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'Kim Paxton's passion is infectious!' - Adelaide Magazine 2012
Originally from New Zealand, Kim’s early training began in ballet and modern dance. Moving to Melbourne at age 16, she continued to study Ballet full-time, eventually leading to a contract dancing with the Guangzhou Ballet Company, China. After her time here, Kim relocated to Canada where she attained her Teacher’s Certificate through the Royal Academy of Dance, teaching dance to children.

Kim decided to pursue Pilates teacher training, after retiring from dance. Initially training with Tracy Friesen of Integration Pilates (Edmonton, Canada) she has since continued her education with some of the finest Pilates schools in the industry such as the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, Pilates from the Center, Vancouver (under Matilda Christensen) and Simply Pilates in Melbourne and currently with Olga Tamara from Authentic Pilates Education Australia (based in Sydney).

 She has also attained a certification in Pre and Post Natal Pilates from the Center of Women’s Fitness (US) and has a very special interest in the health and well-being of women in pregnancy and beyond. She has also undertaken training in Myofascial release, trigger point therapy and other complementary modalities here in Adelaide.

Kim is passionate about teaching Authentic Pilates to a wide range of people, from elite athletes and dancers to office-workers, those getting back to exercise, new mums and mums-to-be. She believes the beauty of the method lies in it’s versatility and ability to modify or challenge the individual depending on their needs.

 As the owner of The Pilates Studio Blackwood, Kim looks forward to teaching Pilates in her neighbourhood, having moved up to the Adelaide hills with her husband, two small children in 2012.

Kim is a faculty member of Authentic Pilates Education International (APEI) (Basic and Intermediate) and is proud to be hosting the APEA certification to train aspiring Pilates teachers in Adelaide, this being the first time Authentic Pilates training has been offered in South Australia. In 2017, Kim was asked to teach class at the Pilates Alliance Australasia Conference and has been invited again in 2019.

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Originally from Tasmania, Stephanie moved to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She completed this in 2012 and has been working in private practice for the last five years, where she enjoys a balance of hands on treatment and teaching Pilates.


Beginning her Pilates training with Polestar Pilates, Stephanie has a Certificate IV and Diploma in Polestar Pilates, and is also a mentor with Polestar Pilates. She has also attended the Womens Health and Pregnancy Pilates course through polestar and enjoys working with this clientele to keep them fit and healthy in a safe environment.


Stephanie wanted to expand on her Pilates knowledge and begun attending privates and classes with Kim in 2017. She fell in love with the method immediately and begun her teacher training late in 2017. Having played piano up to grade 8 with A.M.E.B, she appreciates how an instructor can use tempo and different tones in their voice when teaching clients, depending on what emphasis you are trying to achieve on any given day. She loves how the repertoire can be quite structured, allowing for discipline and self-reflection, but also allows itself to be adapted to the individual in order to achieve their goals. She also loves the emphasis of hands on being provided by the instructor to the client, in order for the client to be able to experience an exercise in a way they may not be able to, or not yet, explore.


She feels that Pilates is an exercise beneficial to anyone and everyone, and looks forward to working with you on your goals in the near future.

Steph is currently studying Japanese Acupuncture as an additional treatment tool with her physiotherapy and has found that learning the relationship of meridians and energy flow in a person’s body can be also carried over to Pilates, when looking at areas of weakness and tightness in the body.


Enjoying recreational running herself, she is also in the process of completing her certification as a Runity running coach.




Nadia has a Diploma in Physical Education- Sport and a BA in Performing Arts, European Dance

Development Center E.D.D.C. 1996, Arnheim.


Nadia was a professional dancer member of Sasha Waltz and Guests company from 1996 till 2002. In 2009 she returned to Sasha's company as a repetitor, guest performer and as a teacher regularly training the company.


Nadia has collaborated on projects with the choreographers Nigel Charnock, Mary Fulkerson, Tony Tatcher, Karen Nelson, Charlotte Zerbey, Howard Fireheart, Luc Dunberry, Ami Garmon, Paul Gazzola, Constanza Macras, Jochen Roller,Xavier Le Roy,Tino Seghal, Eszter Salamon, and Angelika Oei a.o.

In 2007 she received her Professional Pilates Certification through Peak Pilates® at the Pilates

Zentrum in Berlin where she studied extensively with MA teacher Eduardo Laranjeira ( trained in

New York by Romana Kryzanowska). She has also attended worskshops with renowned teachers, including  with Kelly Moriarty, Rodrigo Galliano, MA teachers Michael Fritzke & Ton Voogt and Peter Fiasca.

Since her Certification, Nadia has being working at the Pilates Zentrum Studios in Berlin and in April

2008 she moved to London working at the Pilates Room where she

continued as well her education with Linda Zurak MA Teacher and with Deborah Henley MA in

Boulder and Director of the Pilates studio. Workshops with Ami Alpers MA- Director of The Pilates

Center in Boulder, Colorado USA.

Since 2009 Nadia has Certified as a SME™ Somatic Movement Educator through the Body Mind Centering

School® in El Sobrante in California, USA.

Nadia regularly organise workshops where she combined her knowledge of Pilates and BMC™ at

Tanzfabrik as part of the Sommertanz Workshops 2013 in Berlin.

She has been teaching at the Scotiabank Dance Center in Vancouver, Canada; ADT Australian

Dance Theatre, Restless Dance Theatre, AC Arts, in Adelaide; Dancehause and VCA, Victorian

College of the Arts in Melbourne.

Recently teaching at Short and Sweet Festival in Canberra.


In Adelaide she has worked as a Pilates Instructor at InsideOut health Studio, Movemeant Pilates

Studio, Southern Women's Health, Genesis Fitness Club and Noarlunga Leisure Centre and in

Sydney at Evolution Pilates, IMS Integrated Movement Studio, Fluid Form Pilates and MG Pilates.

She founded her own music-theatre-performance company Le due Moine with Paola Bartoletti.