Sandy Bird holds a PITC Diploma in Professional Pilates, and Pilates Moves Certification. In addition to this she has a BA in Theatre Arts/Dance major and a Diploma of Education both from California State University.

Sandy has had an extensive career in dance having taught, studied, performed and choreographed in America and Australia. She has studied and taught the Limon dance method. Her teaching posts include Bodenweiser Dance studio, The Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, MacDonald College of Performing Arts, The Newtown School of Performing Arts, and The University of New South Wales all in Sydney Australia. She has performed extensively in America and Australia and founded her own Dance Company Ricochet Dance Theatre in Sydney in 1992. Richochet toured throughout New South Wales schools performing lecture/demonstration works for students and teachers.

She has created and presented several Pilates routines for both the FILEX fitness industry and Mind Your Body Pilates conferences. She also developed Pilates Evolution, a DVD produced by Oz Aerobics featuring a workout combining contemporary dance with Pilates repertoire. She served as a board member with Ausdance, an Australian national organizational dance body, for two consecutive years.

Sandy has spent thirteen years studying and refining her practice in Pilates. Together with her husband, Sandy founded Evolution Pilates in Sydney Australia and in 2006, Pilates Focus, based in Rotorua New Zealand.



Barry Bird holds a PITC Diploma in Professional Pilates, and Pilates Moves Certification.

In addition to this he has a Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Sydney College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Certificate of TCM from Hangzhou Red Cross Hospital China. Barry has had a lifelong interest in health and fitness with a martial arts/Traditional Chinese Medicine background.

He was introduced to the Pilates method by his wife Sandy and trained initially with Helen Tardent of Pilates Moves Sydney, Australia.  

He trained and worked in Sydney at Pilates Moves and as a freelance instructor.
In 2003, Barry co-founded Evolution Pilates in Leichhardt, Sydney.

Barry has spent twelve years studying and refining his practice in Pilates. He has presented at Mind your Body Pilates conferences in Sydney & together with his wife Sandy he founded Evolution Pilates in Sydney Australia.

In 2006, they established Pilates Focus, Rotorua’s first dedicated Pilates Studio.

In addition to his work in the Pilates Industry, Barry has worked for seventeen years as a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. He is an ACC provider & member of The New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists. His treatment rooms are located on site at Pilates Focus, where he divides his time between teaching Pilates and his TCM clinic.



Anne Samson is a Classical Ballet Teacher for Royal Academy of Dance
43 years teaching experience.

Currently in her 7th year as an Instructor at Pilates Focus.
Training: Sandy & Barry Bird

Anne has a great technical eye for body mechanics and motor skills.
Excellent teaching skills getting the best out of her clients.














Amie Blasoni

Qualifications and Experience

Work History
2005-present: Owner/Operator Massage Therapy Business — Integrated Structural Bodywork.
2007 – present: Pilates Focus Instructor.
2006 – 2007: Q.E Health, casual spa receptionist.
2000 – 2005: The Fitness Studio (co-owner/director from 2002) Manager, Massage Therapist, Exercise Specialist (postural assessments, functional exercise programming, one on one training)                    
2000: Traveled and worked in Australia.
1999: Freyberg Pool Wellington,  Gym Instructor.
1998 – 1999: Body and Soul Gym, Wellington, Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist.
1997 – 1998 Studying at CIT Wellington
1991 – 1996 High school – coached school Netball and Cricket teams, played cricket, played Netball – Hastings U17 & U19 REPS.1st In Class P.E. & Clothing and Textiles. Spirit of NZ youth programme.

Small Business Management –Te Wananga o Aotearoa -2005
Orthobionomy Phase 4 and 5 – Wellington School of Massage -2003
H.R management – Waiariki Polytechnic Rotorua, 2003
Trigger Point Therapy Cert, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Release Cert. – 2001
Massage Therapy – NZ School of Massage (Rotorua) -2001
Programme Design – C.H.E.K Institute 1999-2000
Diploma in Exercise Science -Central Institute of Technology Wellington – 1998
Graduated Sacred Heart College Napier – 1996

Hobbies/Leisure activities
Enjoying the outdoors: Biking, snowboarding, bush walks and adventures with family and the dog.
House Renovations














Madre Collier is passionate about pilates and as a new mom not only believes in pilates but realises how important it is during and after pregnancy and for the everyday activities in life.

Currently in her third year as an instructor at Pilates focus.

Work History
2010 – 2012   Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor at Fit as a Fiddle
2009 – 2010    Personal Trainer at  Fast Fitness Private Gym (South Africa)
2009                Fitness Instructor at Virgin Active (South Africa)

Ongoing training with Sandy and Barry
Check Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1
Gravity Pilates Reformat Evolved
Gravity Personal Trainer Gravity
Group National Diploma in Exercise Science – HFPA  (Health and Professional Association, South Africa)
Coaching Science certificate – HFPA
StudioFit Certificate – HFPA
Pilates Mat Basic & Intermediate – HFPA (Training Through The Pilates House)
Pilates Basic syllabus — The Pilates House