International guest master trainer

Deeper into contrology

with Dena Drotar

16-19 May 2019

Approved for 15 PDP’s with the PAA

We are proud and excited to announce our hosting of LA-based Dena Drotar for another amazing event over 17-19 May 2019, co-delivered with our own Wade Edwell. Private Lessons with Dena and Wade will also be available Thursday 16 May.

Dena was one of the four founding teachers of Vintage Pilates, along with Jay Grimes and Sandy Shimoda, and was Director of the Vintage Pilates Teachers’ programs, including the highly selective graduate program, The Work. Importantly during her time at Vintage Pilates she assisted Jay Grimes in many workshops and training groups, and is a true keeper of his legacy.

For information please see the attached information booklet, and to book contact the studio or go to the enrollments page of our Mindbody site.


The 2019 PP Wrap Up


Saturday 30 Nov & Sunday 1 Dec

Come and join us for a weekend of sweat, laughs, and exceptional training across 4 great PP workshops and Open Haus sessions. Each 3-hour workshop will include a seminar and a workout, and you can choose to take just one session, two, three, or all four. The overall theme for our event this year is FOCUS- in ourselves and in our teaching. Join us as we say farewell to 2019 and welcome in a great summer.

One Workshop $250

Two Workshops $450

Three Workshops $600

All Four Workshops $700

Workshop purchases are non-refundable or transferable

To purchase, head to our Mindbody Online Store > Series and Memberships > The 2019 PP Wrap Up, and make your selection. Follow through to purchase. Once purchased you will then need to register into each workshop by clicking Classes> search for the corresponding date > Sign Up Now to the workshop/s of your choice.

Workshop #1: Eyes on the Prize

Saturday 30 Nov at 9am… Fighters, Gymnasts, Dancers… all share a commonality in using their eyes to focus their mind, power and alignment into reaching their goal. In this workshop we will look into how using and cuing sight lines and focus can bring about dramatic shifts in coordination of Contrology exercises, positive changes in alignment, connection to apparatus and space, as well as making us more determined movers.

Workshop #2: Get to the Point

Saturday 30 Nov at 1pm… How do you know what the most important cue you can give someone is? When you observe a body in motion that’s throwing up seemingly numerous problems, where do you start and how do you make matters simple so as not to overwhelm your client. In Get to the Point we will consider a simple framework for approaching our clients as individuals, enabling us to balance our responsiblites in improving their physical condition while also staying true to the work of Joe Pilates.

Workshop #3: On the Straight and Narrow

Sunday 1 Dec at 9am… Do you get stuck over-correcting yourself? Do you find that you workout too slow and feel you’re not staying true to the pace of Joe’s system? Perhaps you train too hard and fast and leave little space to work into the things that your body specifically needs? In Get to the Point we considered how we best work on our clients, now let’s work on ourselves. How do we recognise the most essential things in our body that need conditioning, and ensure that we work out in a manner true to the qualities and ‘feel’ of Joe’s system while progressing our body’s individual concerns.

Workshop #4: Get your SHIT together!

Sunday 1 Dec at 1pm… Let’s finish strong and get our SHIT together! How do you develop and maintain a love for practice if your experience to date hasn’t helped you love yourself? In a world full of imagery, see-through Lycra, (sometimes) bitter teaching and studio culture, and unhelpful perceptions of self, how do you learn to love Pilates for you. If the system ‘fixes everything’ but we still feel we’re lagging, perhaps it’s our mind that’s holding us back. Let’s learn to get comfortable with our flaws, acknowledge our fears and weaknesses and set ourselves on a path to using Joe’s system to strengthen our mind as well as our body. Join us as we put together everything we’ve learnt and practiced this weekend, lift up our unique and individual condition, get sweaty, healthy and happy.

Training with Proper Pilates

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.”

-Maya Angelou

Teachers looking to train with our studio are welcome to book Private Lessons with our staff, either In-Studio or Online.

Alternatively, if you’re wishing to truly learn and experience our methodology why not join the studio as our regular clients do, through our Open Haus program. This ensures that you maintain frequent contact with us, and over time will shift your movement practice in line with our teaching. In the long term you’ll gain great understanding of the legacy we are carrying forward from our own teachers, preserving the historical connection we have back to Joe Pilates and his studio.

Proper Pilates does not offer a certification program. Instead we run a select-entry Mentorship Program for certified teachers that passes on our methodologies and experience to those we feel have both a synergy with our work, and will faithfully and accurately carry forward the legacy we are responsible for. Successful applicants will first have been a regular client of the studio.

Business Coaching

Proper Pilates Training Director, Wade Edwell, offers 1-1 or group based Pilates-business coaching, either in-studio, onsite, or via the internet. Sessions will be tailored to the individual or groups’ need. As a long term and broadly employed member of the fitness community Wade has a wealth of experience gleaned across 18 years in management, training, teaching and business ownership.

Sometimes it takes the eyes of a separate party to help you see where you’re at, what your attributes and values really are, and help you action a plan to take you towards a destination of your choosing rather that fates. Largely this is down to the fact that people working in the Pilates industry are prepared as teachers, but no managers, trainers or owners of studios. Furthermore, it can be difficult in the modern landscape to see through industry mist to a bright future that meets your values and needs at the same time.

If you find yourself searching, insecure, and uncertain, don’t be afraid to look outward for help. Contact us directly, or simply book a Private or Internet Private Lesson with Wade through our Mindbody site or App to get the ball of change rolling.