LISA MINETT
Owner & Director

Lisa has worked as a professional performing artist and educator for over 20 years. Having worked extensively in Australia as a dancer and choreographer, Lisa headed to the USA to take up a full acting scholarship. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Performance) from the University of Florida, graduating with Highest Honours. Whilst in the USA, Lisa performed in Broadway regional theatres, choreographed numerous musical productions, and began working as a university lecturer in acting and movement.

Her desire to help actors find creative enjoyment and physical freedom through a greater understanding of the physical body led her back to Australia where she became the Head of Movement and Dance for NIDA. Her approach to the physical body has been through her dancers discipline and her yoga philosophies. She now embarks on a journey to share with everyone the importance of a strong physical presence in achieving their professional goals. She is an experienced and dedicated Yoga teacher, inspiring personal trainer and renowned dance teacher.

BEC BAINGER

Studio Manager

Bec Bainger is a passionate instructor who is dedicated to promoting and providing outstanding services in Health, Fitness and the Arts. A professional stunt woman and dance artist, she holds a Bachelor of Dance Performance and is a qualified Pilates & Barre instructor with many years experience teaching clinical mat Pilates.
“I was initially drawn to Pilates through my dance injuries and used it to help rehabilitate my body. This insight and experience has given me a unique set of skills in delivering effective fitness programs, providing the client with positive results.”
She believes there is nothing more rewarding than being apart of a client’s journey to wellness.

NATALIE BRIGGS

Natalie studied and trained in ballet and contemporary dance for over twenty years.  Taking time out to work and start a family, she rediscovered her passion, for dance again.  Loving the high intensity of dance style fitness, Natalie soon discovered Zumba. The Latin choreography was addictive and extremely effective in keeping her fit and motivated. She quickly went from attending classes to running them as a sort after instructor. Natalie is also a certified Barre Attack instructor and is excited to be a part of the My Mama Said team and looks forward to seeing you in her classes. Zumba: let it move you!

CELIA HEPBURN

Celia Hepburn is a qualified Barre, Yoga, Mat and Reformer Pilates instructor. She also has a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) from Deakin University, and works as an independent dance artist. With a background in Classical ballet teaching, she is attentive to detail, passionate about alignment, efficiency and bodily awareness in her clients. However, she was always the one laughing up the back in ballet class whilst working her butt off, so appreciates the importance of a good time with lots of laughter – she will make you sweat and smile, and has a deep fondness for 80’s pop.

TARA BUHAGIAR

Tara Buhagiar is from the United States and has been studying yoga around the globe since 2001. Through the 8 Limbs of Yoga she has discovered how yoga is a vehicle for healing and transformation. She weaves yogic philosophy with the wisdom of teachers from many traditions in her asana and meditation classes. As a teacher, her purpose is to inspire her students to mindfully open themselves in body and mind.

Tara feels she is the eternal student who will never stop learning and growing her practice. She believes, “Yoga has helped my body to become stronger, my mind to become limitless and my spirit to be fearless.” She is certified by the Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and has studied with world renowned teachers: Gurmukh, Shiva Rea, Simon Park, Sianna Sherman and Tara Judelle.

JASMINE TURNER

Jasmine is a qualified Personal Trainer, Pilates and barre instructor. Growing up dancing she loves that she can combine her love for fitness with her love of dance and music! She brings energy and enthusiasm to her classes along with her knowledge and experience both professionally and personally with pre and post-natal fitness and Pilates. Ensuring that her clients get the most out of each exercise in the safest most effective way possible is something Jasmine is particularly focused on, being a busy Mum, she understands that our ‘me time’ is precious and needs to be fun and give results!

ALISHA MLADENOV

Alisha is a passionate, relevant and motivational teacher. Her experience lends her the ability to work with all clients from injury rehabilitation, to pre and post-natal women or assisting in general wellbeing to make day to day activities easier.

