Performance Pilates

The Thinking Person's Exercise



Led by Ellena Conland, the Performance Pilates team consists of highly skilled and certified pilates teachers dedicated to giving you the best pilates workout:

Ellena Conland

Ellena opened the Performance Pilates studio in May 2002 upon her return from London, at a time when pilates was really beginning to take off. 

Originally completing a Dance degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, as a dancer Ellena first began doing pilates with Craig Phillips, (Clinical Pilates), in Melbourne.  Having gained so much from the technique herself, she decided that she would like to teach it.  While still dancing professionally, she undertook apprenticeship style training in 1996 with Maree Seerdon (Polestar Pilates License holder for New Zealand) of the Pilates Body Studio in Auckland.

Heading to London for her O.E in 1998, Ellena was employed by Body Control Pilates U.K, now the biggest European pilates organisation. In her time with them in London she opened and managed two studios, including the first pilates studio to be based in a health club in the U.K. She was a lecturer and examiner for Body Control's Teacher Training Mat and Reformer courses, taught pilates workshops, and was a teacher at well known author Gordon Thomson's Pilates and Rehabilitation Studio.

Ellena has now been teaching pilates for 19 years, her experience spanning several different studios in various parts of the world. Her love of teaching pilates includes many areas, such as general fitness, pregnancy and post-natal, rehabilitation, dance and the teaching and mentoring of others to be pilates teachers. 

In 2003 Ellena established Performance Pilates Teacher Training, and has twice run year-long in-house teacher training courses, working with select groups of students to train them in quality teaching standards.  During 2008/9 Ellena was appointed at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington to teach pilates to the professional dance students, both in mat and studio work. 

Ellena is fully qualified through Polestar Pilates, having been certified in the Studio Course (2011) and also completing the Rehabilitation course in 2002.  She continues to regularly attend many conferences and courses, some of which include Neuro-Muscular Rehabilitation, Advanced Spine, Scoliosis, Women’s Health, Exercise and the Pelvic Floor and Pilates for Dancers.

Ellena has previously mentored and been an Educator for Polestar, overseeing student training and the Performance Pilates studio has twice hosted Polestar Pilates Education teacher training courses.

Continuing her passion for learning all things to do with the human body Ellena, is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Sport and Exercise, with a view to continuing to Post-Graduate study.

She is Mum to Luke, (13) Liam (9) and Holly (7), and somehow manages to balance being a Mum with running a busy pilates studio!  

Kim Hewson

Kim has more than ten years group fitness experience; seven of which is in her specialty of Pilates, which she found whilst rehabilitating from a sports injury. Kim is a highly successful pilates teacher, and what she loves most about her job is sharing the benefits of Pilates with her clients.  Her many qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Exercise Science completed Nov 2005
  • Peak Pilates classical mat qualification completed May 2006
  • Pre & Post Natal Pilates completed Aug 2007
  • Polestar Studio Equipment Pilates completed Nov 2011

Loata Stewart

Starting at the studio in 2003 as a client, Loata quickly realized the benefits of pilates for her own strength and flexibility. Slowing down movement and focusing on how the body moves became essential for her busy life. Loata decided she would like to become a teacher and so she initially trained with Performance Pilates (Ellena Conland and Alison Townsend) and later with Polestar Pilates. Loata has been teaching for 8 years and is an asset to the studio. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and fitness levels, but is particularly interested in how pilates can assist in managing the natural aging process.   

Kirsty Dickson

Kirsty started her pilates in 2000, originally as a studio client, before deciding she would like to teach.  She then embarked on the challenge of the Polestar Pilates Studio Training course, completing it in 2008 to become a teacher. Originally having studied at Victoria University and graduating with a Bachelor in Science, she has come to realize the important benefits of a good pilates workout to not only the body but also the mind. Juggling her busy work schedule, Kirsty manages to find time to shape, mold and pass on her pilates experiences to our clients once a week on a Thursday night.  Her classes are well planned and taught in a precise and thoughtful manner, giving each client the time to be challenged and nurtured.

Also teaching on occasion at Performance Pilates:

Juliet Shelly

Shelly Futter

Carla Carbeza

"To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability." - Joseph H Pilates

All teachers at Performance Pilates are Polestar Pilates certified.