Pilates Convention 2015

Follo FHS Pilates Event – Pilates Convention 2015

The weekend of June 12th – 14th we are proud to invite you to workshops with Jessie Lee owner of Copenhagen Pilates Studio and co-founder of “Danish Wounded Warriors Project”. We are excited to get a better knowledge of her work.  Brett Miller, the voice from the Pilates online newsmagazine, Pilates-intel, will give you fresh mat classes and a lovely workshop. Hanne Koren Bignell, your hostess, will give you “Wall Unit Flow” and make sure you get a wake up workout on Saturday morning. This is in the program for the Pilates Instructors – the Professionals. We also have a complete program for our lovely Pilates enthusiast who would like to spend a weekend doing Pilates and enjoy good food with us.

Norsk versjon finner du her: Pilates Convention – norsk versjon

In the Pilates Enthusiasts program you will meet Lene Danielsen co-owner of Personlig Pilates, Jan de Miranda owner of GYROTONIC® Oslo, Jessie Lee, Brett Miller and Hanne Koren Bignell.

We hope you are ready for an exciting weekend of great workshops, classes and social meeting points. The two different programs have one lecture together on Friday and otherwise all meals together.

Please see the schedule of the two different programs for details.

Date: June 12th – 14th 2015

Please sign up by: May 15th (We reserve enough partisipants)

Place: Follo Folkehøgskole, Østbyveien 3, 1540 Vestby, Norway

Who is it for? We have two different programs:

One program is for Pilates instructors working in a gym, a Pilates Studio or body workers such as physiotherapist, chiropractor and osteopath etc. and would like to see and experience how Pilates may be used.

The other program is for you who like to do Pilates as your workout and like it a lot. You may have just started doing Pilates or you may have trained Pilates for many years. This program we call “for the Enthusiasts”.

Teaching language: English is the language in the program for Pilates instructors, and both English and Norwegian in the program for Enthusiasts.

Who to contact: Hanne Koren Bignell at Follo Folkhighschool, phone. +47 41026669 E-mail: hanne.koren.bignell@follo.fhs.no

Program for Pilates Professionals

Friday June 12th
14.15 – 15.15  Master Mat Class, with Brett Miller
15.30 – 17.30  A Danish Wounded Warrior Pilates initiative – Lecture with Jessie Lee
Then Questions and answers
18.00               Dinner

Saturday June 13th
09.00 – 10.00  Master Mat Class, with Hanne Koren Bignell
10.15 – 13.00   “The Rotational Component of the Upper Body in Pilates” – workshop with Jessie Lee
13.15              Lunch
14.15 – 16.15  Flex band – workshop with Brett Miller
18.00              Dinner

Sunday June 14th
09.00 – 10.00 Master Mat Class,
10.15 – 13.00 “The Gait Cycle – Re-gaining a balanced Gait pattern in the Pilates Studio” – workshop with Jessie Lee
13.15             Lunch
14.15 – 16.15 Wall Unit Flow – workshop with Hanne Koren Bignell

Program for Pilates Enthusiasts

Friday June 12th
15.30 – 16.30  A Danish Wounded Warrior Pilates initiative – Lecture with Jessie Lee Nørfelt.
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16.30 – 18.00   Pilates Mat Class + with Lene Danielsen
18.00                Dinner

Saturday June 13th
13.15 – 14.15  Lunch
14.15 – 15.15  Mat Class with Jessie Lee
15.30 – 17.30  “The System” – Pilates equipment work with Hanne Koren Bignell

Sunday June 14th
10.15 – 11.15  Mat Class with Brett Miller
11.30 – 13.00  Gyrokinesis with Jan de Miranda
13.15               Lunch


Professionals  Before May 15.  NOK 3700,-         After May 15.   NOK 4200,-
Includes 3 mat classes, lecture , 2 workshops of 3 hours and 2 workshops of 2 hours, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

Enthusiasts      Before May 15.  NOK 3200,-        After   May 15.  NOK 3700,-
Includes 1 lecture, and 8 hours of training, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

Staying with us:  NOK 500/night/person including breakfast, bed linen and towels

Please let us know when you sign up for the workshop if you have any food allergies, so that the kitchen can prepare for you as best as possible.

