Larissa has a diverse and broad background, all of which culminate in a teacher of broad knowledge, sensitivity and superiority. From her early years as a BSc(Hons.) research assistant and her performing arts BA in musical theatre from WAAPA, she has added to that a Pilates practitioner qualification and a Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessing to her belt to complete and compliment her industry expertise.
Larissa has been a Pilates educator for both industry entrants and fully certified instructors for the past 11 years. She blends her understanding of the physical body with her in-depth Pilates knowledge to deliver and facilitate education that strives to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills rather than a rote learning, formulaic approach to the methodology.
Larissa continues to work as a singing actor, along with writing her PhD investigating “Pilates and Posture and Vocal Quality in Singers”. She actively teaches and consults in the Pilates and performing arts industries and runs PET’s administration.
Brad comes from a sports & movement background. He studied performing arts at James Cook University (QLD), where he later returned as a lecturer in Creative Movement. He obtained a diploma in dance at the Centre for Performing Art (S.A.) which launched a career as professional dancer, choreographer, musical theatre performer and acrobat.
Brad has been involved in Pilates since 1996 and has learned from some of the Master Teachers both in Australia and Overseas. He has been owner of Leeon Studio Pilates (previously Leeon & Shaw) since 1999 and has delivered Pilates teacher training since that time. Brad has a passion for rehabilitation and helping those with chronic pain issues. He currently holds Rehabilitation Certification with Polestar Pilates (USA).
Brad was a lecturer in the Pilates faculty at the University Technology of Sydney when the course was run at UTS. Brad is an Australian Pilates Method Association Level 4 Pilates Practitioner & course provider. Brad is also a qualified massage therapist with ATMS.