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What is your name and surname?

Debbie Andrews

How old are you?

47

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Johannesburg

How did you end up where you are – studies, experience, life?

I was passionate about ballet and dancing as a child so I was lucky enough to attend the Jhb school of the arts high where I completed my high school career with a distinction in ballet. I joined the Bophuthatswana National dance company after that for 2 years. From there to NAPAC ballet company in Durban for 5 years and a short stint at the Wild coast sun where I met my future husband. Our adventure together led us to Dubai for nearly 4 years. Missing my dancing while I was there I danced with local Brazilian and Jazz group and started researching Pilates. After starting classes at a local studio I loved the discipline of Pilates so much I took a STOTT pilates course in London and after qualifying started teaching in Dubai. After returning to SA, we have moved between JHB and Durban a few times, and finally now settling in Jhb with our two daughters.

Why did you start with Pilates?

I started Pilates as I wasn't doing Ballet anymore and needed a way to keep fit. I loved it so much I decided to make it a part of my life and started teaching it too.

How are you involved with Pilates Dynamics?

I am fortunate to be able to teach mat and reformer classes part time at Pilates Dynamics. It is a great career choice of you want to split time between work and family commitments.

What is the best part of this job?

The best part of this job is the people I get to meet and teach every day. I learn as much from them and they (hopefully) learn from me. It is such a pleasure to see the look on a client’s face when they achieve a new level of strength, a posture or stretch they couldn't do before. To actually make a difference in the daily lives of people is a true privilege.

What is the best thing about Pilates?

The best part of pilates is that it is for everyone! It's not just for dancers or women. It is an excellent way to improve the health of young, old, couch potatoes and athletes. Every move can be adapted or modified for greater comfort or to increase the challenge. Any-body, can keep fit and healthy with pilates and they can do it without injuring themselves.

What is your five favourite things in the world and why?

FAVOURITE STUFF: A hot shower any time of the day! It's the best thing to de-stress, regroup, refocus and refresh. My Mom's lasagne – always the first meal ordered when I've been away or overseas. Lying in with my family on a Sunday morning The Ocean – I'm definitely going to retire at the seaside The smell of my first cup of coffee for the day.

What strange habit do you have – or something that you do and other people usually don’t do?

I still have the teddy bear that my husband gave me 20years ago. I get very annoyed when anyone, usually my daughters try and pinch him off my bed!

What is the most valuable lesson you have ever learnt?

One of the most valuable lessons I have learnt is to do your absolute best at any task or opportunity that comes your way. Even if you don't think it's right for you or you are too scared or don't see the value. You never know what doors might open along the way and what amazing people and opportunities might sneak in to the experience. Go for it no matter what the most amazing blessings and opportunities sometimes appear at the most surprising times.