Contact & Sign up
Hanne Koren Bignell mobile: +47 41 02 66 69 e-mail; hanne.koren.bignell@follo.fhs.no
I will be answering e-mails once a day in the evenings, so if you need a quicker answer please do not hesitate to call me. We hope you all can be part of the whole weekend, but if you only have the opportunity to participate in one or two days please contact me.


Jessie Lee Jessie Nørfelt

 Jessie Lee, PMA® – CPT
Jessie is of Danish/English nationality. She is a former ballet dancer educated at the Royal Danish Ballet. She has danced with English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet.

Jessie is a fully certified Pilates instructor with Alan Herdman Pilates Studios, London since 1996. She is also a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® instructor since 2000 and 2003. In 2010 she passed the certification program from Balanced Body “Passing the torch Mentorship program” with Master Pilates instructor Elizabeth Larkam.

Owner of Copenhagen Pilates Studio since 2000, where she teaches Pilates and Gyrotonic® Jessie is part of the Health team at the Royal Danish Ballet and teaches the dancers Pilates at the Royal Danish Ballet Pilates studio.

Jessie has since 1987 gained extensive knowledge and experience with Pilates and rehabilitation through her own experience as a dancer with injuries. She teaches people from all walks of life, ranging from elite athletes and dancers, to clients with rehabilitation issues and anybody who wishes to improve their health and movement.

She is passionate about integrating Pilates in different exercise programs and teaching the diversity and adaptability of Pilates. This led to a collaboration with the main hospital in Copenhagen, where she in 2010 founded “Danish Wounded Warriors Project” together with ballet dancer Josee Bowman and supported by Royal Danish Ballet Foundation. A voluntary program that helps rehabilitate injured Soldiers returning from Afghanistan. She was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Danish society of Military Medicine in 2010 and The Anders Lassen award in 2012 for her humanitarian efforts in rehabilitating the wounded soldiers.

Since 2012 she is one of the pioneers of “Heroes in Motion” which is an international program supported by the Pilates Method Alliance. The program provides support and inspiration for Pilates instructors who wish to use Pilates in rehabilitating clients with multiple injuries.

Jessie is also an author of a Pilates and Nutrition book published in Denmark 2008, and has lectured on Pilates and its application in rehabilitation programs at symposiums and international conferences including: Pilates Method Alliance Conference and 12th Effort Orthopedic Congress in Denmark.

Workshops with Jessie Lee, Copenhagen Pilates Studio – Denmark

A Danish Wounded Warrior Pilates intiative – Lecture
This lecture will through power point and film tell the story of the Danish Wounded Warrior Project, which is a voluntary initiative founded in 2010 in Copenhagen, in a wish to help wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan. Pilates techniques are applied to help restore functional movements to soldiers as well as civilians with multiple injuries. You will see unique footage of case studies and the progress made over several years, learn about the challenges and rewards with working with this population and how the Pilates vocabulary is applied to enhance and improve gait and balance.

  1. The Rotational Component of the Upper Body in Pilates

In this workshop we will explore the rotational possibilities of the upper torso in Pilates. We will look at how we can add more rotation to the Pilates repertoire. In everyday activities there is often too little rotation and clients experience stiffness, tension and reduced mobility in the upper body. We will explore the relationship of the head, neck and eyes with the upper torso and how it affects the whole spine. Adding rotational movements to your class will give clients a great sense of wellbeing, increase the kinaesthetic awareness and improve sports activities like golf and tennis. You will gain tools to address these issues through simple seated exercises to more advanced work on the Pilates equipment. We will add valuable hands-on cues to give the optimal assistance for your clients.

  1. The Gait Cycle – Re-gaining a balanced Gait pattern in the Pilates Studio

This workshop will focus on Pilates exercises that improve gait and postural function. Performing a basic activity like walking with ease is the prerequisite to a healthy lifestyle and performing any sports activity. Well functioning gait patterns will improve the overall function of the entire body and cause less wear and tear on the joints. We will look at the basic bio-mechanics of gait and common imbalances. We will then explore basic exercises that can be performed anywhere and can be incorporated into a matwork class. Moving on we will look at exercises on the Pilates equipment that bring more dynamic movement and challenge into your program.

Brett Miller

Brett MillerBrett has an inbox magazine called Pilates Intel. www.Pilatesintel.com

He started his professional life in the world of ballet, working with various companies in the US.  Later on he moved to New York and branched out into modern along with the ballet. Since then, he has lived in Finland and now in Stockholm Sweden.

