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KIM PAXTON

OWNER AND HEAD INSTRUCTOR

'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.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A PILATES TEACHER?


PILATES HAD MADE AN APPEARANCE FIRST IN MY FULL TIME BALLET TRAINING IN THE FORM OF CONDITIONING CLASSES, BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL YEARS LATER, AFTER GAINING MY CERTIFICATION AS A BALLET TEACHER THAT I REDISCOVERED PILATES. I WAS LIVING IN EDMONTON, CANADA AT THE TIME AND WANTED TO ADD TO MY SKILL SET, SO SOON AFTER TAKING MY FIRST CLASS AT INTEGRATION PILATES STUDIO I ENROLLED IN THEIR MAT CERTIFICATION, FOLLOWED BY THE COMPREHENSIVE STUDIO CERTIFICATION. AT A CONFERENCE IN THE US, I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO CLASSICAL PILATES AND AS I SAY NOW, ‘I FELL DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE’ AND HAVE COMMITTED TO LEARNING ALL I CAN ABOUT THE CLASSICAL SYSTEM AND HAVE HAD SOME INCREDIBLE TEACHERS OVER THE YEARS.

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?


MY TEACHERS OVER THE YEARS HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR CRAFT, MY FIRST BALLET TEACHER BRONWYN INSTILLED IN ME A LOVE OF HARDWORK AND PERSEVERANCE. MY FAMILY AND MY HUSBAND, WHO PUTS UP WITH ME! 

FAVOURITE ALBUM?


JUST ONE? I HAVE A GROWING COLLECTION OF NEW AND OLD VINYL, THOUGH SOMETIMES A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HITS THE SPOT (AND HELPS ME GET MY 80’S MUSIC FIX). I WOULD HAVE TO SAY AN ALBUM THAT STILL INFLUENCES ME TO THIS DAY IS OK COMPUTER - RADIOHEAD, JONI MITCHELL’S BLUE AND I’M CURRENTLY LOVING KURT VILE AND MY JAZZ COLLECTION.

ON SUNDAY MORNINGS YOU’LL FIND ME:


IN BED WITH MY DECAF COFFEE (HAD TO GIVE UP THE CAFFEINE A WHILE BACK) AND MY IPAD BROWSING THROUGH THEDESIGNFILES.NET. I’VE LEARNT RECENTLY THAT IT ISN’T NECESSARY TO GET OUT OF BED AT 8AM ON A SUNDAY, SO I’VE BEEN PRACTICING A SLOWER START TO THE DAY AND HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THAT. 

WHAT ARE YOU HAPPIEST DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?


HANGING OUT WITH MY KIDS (AGES 6 AND 9) AND HUSBAND. READING, WORKING ON MY POTTERY PRACTICE, TRAIL RUNNING (HOW LUCKY ARE WE TO HAVE THE BELAIR NATIONAL PARK AT OUR DOORSTEP!) AND YOGA. 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO:

IT WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN’T QUOTE JOSEPH PILATES! ‘PHYSICAL FITNESS IS THE FIRST REQUISITE OF HAPPINESS. 

ALSO, I’M CURRENTLY READING BRENE BROWN’S WORK AND EVEN THOUGH IT’S MORE LIKE A QUOTE THAN MOTTO IT GIVES ME A LOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN THINGS SOMETIMES GET HARD IN MY BUSINESS AND LIFE.  IT’S ACTUALLY A THEODORE ROOSEVELT QUOTE, BUT I READ IT IN HER WORK FIRST:

“IT IS NOT THE CRITIC WHO COUNTS; NOT THE MAN WHO POINTS OUT HOW THE STRONG MAN STUMBLES, OR WHERE THE DOER OF DEEDS COULD HAVE DONE THEM BETTER. THE CREDIT BELONGS TO THE MAN WHO IS ACTUALLY IN THE ARENA, WHOSE FACE IS MARRED BY DUST AND SWEAT AND BLOOD; WHO STRIVES VALIANTLY; WHO ERRS, WHO COMES SHORT AGAIN AND AGAIN, BECAUSE THERE IS NO EFFORT WITHOUT ERROR AND SHORTCOMING; BUT WHO DOES ACTUALLY STRIVE TO DO THE DEEDS; WHO KNOWS GREAT ENTHUSIASMS, THE GREAT DEVOTIONS; WHO SPENDS HIMSELF IN A WORTHY CAUSE; WHO AT THE BEST KNOWS IN THE END THE TRIUMPH OF HIGH ACHIEVEMENT, AND WHO AT THE WORST, IF HE FAILS, AT LEAST FAILS WHILE DARING GREATLY.”

IF YOU WENT TO HAPPY HOUR, WHAT WOULD YOU ORDER:


EITHER A GIN BASED COCKTAIL (THE IMPERIAL SOUR FROM PRESS IS AMAZING) OR A SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RED.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SKILLS OR TALENTS THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT?


I’VE BEEN SLOWLY BUILDING UP MY SKILLS IN CERAMICS. I HAVE A SMALL SHED AT THE TOP OF MY GARDEN THAT I CREATE IN AND A LOCAL CLASS WITH AN AMAZING INSTRUCTOR (CALL OUT TO ALI AT RED BIRD STUDIO!) I LOVE THE CORRELATION WITH THROWING ON THE WHEEL AND PILATES - BREATH AND CENTERING, PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE ARE SO IMPORTANT TO SUCCESS IN EACH ENDEAVOUR. EVEN THOUGH I’M VERY MUCH A BEGINNER, I LOVE SEEING PROGRESS OVER TIME AND VERY MUCH ENJOY THE CREATIVE OUTLET.

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NADIA CUSIMANO

PILATES TEACHER AND DANCE ARTIST

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 WWW.THEPILATESROOM.ORG.UK 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.

 
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Address: 4/26 COROMANDEL PARADE, BLACKWOOD, 5051

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Phone: 08 7225 8901

Email:  kim@thepilatesstudioblackwood.com.au

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