Alisha has been a Certified STOTT Pilates Matwork, Reformer and ISP instructor since 2009. She holds a Certificate IV in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Alisha also loves Yoga. She has been practicing Yoga since her early 20’s and this is a major passion of hers. She completed her Akhanda Yoga teacher training in 2016 in the foothills of the Himalayas with Yogrishi Vishvaketu.  Integrating this ancient and enduring science into her life allows a deeper unification of the physical. emotional and spiritual self.

LAUREN JOHNSON

Lauren is a graduate from the Australian Ballet School where she obtained her Diploma of Classical Ballet and Performing Arts. A professional dancer, she has worked with local classical, contemporary and corporate companies in both soloist and principal roles. Lauren is a qualified Pilates, Ballet, and Barre instructor, as well as physiotherapist assistant. She is currently completing her yoga qualification, whilst undertaking studies in biomedical science. (As you do!) It brings her great joy to share all she has learnt to help her clients achieve their wellness goals and dreams.

CARA DINLEY

Cara has been in demand as a pilates and yoga instructor, choreographer, director, performing arts/dance educator, producer and manager of artists & events, for the past 15 years, following a professional national and international onstage performance career in major musical theatre productions.

Cara’s passion for the body and its deep capacity led her to become a certified Stott Pilates instructor  and is also certified in a particular Vinyasa Yoga flow and continues to study Pranayama.

Cara is currently undertaking a Masters in Directing for Performance at the VCA which she will complete in 2018, while continuing to share her new innovative Sacral Release sessions, as well as traditional modes of body-work with the community.

“My body is the best and only tool I have to interact with the world. It is precious, fascinating—full of endless information. It is my life’s work.”

SARAH FURLONGER

Sarah was initially attracted to the physical challenge yoga offers, however she soon realised the practice allows her to create space and find clarity amidst the frantic pace of corporate life. Sarah completed her 200hr teacher training with Power Living in 2015 and has now traded her corporate heels for yoga tights!

Yoga has taught Sarah about the power of the mind and our ability to break through our limiting beliefs. Sarah aims to inspire her students to realise their limitless potential and to facilitate their personal growth on and off the mat, as well as providing a challenging workout for their mind and body.

Guest Instructors

KARLA TONKICH

Karla is a professional singer, dancer and actress who has spent the past 10 years travelling Australia and Asia in major musicals such as Grease, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You, High School Musical, Brigadoon and Vegas Circus Burlesque Show Absinthe. Karla has always had a strong focus on maintaining a healthy body for her dancing career. She has been involved with several National Bodybuilding Competitions and is constantly learning new ways to improve the human body.

 

Karla is a certified Barre and Pilates instructor. Her full body workouts are fun, energetic, and made for you to sweat. She aims to strengthen, tone and give you the results you want. She trains with confidence, positive energy, and empowers everyone to be and feel their best.

 

JAMES BRENNAN

James has performed with International Ballet Companies such as The Royal New Zealand Ballet and The Australian Ballet. He is a Les Mills Asia Pacific Presenter, a personal trainer and holds an Advanced Diploma in Dance from the Australian Ballet School  He brings a strong fitness element to Barre Attack, allowing clients to not only experience a challenging workout but to have fun while they do it!

MEL LOCKMAN

Mel’s love of dance began at the age of 3. She trained in all forms of dance for 15 years and then went on to obtain an Acting and Performance degree in the USA. She enjoyed a successful career as a Dancer and Actor performing in Musical Theatre, Film and TV, and was fortunate enough to travel the world doing what she loves. Highlights include roles in Grease, Saturday Night Fever, as well as numerous TV credits.Mel’s passion for dance and fitness led her to the Barre workout. She loves the high energy, whole body strengthening and toning that Barre brings. It was a welcome addition to her Pilates Instructor Certification.

You are going to love Mel’s classes! She has an intoxicating personality that brings a real sense of fun to her results-based workouts. Enjoy!