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Dr Penelope Latey MSc PhD

Dr Penelope Latey is an internationally recognised Pilates Instructor with over 40 years’ experience in Pilates.  Penny’s Pilates journey commenced in 1979 in London, where as a dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School she studied Pilates with Alan Herdman and later with Dreas Reneke from Ballet Rambert at his Body Conditioning Studio. In the mid 1980s she completed courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Massage and Counselling, and began to incorporate an informed therapeutic hands-on approach to Pilates. 

Penny is the Director and Senior Practitioner of Modern Pilates Studio, a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Research Supervisor at the University of Sydney and a member of the Federal Governments Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel.  Her research experience includes a MSc, a PhD and continuing as a research supervisor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. Her MSc (Research) was on, “Examination of the role of Pilates in the correction of dysfunctional feet and associated effects on postural stability in the older adult”, completed at the University of Technology Sydney, 2011. In 2019 she was awarded a PhD at The University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences, on her thesis titled “Measuring and Managing Foot Muscle Weakness”.   

Since moving to Australia in the late 1980’s Penny has continued to teach as well as train instructors in the Method, culminating in her both developing and teaching the first University based course for Pilates instructors at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) from 2001 to 2005.  She also helped establish the Pilates Method with the South Korean Pilates Association in Seoul, with which she is still involved.

Penny authored Modern Pilates (Allen & Unwin) in 2000 and has peer reviewed publications in the Journal of Body Movement & Therapy, Physiotherapy, the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, and Foot and Ankle Surgery.  Most recently she has contributed a book chapter in Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Patient-Centred Approach (C Liebenson 2019).

Penny presented the first formal Pilates Method Instructor Training Course in Australia in 1992 and was one of the co-founders of the APMA in 1996 as well as its inaugural President. In 1999 she shared her structured Pilates Teacher Training Course curriculum by providing Train the Trainer courses within the Pilates profession. She has presented at APMA, PAA and IADMS Conferences, and at the Mind Body Spirit Conferences in the USA.

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