A practical, contemporary approach
Contemporary / jazz dance classes
We have a scientific, analytical approach to movement and emphasise individual development.
Our style of teaching is educational, anatomical and contemporary.
Catherine is fascinated by human movement. Endlessly curious, she has explored everything from professional dance to martial arts to power lifting.
As an experienced and skilled pilates practitioner, Catherine has a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of anatomy and movement mechanics. As a philosophy postgraduate, she understands the importance of conveying concepts clearly and accurately – a crucial component of effective teaching.
Catherine is passionate about teaching. She constantly looks for creative strategies to improve the experience of her clients.
Contemporary / Jazz Dance Classes
We’ll start with a dynamic dance warm-up, learn basic foot and turning patterns, try some short choreographed sequences in a variety of styles and end with a bit of stretching.
These classes take place at the Paradiso Academy studio (2nd floor, 47 de Villiers street, on the corner of de Villiers and Roeland).
Saturdays 10h00. R100 pp/class.
Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. You can be bare foot or wear sneakers.
The studio is on the 1st floor above Mink & Trout restaurant.
Please enter Mink & Trout and come up the stairs to the studio.
If the restaurant is closed, please press the pilates buzzer on the intercom pad to access the building.
To book or find out more Whatsapp or call 074 891 8263
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Catherine has created a very special place for her work with her clients - light and airy, elegant and interesting. The studio space reflects the way that Catherine works - with care, intelligence and skill. Pilates sessions with Catherine are always enjoyable - her deep knowledge of how the body works effectively and her ability to communicate and demonstrate this enthusiastically is illuminating and educational. She has the most amazing powers of observation that really help bring awareness and precision to my movements and this stays with me long after the lessons are over. Catherine is a consummate professional and inspirational teacher and I strongly recommend her work and her beautiful studio.
As someone prone to injury due to hyper-mobility, Cath's intelligent and considered approach to pilates has restored my mobility and improved my confidence in my ability to exercise. Her hands-on manner served to educate me about anatomy which has gone a long way towards preventing further injury. I particularly commend her on her focus on form, her adaptation of exercises to accommodate existing injuries, her patience and positive disposition. The studio is centrally situated, filled with light, attention to design-detail and well equipped. In addition to taking classes with Cath, I attended the inaugural Science in Motion event and will definitely be returning for more enlightenment and networking opportunities. I recommend Cath’s services without hesitation.
I think Catherine is an excellent teacher who has the ability to make me 'see' (while I am lying nose-down on the floor) the mistakes in my movements and posture, without criticising. I can feel the improvement after each session and would not hesitate to recommend her classes to anyone.
In the short time I had to spend training at Science In Motion, I was very impressed with Catherine's approach, and with how useful Pilates can be, I feel to any type of sport or physical training. Her verbal instruction was lucid and informed and helped me to develop consciousness of and activate with little difficulty the smaller, finer muscle groups that are often neglected and underused in movement, as well as become aware of the faulty activation patterns I had developed from rigorous training with little attention to optimal form. Her approach was personalised and very helpful to me and I would highly recommend Science In Motion to anyone.
[On how pilates prepared this cyclist for the Wines2Whales race]. A few of the mat tricks which bailed me out on the saddle: Tilting the pelvis north-ish (don’t know why but it helped the lower back), recruiting those back of the armpit muscles took pressure off the wrists and neck. Recruiting the abdominals also helped the back. I did however have 6 proper tumbles. Bruised but not broken. So more pilates for more riding.
I have been attending Cath's classes once a week for over 3 years now. Over the course of the past 10 years I have been to various physios, chiros etc... The last chiro told me there wasn't much he could do with regards to my back ache, other than to suggest I take up Pilates. The thought alone bored me to death. It took me a good few years before I finally decided to give Pilates a try. Based on a recommendation from my colleague, I joined Cath's class and have never looked back! If someone had told me 3 years ago I would still be enjoying and looking forward to my weekly sessions I would not have believed them. Cath pays incredible attention to detail – if I make the slightest adjustment while holding a position, I can be sure she’ll notice. She seems genuinely interested in ‘fixing’ my anomalies, is always looking for ways to keep things interesting and fresh, is constantly furthering her own knowledge and is friendly and professional at all times.
Excellent training with incredible attention to detail. It's a great balance of physical challenge with the confidence that Cath does not ever push my body to the point of injury. She is patient, knowledgable and creative, so it never becomes boring or too repetitive.
Practical (scientific) approach to the body and movement. Very useful techniques.
I find classes with Catherine fun and challenging. She is very good at what she does and coaches people individually even in a group class context, remembering people's injuries or challenges and recognizing progress. Things are well run and professional and I feel confident and safe in her hands.
Cath is very personal and takes the time to make sure that you're doing things correctly.
I enjoy the detail and precision with which the classes are taught and the variety of exercises. I feel that Catherine is always learning and increasing her own knowledge and ability and I think that is a quality of an excellent teacher.
I have been going to Catherine's classes for over two years now. I have become a Pilates evangeliser because of her and her methods and have no hesitation in recommending her as a Pilates teacher.
Fab instructor, fab location and fab studio.... Catherine really cares about her clients on a physical and personal level. Catherine pays close attention to detail, and has studied in depth. In my opinion, Cath's vast wealth of knowledge often surpasses physiotherapists and other experts. I have benefited from all of my time spent with Catherine at the studio, I'm stronger and fitter than ever before! I apply my alignment awareness to everyday life and other sports which will also benefit me in years to come too! Thumbs up from me!!
Catherine in the past 6 months has transformed my body and my well being. Having suffered chronic shoulder pain for years, Catherine has given me the right tools to manage my pain and above all, knowledge on understanding why I have been in this position for so long. Catherine is highly intuitive and observant. For this I would recommend her one-on-one classes as I have gained the most during these lessons. Her method of teaching pilates is also a step above others. Methodological, easy to follow and technical.
Catherine is a professional - knowledgeable and dedicated. I look forward to my hourly sessions with Catherine and love the feeling of being stronger and fitter. Highly recommend!