Emerald Pilates Instructors

Di – Instructor/Studio Owner

My name is Di Dall ’Oglio. I live in Emerald with my hubbie Mark and three children who are growing up way too fast!

I have been teaching fitness/movement for half of my life, starting as an “Aerobics Instructor” in the early 1990’s! I have been teaching Pilates since 2003, but required a detailed understanding of the method.

In 2014, I studied a higher level Pilates and gained qualifications recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Throughout my whole career I have loved teaching and Pilates the most. I believe Pilates is the fountain of youth, It makes me feel flexible, strong, tall and mobile in my body, as well as clear minded, calm and happy.

It has always been my dream to have my own Pilates Studio, and to help others discover the magic of Pilates and the way it can be life changing.

As a teacher and student, I am completely passionate about the Pilates method.

Wendy –Pilates & Barre Teacher

I was born in South Africa, have danced since the age of 10, and became a dance teacher 25 years ago. Pilates was always very central to my dance training, always working towards to the mid-line of the body.

After moving to Melbourne, I became mum of two, and devoted myself to my family. I live in Selby & love the peaceful lifestyle of the hills.

Always having had a passion for movement & exercise, I became a group fitness instructor once the kids started school, teaching Body Balance and Pilates, and more recently, Barre Attack.

I also practices Irish dance (with my daughter), as I am unable to stop dancing!

I am excited to begin a new journey with Di & Sarah at Emerald Pilates.

Laura – Pilates & Barre Teacher

As a registered holistic nutritionist with a passion for health and wellness, over the last year, I have come to really appreciate the place that Pilates and Barre play in my life: a place of more control and precision, finesse and elegance; a new way of centring, a new way of movement, a new way of body awareness.

Fitness and exercise have been a part of my life since I was a young child, mainly in the form of long distance running.  Today, I continue my journey as a competitive long distance runner, but have seen first-hand the balance and benefits that Pilates and Barre can add to this passion.

I see wellness as a complete, holistic ensemble and love teaching others and helping them find all the components to create the best version of themselves.  As such, I spend my time as a freelance writer, contributing to health and wellness sites and maintaining my own food and health blog.  In addition, I consult clients; teach workshops and present at corporate wellness events.  Together, with educating, teaching, creating food and practising my own fitness, I seek to embody and demonstrate a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that anyone can make into their own.

If you don’t find me in the kitchen, I’ll be out running on the trails by the ocean, engaging in my passion for travel as I explore a new part of the world, or taking on a new crazy challenge and adventure. I’m all about trying new (hard) things.

Join me, or any of the other amazing instructors at Emerald Pilates, and you will be taking the first step towards achieving your own healthy, sustainable lifestyle.  And I can’t wait to help you reach your goals.

Tara – Pilates Teacher

As a student of the Pilates method, I was amazed at the positive benefits this discipline provided for both my Body and Mind. The improved flexibility, balance and strength gave me a new confidence to approach daily challenges with a clear view. These benefits were the reason I decided to become a Pilates Instructor.

I strive to ensure all my students receive the same benefits as I do and to empower them through Movement and Mindfulness so they can achieve their own personal goals with confidence.

I feel extremely lucky working with Di at Emerald Pilates for the genuine and inviting atmosphere of the studio, instructors and students.

I have a passion for aviation, including holding a commercial helicopter pilot licence and having also spent time as an international flight attendant. Outside of work I have a great love and appreciation for nature & animals; with my best friend Willow (pictured) always by my side.

Madii – Pilates Teacher

Madii is an emerging Pilates teacher who has an upbeat, curious and informative approach to teaching. She started her Pilates journey at 19, wanting to address her posture and alignment issues. Madii has experienced multiple structural pathologies in her body all her life, but with Pilates, there was a shift. Two years ago she eagerly became a regular client at Emerald Pilates. It was here that her natural interest and passion for the Pilates concept was nurtured and encouraged. She is completing the Integrated Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology with Tensegrity Training. Madii believes that bodies are beautifully diverse, and the endless possibility of Pilates allows us to cater for that individuality.

Mel – Pilates Teacher

My name is Melissa Fairburn, I am the very proud mother of two amazing boys. My passion for health, fitness and well being stems from my many years of playing netball and working as a group fitness instructor and seeing the benefits that movement can have on a person.

I teach Body Balance, Barre, Water Aerobics, Body Pump, and Mat Pilates. I am currently completing a diploma of Clinical Pilates and I am enjoying gaining a deeper understanding of the benefits of movement on both the body and the mind.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and meeting up with friends. I also enjoy training for and playing netball.

I look forward to meeting you all and helping you achieve your personal goals.