Paul McLinden

Ballet / Pilates

while completing his classical ballet training withLondon’s Central Ballet School, Paul certified to teach Pilates as one of the first apprentices to Alan Herdman, the internationally renowned master who is credited with bringing the Pilates method to the UK.

Paul went on to spend nearly a decade under contract as a soloist for national ballet companies in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Spain andIsrael. During the peak of his performance career, he shared a stage with some of ballet’s biggest stars, including Rudolf Nureyev, Carla Fracchi, and the Bolshoi’s Nina Ananiashvili.

In the early 1990’s, Paul successfully completed the ProfessionalDancers’ Teaching Course at the Royal Academy of Dance, personally approved to teach classical ballet by then president DameMargot Fonteyn. After his certification by the RAD, Paul accepted teaching positions at three of Italy’s most celebrated ballet academies: San Carlo di Napoli, Reggio Emilia Opera House and the esteemed Arena di Verona.

Having travelled the world perfecting the classical method, Paul returned to the UK in 1996 to become the first Head of TeacherTraining for the newly-founded Body Control Pilates Association.Body Control is now Europe’s largest training body and an undisputed international leader in Pilates education.

Today, Paul remains one of the most recognisable names in thePilates industry. Since co-founding Brighton and Hove’s first studio nearly 15 years ago, hundreds of instructors have certified to teach under Paul’s experienced tuition. Paul has presented MasterclassWorkshops on five continents and remains a Senior Course Lecturer for Body Control. His first instructional DVD Pilates for Dancers was released in 2009.

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