Sophie Northam - Principal
Sophie has always had a passion for movement. She began her career as a professional ballet dancer, performing featured roles with companies in New York and Germany.
During her time as a dancer, Sophie used Pilates as an integral part of her general conditioning and rehabilitation program. Therefore, it was only natural that she developed a desire to continue her involvement with Pilates after her retirement from dancing.
After returning to Brisbane in 2006, Sophie completed her instructor training program under the guidance of respected Australian practitioners Nicole Vass and Jan Smith and began to teach mat and studio Pilates. Sophie also completed the internationally recognised Polestar Studio Pilates Instructor Course.
Sophie has travelled to London, New York and Vancouver to learn from leading international practitioners. In Vancouver, Sophie became qualified to teach the "Pink Ribbon Program", a Pilates-based recovery program for breast cancer survivors to help regain mobility and improve quality of life. She is also a licenced Xtend Barre instructor and is excited at the opportunity this presents to combine Pilates with her love of dance.
Sophie has enjoyed teaching Pilates to a broad spectrum of the community, including:
- the Brisbane Lions AFL football team (3 seasons as principal Pilates instructor);
- other professional athletes, including cricket players, rugby union players, squash players and track athletes;
- recreational athletes;
- pre and post natal women
- business professionals
Sophie believes Pilates can benefit everyone and looks forward to working with you to achieve your health and fitness goals, no matter how big or small, in the Fine Lines Pilates & Movement studio!
Felicity has been involved in the fitness and rehabilitation industry since graduating with a degree in Sport Rehabilitation in the UK in 2000. She qualified as a Pilates Matwork instructor in 2005 and, since that time, has been teaching regular mat classes at various ability levels. Felicity moved to Australia in 2007 where she has continued to pursue her career in Pilates, working in both natural health and physiotherapy centres and Pilates studios.
Through Polestar Pilates, she became a Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation in 2008 (allowing her to instruct on studio equipment) and gained both the Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork Instruction and the Pilates Diploma in 2011. Felicity is also a mentor for students undertaking Pilates training through Polestar Pilates.
Felicity is a member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia and regularly attends training course to ensure her knowledge and teaching is current, varied and positive for clients. Felicity teaches at Fine Lines Monday and Friday mornings.
Riannon has thirteen years experience as a Professional Contemporary dancer and teacher here in Australia and overseas. Most recently retiring at the end of 2013 from Expressions Dance Company. Having a very strong knowledge of the body and Pilates always a strong foundation and readily taught throughout her career, it seemed only natural that these paths would one day cross. Riannon is a qualified Mat instructor through Studio Pilates, Xtend Barre instructor and is currently studying pre & post Natal mat Pilates. Riannon has been a member of the Fine Lines team since 2012.
Shauna used to be a lawyer working in criminal law and policy. Frustrated (in so many ways), she became a certified Pilates matwork instructor in 2004 and in March this year completed her Xtend Barre instructor training.She loves making legs shake at the Barre and helping to create that lovely endorphin rush you get at the end of a class. She'd love to see your shaking legs in a class soon!
Erin completed her dance training with an Associate Degree in Dance from QUT, graduating in 2000. Since then she has enjoyed a long career as a professional dancer, working all over the world. Erin undertook her Xtend Barre training in May 2013 and is now excited to combine her love of Dance and Pilates. Erin would love to see you in one of her Xtend classes!