09 303 2211

The Pilates Body Studio
Wellesley Street West AUCKLAND

Meet the team

We pride ourselves on the excellence and experience of our instructors

Our team of instructors are highly qualified and experienced and are all certified under the auspices of Polestar Pilates Education. Most have degrees in human movement, physiotherapy or dance and are part of the Polestar Pilates mentor team. All of the instructors continue to train and on a regular basis take continuing education courses to update their teaching skills.

The instructors are selected for their professionalism, reliability, motivation and their ability to customise a workout for the clients' specific needs and goals. The Pilates Body Studio's innovative and proven training methods as well as frequent reviews ensure that the staff is more than capable of providing the best quality of Pilates available.

Introducing the Pilates Body Studio team

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Matthew Smith

Matthew started his training as a Pilates teacher at the Pilates Body Studio in 1997.

He has spent the last 15 years in Europe and has taught Pilates at P.A.R.T.S, which is the school of renowned Belgium Dance Company Rosas, and at the Pilates Academy in the heart of Vienna.  

He is back in NZ now and we are very grateful that he is teaching once more at our studio.

Prior to leaving NZ, Matthew was working as a dancer with Human Garden, Commotion Company, Touch Compass and Blue Vault. He was also a company member of Black Grace.

In Europe he worked as a dance teacher, performer and maker.

He is half way through his Osteopathic Studies.


Emily Adams 

Emily currently works as a Pilates instructor, Contemporary Dance artist and Dance teacher. She fell in love with Pilates at the age of 17 where it was introduced to her during full time dance training at The New Zealand school of Dance. Since then Pilates has been a constant in her life, a regular practice, as it not only enhanced her dance career but her overall wellbeing. In 2007 Emily discovered her passion for the teaching of Pilates via her initial instructor training with Suna Pilates where she qualified with certificates for Mat and Reformer teaching.

Aside from fulltime employment of four years with Wellington based Footnote Dance Company, Emily has had a freelance dance career since 2006. She has had the pleasure of working with various overseas artists and Choreographers and she has been employed by many of the most high profile Choreographers and Companies in the New Zealand dance industry. This work has led her to perform and tour around the country and the world (Europe, UK, USA, Korea, Australia).

She has managed a successful parallel career in both Pilates and Dance and in 2014 she was eager to extend her Pilates training, so began this with the Polestar Pilates method…and has never looked back! Emily has since graduated from both the Polestar Mat and Studio courses, is a Polestar Mentor and is currently training towards an Educator role.

Emily has worked at IQ Pilates, Configure express Women’s Gym, Auckland Physiotherapy, Bodyneed sports clinic, and is presently managing the Pilates Body Studio and is working with ‘Muscle Mouth Dance Company’. Emily considers it to be a privilege to share her passion for Pilates with others, and is deeply invested in guiding each individual towards their goals.

Click here to read more about her passion.


Penny Metcalfe

Looking for different opportunities within the health and fitness industry, Penny was introduced to Pilates in 2008. She began training, then teaching mat classes in Napier and Havelock North after being involved in sports administration and fitness facility management.

Penny's passion for Pilates and teaching led her to develop her skills further and in 2012 she became Studio certified with Polestar Pilates. She also gained certification in Xtend Barre and Xtend Stick in 2013 attending the first course in New Zealand.

Penny loves passing on her enthusiasm for Pilates and movement. She enjoys seeing her clients achieve results, making them feel comfortable and happy both within themselves and in the exercise environment, whilst becoming more aware of mind/body changes.

As a mother of three children Penny knows first-hand the benefits Pilates can bring to building both physical and mental strength!


Caroline Gray

Caroline was first introduced to Pilates in 2006 at her ballet school in Wellington. Pilates helped Caroline to keep her body centered and strong, and consequently became an integral part of her daily life.

In 2008, Caroline graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. She has enjoyed working with some of New Zealand’s leading choreographers and dance companies and has also worked freelance in London as a dancer and performer. 

After experiencing the benefits of Pilates first hand throughout her professional dancing years, Caroline now feels highly motivated about encouraging people to practice Pilates.

Caroline completed her Studio instructor training with Polestar Pilates in 2014 and values continuing education very highly. 

Caroline feels extremely passionate about educating people through movement of the body and loves seeing her client’s confidence grow as they learn new things. Whether it is strength, conditioning or injury rehabilitation she anticipates helping people achieve their goals in the studio.


Shanelle Lenehan

Shanelle started practising Pilates as a client while still completing her dance studies in 2004. After graduating she danced full time professionally alongside practising and exploring the Pilates method and pursuing her interest in studying anatomy and biomechanics.

Shanelle completed her Pilates training with Stability Plus Pilates in 2008 in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Mat, Reformer, TrapTable, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel.

After completing her Pilates training she  worked at Peak Pilates as an instructor and  manager. She instructed group mat, reformer classes and private clients as well as private groups, pregnancy classes and special advanced classes for staff and clients alike. 

Other training included:
- Osteoporosis Management
- Pilates Matwork for Breast Cancer Rehab 
- Pilates for Men
- Reformer for the Older Adult
- The Knee Stability and Function 
- The Lumbo-Pelvic Region 
- Womens Health
- Knee Pathologies
- Authentic Pilates - Mat and Equipment

Shanelle loves teaching and respects her clients hard work and commitment. She is inspired everyday to make herself and her clients more spontaneous and alive through cultivating ease and freedom of movement.

Shanelle is also mother to her daughter Portia, born in April 2015 and is now back teaching Pilates after an exciting season performing in the sell-out show PleasureDome the Musical.





Tel: 09 303 2211
The Pilates Body Studio
2 / 141 Victoria Square
Wellesley Street West