"Viki has changed my life! No joke; I have incredibly sensitive shoulder and elbow joints. After many sustained injuries, my Physiotherapist (Kate Abbott) said I needed more regular strengthening exercises and especially recommended Pilates. I have been working with Viki both privately on the reformer and within her class schedule at least 3 times a week and I am hoping never to see the Physiotherapist EVER again! I am loving it! Going back to the beginning, Viki has changed my life!" - Sophie


Pilates is an exercise system developed in the first half of the 20th Century by Joseph Pilates. It is believed that he drew on the many of the physical training regimes practiced in Germany during his youth, as well as the experiences of his father, a prize-winning gymnast.

Pilates is gentle and safe but extremely powerful. All exercises are done with control, the muscles working to lift against gravity or the resistance of apparatus. Pilates requires concentration and precision of movement, with focus on the core abdominal muscles which are thought to be key to stability and balance. Breathing is coordinated with the movements and good posture maintained so that correct muscle usage patterns are reinforced.

In the Pilates system, each exercise can be modified to suit a beginner or challenge the more advanced student. Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance, with emphasis on alignment and posture, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

A Pilates matwork class at the Friends Meeting House in Bakewell

Working with Bakewell Physiotherapy Group

"Bakewell Physiotherapy Group has been established for 15 years, we have an experienced team who are all registered with The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and The HCPC. Working with Viki enhances the service we can provide for our patients as we are able to offer a complete rehabilitation programme.

Our services include: The assessment and treatment of Musculoskeletal conditions, Specialist Women’s Health clinics, Paediatrics, Neurological rehabilitation, Steroid injection clinics, Sports injuries and Sports massage. Click to visit our website for further information." - Bakewell Physiotherapy Group

Reformer Pilates

Joseph Pilates used many items of equipment to help accelerate the process of stretching, strengthening, body alignment and increasing core strength. The best-known and most popular today, the Reformer, was devised to "universally reform the body." The Reformer has a sliding carriage and adjustable springs to provide tension and resistance. Cables, bars, straps, and pulleys allow exercises to be done from a variety of positions including standing.

The Reformer is an excellent tool at all levels - whether you want rehabilitation after injury or to reach the peak of your sports / dance career. Viki has been training students and dancers on the Reformer at Northern Ballet for the past 10 years and now has her own at the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing in Rowsley. Pilates on the Reformer is normally taught as a one-to-one session.

Viki will help you achieve the perfect position on the Reformer.

I love working with Bakewell Physiotherapy Group on rehabilitation. Physio's Kate and Tamsin have both tried the reformer and are delighted to be able to send clients to use it. We work together to cross-reference treatment. It is fantastic to see the difference the exercises can make. - Viki

Body Control Pilates

Since 1996, Body Control Pilates has been at the forefront of the international growth in Pilates. and is seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality. It is Europe’s largest professional Pilates organisation with well over 1,400 teaching members working in more than 40 countries. They work to a Code of Practice governing teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing education. This ensures that teachers continue to build their own skills and knowledge on an ongoing basis, with all Body Control Pilates teachers having access to a programme of more than thirty further courses after initial qualification.

Viki has studied extensively with the Body Control Pilates organisation, on topics such as Pilates for the Older Person, Pregnancy, Breast cancer and Hip replacement rehabilitation, osteoporosis, improving your golf, stretching, the breath as a lantern, and a variety of equipment, ... and is now one of their Supervising Teachers.

Exercises using the Swiss Ball.

High Intensity Power Pilates (HIP)

Viki studied High Intensity Power Pilates with its creator Lisa Bradshaw. It is a more dynamic form of Pilates that combines the precision and focus of a traditional Pilates session with the dynamic energy of a high intensity workout.

Combining core strength, balance and coordination with an energetic cardiovascular element HIP Pilates is the answer to many people’s search for a functional ‘feel good’ workout.

The only equipment required is a mat and a light pair of hand weights - though Viki suggests you bring a bottle of water! Flowing, structured sequences can be threaded into a traditional Pilates session or a total HIP Pilates experience can be taught in 50mins.

HIP (High Intensity Power) Pilates at the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing in Rowsley and at Northern Ballet Academy.

Pilates keeps muscles stronger so that they are in tip-top condition ahead of surgery. Surgeons have commented that my Pilates pupils recover more quickly than expected - and I am delighted to see them coming back to class as soon as they are allowed! - Viki

Dance Classes and Coaching

Viki was a professional ballet dancer for 17 years, then went on to teach for many of the top vocational dance schools and institutions (Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Northern Ballet Associates, Northern Ballet School, Centrepointe, the RAD, BBO, NATD, ISTD, BBA, and the Prince’s Trust). Viki follows the Ichino technique of preventative conditioning, so the dancer gains a clear understanding of their individual strengths and limitations as well as a detailed knowledge of dance technique.

Viki is Head of the Associate Program at Northern Ballet Academy in Leeds, and is running the first week of their International Summer school this year. More locally she teaches adult ballet classes and offers private coaching for younger pupils at the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing.

Like Pilates, ballet can be performed at many different levels. Viki's adult classes are suitable for complete beginners, but will also challenge more experience dancers.

Viki teaching at the Northern Ballet Academy.