Our Team

Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Founder & Owner of Pilates Studio Kildare.
Senior Pilates Teacher

A retired professional dancer and a movement teacher, Efrat - a.k.a. Aoife - is a Pilates instructor with over 25 years experience and training in The Pilates Method.

Training with The Israeli Pilates Centre, The Wingate Institute for Physical Education & Sport and taking apprenticeships in different Pilates studios around the world (including NYC) - Aoife had acquired quite a few Pilates Comprehensive qualifications from different Pilates programs and is also a Pre&Post Natal Pilates Specialist and Osteopenia & Osteoporosis Pilates for Bone Health trainer.

With extensive knowledge in Pilates, Anatomy, Body-Alignment and Biomechanics Aoife brings her years of experience, keen eye & skilled touch to her clients both in group classes and 1-on-1 sessions.

Deirdre Higginbotham

Studio Manager

Deirdre is our Studio Manager who oversees the daily operation and smooth running of the studio. Deirdre is also the first person you will probably meet and talk to when you contact us.

She answers your phone calls, replies your emails and texts and will welcome you into the studio with a smile, happy to help, explain and answer any questions you may have.
From class enrolments, booking appointments, on-line systems and all other administrative stuff,

Deirdre pretty much takes care of everything that goes on in the studio.

She will advise you on types of classes we have, personally text you to remind you of your appointments (or when your course is starting), keep an eye out for a place for you (if you missed out a class), make sure water and cups (tissues. soap etc.) are available for you and, most importantly, she is responsible for the studio being the friendly, welcoming and helpful place that you come into to.

Deirdre joined Pilates Studio Kildare in September 2017 having a lot of experience in Retail and Administration roles. She also has a degree in Industrial Design from the Carlow Institute of Technology and Graphic Design course under her belt so her with her amazing customer service, organisational skills and keen interest in design and marketing she’s an invaluable member of our team.

Anne Hennessy

Pilates Instructor

Anne comes to us from Canada and has graduated from the Contemporary Dance Program at The School of Dance in Ottawa.

Anne is a Fletcher Pilates® Qualified Teacher since completing the Fletcher Pilates® Comprehensive Program in 2011.

Right up to moving to Ireland Anne had been teaching Pilates at the Pilates Space in Ottawa, Canada and have recently followed her heart and moved to Portarlington, Co. Laois.

With her extensive dance experience and Ron Fletcher's teachings Anne brings flow of movement to her classes that keeps mind and body "at the ready."

" We retire too early and we die too young.
Our prime of life should be in the 70's and old age should not come
until we are almost 100. "

Joseph H. Pilates

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