Brett became a Pilates instructor in 2005 and has been teaching ever since.  The intelligent technique that Pilates is, and the chance to continue to be physical, attracted him to this field after being so long in the dance world.  Along with teaching Pilates, Brett also works on a consultant basis as a software developer.

Flex band
One of the unique aspects of Pilates when compared to other exercise forms, is the required attention to detail and the development of the dynamic of an inner opposition of.  The result being a being that is more alive and conscious of the body in action.  The flex-band is a simple tool that was introduced by contemporary Pilates schools, and a found in the studio of Joseph Pilates.  Using the flex band adds a welcome variation to the Pilates practice, a pleasure for those the Pilates student and professional alike.  But more importantly, the flex band, used creatively and intelligently, can aid in the development of a deeper understanding of those oppositional dynamics mentioned above.  The potential result being a greater wisdom for movement out of a strong centre, giving way to more freedom and well-being.

Hanne Koren Bignell

Hanne Koren Bignell is a dancer and dance teacher through the Norwegian College of Dance and Ballet and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She is a masseuse and a certified Gyrotonic(r) level 1 trainer.

It was through dance Hanne became aware of the Pilates and in 1997 she completed her teacher training through Romana Kryzanowskas’s program through the Pilates Studio of New York. Hanne is quite proud of being trained by someone so close to the original source of such a unique method.

Hanne has also trained with, and continues to train with teachers such as Bob Liekens, Sari Mejia Santo, Kathy Corey, Lolita San Miguel, Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt.

Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt helped set up the first Teacher trainer course in Norway, which Hanne started with colleague Lene Danielsen in 2005.

Hanne has worked full time as a Pilates teacher for Alycea Ungaro’s “Tribeca bodyworks”, now “Real Pilates” and for “Contrology! Bermuda Ltd”, before opening up her own studio in Oslo, Norway 2003.

For the last 5 years Hanne has worked at Follo folk high school as a dance and Pilates teacher. She arranged Pilates convention Norway first time in 2013 and will start a Pilates Program at Follo Folk high school from the fall of 2015.

Wall Unit Flow

The wall unit is almost a Cadillac – you can’t do everything on the wall unit, but you can definitely do a whole lot!
Join me for workshop of fun sequences that makes your workout flow. Technique, safety and levels will be covered.
You are welcome to explore if you are familiar or unfamiliar with the Wall Unit Apparatus.
2 hours workshop

“The System” Pilates Apparatus work

Joseph Pilates created a system of exercises that he called Contrology. This system is build up in a specific way with different pieces of apparatus. I will let you know how they work, how you use them in the system and I will make sure you feel the work in your body.

Lene Danielsen

Lene Danielsen is a trained dance teacher from The Norwegian College of ballet and dance, KHIO, in 1996. Certified Pilates Instructor from Pilates Studio of New York, in 2000, under Romana Kryzanowska .

She has taught Pilates at Contrology!Bermuda Ltd on Bermuda, at Pilates Studio in Oslo and has since 2006 taught at Personlig Pilates on Rodeløkka in Oslo. Lene is co-owner of Personlig Pilates.

Lene will teach an intermediate/ advanced session with some use of the Magic Circle, and give you a stretching session with focus on the muscle groups that are most important to keep the circulation going, and to get elongated, to keep a flexible spine and neck.

Jan de Miranda

Jan de Miranda Headshot


Jan was born and grew up in Delft, Netherland where he took his exam in 1976. He was determent to become a biologist as is dad until i startetd dansing at 17. Jan has his dance degree from Rotterdamse Dansakademie (now CODARTS)

The Dance carrier started as an Dance Aspirant (Candidate), with Netherlands Danstheater, Den Haag. Since then he danced with Bat Dor, Tel Aviv og ved Den Norske Nasjonalballetten (18 år). Jan has choreographed several ballets for the National ballet, Houston Ballet USA, and several ballet schools.

After retirement Jan became a Gyrotonic Master trainer and opened Gyrotonic Oslo.

* InstructorGYROTONIC® Level I + Level II
* Instructor GYROKINESIS® Level I
* Instructor GYROTONIC® Ladder
* Master Trainer GYROTONIC® Level I
* Master Trainer GYROKINESIS® Level I

Jan has taught GYROTONIC® og GYROKINESIS® since 1998 and is the only Master Trainer in Northern Countries in both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. He has trained several instructors in both Norway and abroad.