Classical Pilates Classes

Chris Hocking demonstrating 'Open Leg Rocker' from Classical sequence.

Classical Matwork Sequence

These classes offer a rare opportunity to participate in the original choreography of Joseph Pilates. The Classical Matwork Sequence evolved in New York in the 1930's-1950's, 36 tough but intriguing movement sequences. 

"Joseph Pilates was doing a lot of work with New York dancers at the time and these sequences have the gorgeousness of dance movements but never stray from the goal of corrective body work. When versed in the anatomy and bio-mechanics of human movement, one can only wonder at the brilliance of his original material. Break it down, teach the essence as a starter exercise, build up from there but never dilute the message. This sequence is a must for all Pilates teachers and an inspiration to us all." Chris Hocking April 2016.


Classical classes are offered to Level 5 students as part of their on-going Pilates training, to suitable guests from PBA Level 4 (£17.50, pay in class) and to Pilates teachers from other Pilates studios with Advanced Pilates Teaching qualifications. Cost per class £22.50 for non-members of PBA. All classes held at The Engine Room, see Venues for location. 11.00 - 12.30pm. There are 2 available term-time Saturdays each month, see below. Please text 07881 494212 to check availability/suitability, and then pay £22.50 in advance using our PayPal Advance Payment Page

Classical Workshops 2020

Jan 18, 25 - Feb 1, 8 - Mar 7, 14  - Apr 25, May 9* (*April’s allocation held in May) - May 16, 30 - Jun 6, 13. 

Further Training

Guests of PBA Weekend Intensives and Pilates days NW1

Suitably advanced Teachers of Pilates, Yoga and Dance may attend all or part of the 3 Weekend Intensives. Saturdays 11am-12.30pm at £22.50 and/or Sun 10-2pm at £60, Pilates Days 10-2pm at £60.

See Year Ahead 2019 for full details of the programme.

Terms and Conditions for attendance of Classical training 

Minimum attendance for Level 4 and guests, 10 monthly sessions per year. Please note these classes must be booked in advance no later than the 2nd Classical class of the previous month and that should a pre-booked class be missed it cannot be carried over to the next month free of charge. One must always pay the full amount for class to make a booking. The swap-in scheme may be used to make up this loss instead as is standard in the school. If dropping a month, please pay for the next but one instead.  

Chris Hocking demonstrating 'Leg Pull-Back'

Chris Hocking demonstrating 'Leg Pull-Back'