Pilates Instructors

Beck Szewczuk

Studio and Mat Pilates Instructor

I have always been active and loved running and enjoyed playing netball and basketball and sport in general.

I first started Studio Pilates at the end of 2014 after a hip injury which even after seeing a multitude of health professionals did not improve that is when my physio suggested I try Pilates. After only a few sessions I could feel the difference in my body and became hooked. I was amazed that the muscle retraining and education during my Pilates sessions could make such an improvement in my muscle balance and movement patterns.

Looking to do something different and with a background in exercise science becoming a Pilates instructor seemed like a natural progression and I completed the Level 2 APMA instructing course in 2016.

Australian Business Number: 16 297 488 381


  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction
  • APMA Level 2 Teacher Training

Kim Rowe

Studio and Mat Instructor

Kim fell in love with Pilates at just 16, and has been practicing ever since.  A busy mum of one, Pilates is Kim’s passion and allows her some very important ‘me-time’ time each week!

Pilates helped Kim work through what could have been a debilitating back injury allowing her to remain strong and focused. Now as a Mum, Pilates has taught Kim so much about her body and what it is capable of, more importantly the huge role it has played in her recovery postpartum.

“I love the challenge that Pilates brings both mentally and physically.  My clients can expect classes consisting in a mixture of mat, reformer and apparatus based programs. For me, it’s so rewarding to see my clients grow.  With focus, discipline and fun you can integrate new exercises and challenges into any Pilates program – I can’t wait to start”.

Australian Business Number: 40 807 346 213


  • Anatomy for Pilates Course – Studio Pilates
  • Mat Instructor Course – Studio Pilates
  • Reformer Instructor Course – Studio Pilates
  • Small Equipment Instructor Course – Studio Pilates

Emmie Vare

Mat Instructor

Emmie discovered her love for Pilates in preparation for her first baby six years ago. Now, a busy mum of two Emmie studied her Cert IV in Pilates Instruction at Breathe Education. She enjoys teaching clients of all ages, levels and experience and loves nothing more than watching her client’s progress through their Pilates journey to achieve their goals.

All of Emmie’s classes are a “full body workout” made up of both movement and stretch, with added modifications to suit each and every client’s individual needs.

“I teach Pilates because I want to help others feel the benefits that I continue to feel both physically and mentally.”

Australian Business Number: 909 501 319 84


  • Certificate IV in Pilates Mat and Reformer – Breathe Education

Joanna Nicholls

Mat Instructor

Originally from the UK, Joanna now calls the Mornington Peninsula home. A busy mum of two, Joanna originally found a passion for mat-based Pilates as a way to manage chronic hip and gluteal pain caused by hyper-mobility after her pregnancies. Joanna loves the strength, length and stability that Mat Pilates provides both her and her clients. Qualified as a level-3 Mat Pilates Instructor, Joanna furthered her knowledge gaining accreditation in both pre and post-natal Mat Pilates. This makes her a VERY special addition to the SMAPS squad, allowing us to offer (for the first time) Mat-based pregnancy Pilates!

In the UK Joanna worked alongside a Physiotherapist teaching Mat Pilates, Chair Pilates, and private classes.

“I love that Pilates doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can do it, anyone can improve and anyone can truly see the benefits that Pilates provides within a relatively short period of time. It’s like magic”.

Australian Business Number: 21 637 922 251


  • Certificate IV in Mat Pilates Instruction
  • Certified Barre Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Pre/Post-natal Mat Pilates Instructor

Emma Hadaway

Mat Pilates Instructor

Emma has always had a passion for health and fitness, starting her own Pilates journey a few years ago to help improve her core strength and posture. Emma believes that Pilates is great for people of all ages and fitness levels and is perfect for those with injuries, weakness or limitations.

Over the years Emma has enjoyed dancing, swimming, aerobics, and playing various sports – all while working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, offering her clients expert nutritional advice. Emma blends her love for high intensity fitness with a Pilates control and concept.

“I really love helping my clients obtain strength and body balance ‘inside’ and ‘out’, I try to make each class fun yet challenging, helping each client build healthy movement patterns.”

In her spare time Emma loves to spend it with her partner, Simon and British Bulldog, Bonnie. She also enjoys travelling, running, swimming and yoga to keep fit.

Australian Business Number: 58 675 749 438


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Majoring in Human Movement – Deakin University
  • Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction
  • Certificate IV in Matwork
  • Mat Instructor Course – Studio Pilates
  • Reformer Instructor Course – Studio Pilates

Nichola Schapendonk

Mat Pilates Instructor

Nichola’s love of dance began at the tender age of two, although the past 9 years she has been professionally trained in Classical Ballet both here and in Germany and that is where her love for Pilates was born. Nichola’s appreciation for Pilates increased over the years as she began to rely on it as a valuable tool to increase strength, control and maintain condition for her demanding dancing career.

With first-hand experience of the amazing benefits of Pilates, the decision to become an instructor was the obvious next step for Nichola completing her Cert IV in Pilates Mat and Reformer from Breathe Education.

“I feel the beauty of being able to tailor a class to meet a bodies requirements for that particular day is something so unique. I look forward to teaching at SMAPS and sharing my passion and knowledge for Pilates.”

Australian Business Number: 18764843038


  • Cert IV in Mat & Reformer Pilates Instruction
  • Certified Barre Pilates Instructor

Sarah Dewing

Mat Pilates Instructor

Sarah has grown up with a passion for dance and performance and has spent much of her working career as a performer for The Walt Disney Company with contracts in Japan, Hong Kong and Paris. She has always enjoyed being active and exercising as a part of daily life and knows firsthand the benefits of Pilates for remaining fit and healthy.
Sarah is a lifelong learner and loves that Pilates take a holistic approach to all elements of the mind / body connection. “I love to tailor each class to emphasis my clients goals and organic progression.”

Australian Business Number: 89218069882


  • Certificate of Mat Pilates Instruction


All of our Pilates Instructors:

  • Have current First aid and CPR training
  • Have current and relevant association memberships
  • Attend ongoing training, workshops and professional development
  • Act as independent instructors and carry their own public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance