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Fernanda’s passion for Pilates began in 2007 while studying Exercise and Sports Science in Brazil. She worked as a Pilates instructor and also as a Personal Trainer for two years before moving to Australia. In 2009, Fernanda undertook Certificate IV Matwork with Polestar Australia and went on to complete the Diploma of Professional Pilates for Rehabilitation (2011).

Fernanda has been teaching Pilates for the last 8 years in Sydney and Brazil. She continues to develop her approach to Pilates with continuing workshops and Pilates related studies. In 2016 she became part of the Polestar Pilates Educational Team as a Pilates Mentor.

Fernanda enjoys the journey of teaching Pilates from beginners to advanced athletes. She also has a special passion for teaching Pilates to rehabilitate back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee injuries. She believes that intelligent movement has a positive impact in people’s life.


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Luisa’s interest in Pilates started back in 2005 when she attended her first studio session. At that time Luisa was completing a university degree in Communication & Journalism in Brazil so becoming a Pilates Instructor wasn’t part of her plan. During the next 5 years she attended more Pilates classes and by the time she landed in Australia her career path was set.

In 2010, Luisa completed a Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology. In 2011, she completed the Cert IV in Matwork & the Comprehensive Reformer through Polestar Australia and straight after she completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates.

Today, Luisa is part of the Polestar Pilates Educational Team and is highly qualified as a Pilates Educator and Mentor. Luisa is very dedicated with her teaching and is passionate about the educational programs she runs. She brings to her sessions a skilful way of teaching precision and flow and is well known for her enthusiasm and positive attitude that truly benefits her clients.


Rita Barbosa

With over 30 years of experience in Dance companies, TV shows, movies & Broadway musicals Rita comes from a vast movement background. Her interest in Pilates started when she was a former professional ballerina in Brazil and in London afterwards.

In 1997 Rita completed her bachelor degree in Physiotherapy in Brazil and 2 years later she Post Graduated in Respiratory Physiotherapy. In 2007 Rita moved to Australia where she undertook Cert IV in Fitness becoming a Personal Trainer and also a Tai Chi instructor after some studies.

In 2014 Rita decided it was time to start her Pilates journey. She completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates for Rehabilitation with Polestar Australia in that same year.

Rita is not only a great mover but she’s also passionate about teaching people how to move. Precision, positivity and knowledge are qualities that are easily noticed when Rita is instructing.


Giane Camara

Giane is a person of passion for healthy life habits, a great believer in the power of Mind, Nutrition, Movement and Spirit as the main foundation for it.

Professionally she comes from a Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy obtained in Brazil, with a Research Master's in Human Movement Sciences. She was introduced to Pilates as a rehab method after the birth of her son. And loved it. It enhanced her recovery physically and spiritually from the roller coaster of motherhood, and reconnected her to her passion for teaching movement.

Giane sees Pilates as a form of Meditation, a way to establish inner connections at the physical and psychical levels. A form of deepening knowledge about oneself.

Passionate about rehab and healthy lifestyle, with great interest in research and evidence based approaches, her practice will be surrounded by a peaceful and positive vibe.














Vanessa Lee

For the past 14 years Vanessa was living in Malaysia operating her own private Studio specializing in fitness training, Pilates and rehabilitation as well as corporate fitness. She was also an educator with FISAF International, running courses for fitness professionals.

Vanessa is very happy to be back home living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and continuing to work in a field she loves and is passionate about which is Pilates. She has seen the way Pilates transforms movement in people’s bodies and she’s very excited to be working at Plank Pilates Studio.



Mariane Dias


Teaching and sharing her knowledge to help clients achieve their goals is what Renata is passionate about. With over 15 years of experience in the Fitness Industry Renata has done a Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a Post graduation in Exercise Physiology.

Her interest in Pilates started in 2004 when she began working in one of the best Health and Sports Centres in Brazil as a Swim Coach and Personal Trainer. For the following 4 years Renata trained and qualified herself as a Pilates instructor with Inelia Garcia @ THE Pilates Studio.

Renata moved to  Australia in 2008. Since then she has completed a Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork and also a Certificate in Intense Reformer.

She believes the body is a perfect human machine and we all have the ability to perform and function properly. Pilates, in Renata’s view, is one of the greatest tools to achieve that.


Renata Giavera


Mariane has always been involved and passionate about sports and outdoor activities throughout her entire life. After completing a Diploma in Remedial Massage in her hometown, Brazil, she decided to take a further step into her academic skills and undertook a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Mariane arrived in Australia back in 2009 and was only then that she discovered the “magic of Pilates” and she truly felt in love for it. In 2013 she decided to qualify herself as a Pilates instructor and has been teaching Pilates throughout Australia since then.

Mariane is very energetic and passionate about what she does. Through her teaching she endeavoring to facilitate conscious breathing while giving the client a good workout focusing in each individual’s needs.


Dee started her journey from dancing at a young age and becoming passionate about movement and the healing qualities it brings to ones emotional and physical well being. She attended her first Pilates session in 2004, where she was amazed by the benefits immediately. She was eager to learn as much has she could and over the next ten years developed her own Pilates practice, learning from some of the best instructors and educators in the industry. 

After experiences a few injuries and utilizing Pilates as a rehabilitation, she encouraged other to heal through Pilates too. Pilates has always been her go-to, whether it be after the birth of her two sons or after an emotional event, her solace was always in the studio. She focuses her Pilates as a soulful, restorative practice. Restoring emotional balance and also giving a strong sense of self. 

Her ballet dancing background makes her focus on technique and detail, while intuition leads her teaching to a personal level. Passion for Pilates and its healing abilities has become her driving force to help others. 



Dee Bennett