Pilates Instructors

Brian Ward

Program Director, Pilates Teacher Trainer, Bikram Yoga Instructor

Brian is the co-owner and program director of Club Stretch in Dubai, UAE and a graduate of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado in the USA. He completed The Pilates Center’s Advanced Teacher Training Program in 2001 and The Pilates Center’s Masters Program in 2012. He has been teaching classical Pilates full time since 2001 in Dubai where he introduced classical Pilates to the UAE and opened Club Stretch in July, 2003. Before moving to Dubai in 2001, Brian had a successful practice as a Deep Tissue Sports Massage Therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah for 14 years. He worked closely with dancers from Ballet West, and athletes from The University of Utah’s Swimming and Diving Teams. His extensive background in manual therapies and human anatomy has served him well as a movement educator in the Pilates and Yoga studio.

Lia Chatzikyriakou

Lia Chatzikyriakou

Pilates Instructor

Lia moved to Dubai from a small town in Greece in February 2011 to be a flight attendant with Emirates Airlines and discover the world.  The heavy workload of the job led to chronic back pain and she was told that Pilates could help. Lia started Pilates sessions at Club Stretch in September 2014‭ to ‬help her to recover. ‬Just five sessions made a major difference to‭ ‬her body and kept her motivated to explore the endless benefits of Pilates‭. As she spent more and more time practicing Pilates became a way of life and she realized that she would like to become an instructor and share the benefits with others.  She enrolled in The Pilates Center’s Advanced Teacher Training Program offered at Club Stretch in March, 2015 and successfully completed the  program in the summer of 2016.  She has also continued her commitment to learning by attending summer workshops at the renowned Bluebird Pilates in Munich, Germany in August 2016.  Lia is passionate about practicing and teaching Pilates and is excited to be a part of the Club Stretch Team.

Holly Bennett

Pilates Instructor

Holly has been passionate about movement all of her life. Having danced since she was 5 years old, she completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance), majoring in ballet and contemporary dance, at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and later danced professionally and toured around Europe.

Pilates had always been an essential part of her dance training to stay fit and prevent injuries and once she moved to Dubai she sought to fulfill her dream of gaining her Pilates teaching certification so she could share the immense benefit that Pilates has to offer for your well being and life.


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