Dr Penelope Latey


About Dr Penelope Latey

Dr Penelope Latey (Penny) is an internationally recognised Pilates teacher, renowned for her work updating and extending Joseph Pilates’ original Method to make it more suitable for the general population. She is the Director and Senior Practitioner of Modern Pilates Studio, one of the foremost Pilates studios on Sydney’s North Shore.

Penny has a long history with the Pilates Method, which she has been studying and teaching for over 30 years. She first discovered the Method in the late 1970s while training as a dancer at the London Contemporary Dance Centre and the School of Contemporary Dance (otherwise known as The Place). Dancers at The Place used Pilates to help them recover from injuries and improve their technique. Penny studied at the Place and later with Dreas Reyneke. Influenced by Dreas’ teaching, by 1980, Penny had switched her career focus from dance to teaching Pilates.

After her experience of practicing the Method during her first pregnancy, Penny began to develop her own style of instruction. She recognised that while traditional Pilates was very helpful for the ultra-fit dancer, it seemed out of tune for the normal healthy body – if it was to attract non-dancers, the Method needed to change. She studied physiology, anatomy and massage to improve her understanding of the body as a whole and to find ways to further develop and refine her unique approach. She also developed a modified form of Pilates suitable for pre- and post-natal clients.

In 1988, Penny moved to Australia, teaching first at a local yoga centre, then at a professional ballet school before establishing Modern Pilates Studio in its current location in Naremburn. She was elected the founding President of the Australian Pilates Method Association, and presented the first formal Pilates Method Instructor Training Course in Australia. She has been teaching other instructors since the 1990s.

Penny continues to study and develop her approach to Pilates, developing new exercises and techniques based on sound scientific understanding. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Master of Science degree for her research into the role of Pilates in the correction of dysfunctional feet and associated effects on postural stability in the older adult. She has also written a book – Modern Pilates, published by Allen & Unwin – which is focused on helping students and teachers with their practice at home.  Penny recently completed a PhD on “Measuring and managing foot muscle weakness” at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Dr Latey’s contribution to the development of the Pilates Method is widely recognised overseas. She was the first Australian to be invited to the USA to present at the Mind Body conference and has worked closely with the South Korean Pilates Association in Seoul, helping to establish the Pilates Method there. She is recognised internationally as a published author, peer editor, expert practitioner and mentor of Pilates instructors in Australia.

Peer-reviewed papers

Latey PJ. Burns J. Nightingale EJ. ClarkeJL. Hiller CE. Reliability and correlates of cross-sectional area of abductor hallucis and the medial belly of the flexor hallucis brevis measured by ultrasound.

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2018, 11:28| Published on: 7 June 2018 | https://doi.org/10.1186/s13047-018-0259-0

Latey PJ. Burns J. Hiller CE. Nightingale EJ. Relationship between foot pain, muscle strength and size: a systematic review. Physiotherapy 103(1):13-20, 2017.


Penny’s hours in the studio

Penny will be teaching:

  • Every  Monday – 11am to 5:30pm Private classes and 12:30pm to 1:15pm general mat class.
  • Every Wednesday – 11:00am to 4pm.
  • Every Friday – 7:30am to 5:15pm Private classes and 12.30pm to 1.15pm intermediate mat and 1.30pm to 2.30pm advanced mat.
  • One Saturday per month – 9.00am to 12.00pm.



Suite 3/8 Northcote St
Naremburn, NSW, 2065
PH: (02) 9437 6588

Modern Pilates