Helpful updates for members of PBA Levels 2-5:
In Section 1 you will find the when, where and prices for all our PBA Extras - Pilates Days, Extension Classes (holiday training), Weekend Intensives (5 hours over weekend) and Sunday Morning Workshops.
Download Schedules and dates here:

In Section 2 you will find our learning aids.
In Section 3 you will find the nuts and bolts that hold the school together i.e. the PBA School Contract, something that protects good management practices, reliability, studio hire and financial security. In this section, you will find guidance for students at all levels on fees and payment methods and in Section 4, how to resign correctly for students at all levels. Correct resignation, when/should you need to, is essential. Without protocol and when it comes to the withdrawal of your funds from the school income, a lot of hurt could be generated. Please stick to protocol and use the deadlines correctly. Thank you.


We do regard these as a substantial part of our identity, as a school of Pilates tuition. The longer 2 hr classes, full body warm-up followed by an appropriate theme, enable Chris to deliver a range of Pilates remedial and advanced training techniques to enhance the progress made in the weekly 1hr Pilates classes. They are fabulous and we all love them.


An extra 1 week optional tuition each year. 2 hour vacation classes offer in depth tuition to enhance and augment training received during the term. These longer classes have themes but all start with a full and balanced warm-up.


Spring Break 2019 We offer the following time-table:

Mon 1 April  6.30 - 8.30 pm  Handstands and Backbends 
Thurs 4 April 7.00 - 8.30 pm Quads and Hip Flexors, Stretch and Leg Alignment
Sat  6 April 2 - 4 pm  The Foot Class

Winter Break 2019 We offer the following 6 Hour Extension course:

Mon 9 Dec. 6.30 - 8.30pm, Thurs.12 Dec. 7.00 - 8.30pm, Sat 14 Dec. 2 - 4pm. PBA Pilates Matwork and how our Syllabus connects with the aspirations of Classical Matwork and Strong, Flexible Bodies. 

All classes cost £17.50. To book, please place £17.50 correct money, in a sealed envelope marked with your name and the title of the event, and hand this in at the beginning of class by placing the envelope on the piano/designated surface. Thank you. 


See further information on CLASSICAL page

Saturdays, 11 - 12.30pm (See TIMES for any variation) as part of Level 5 training. We set up 2 per month. Guests, £17.50 PBA Level 4 and £22 non-members with accredited teaching qualifications. As a non-member of PBA you may book and pay online using PayPal form on CLASSICAL page. All held at Academy Mews Dance Studios, 15 Pratt Mews, NW1 0AD.

Classical Workshops 2019

Jan 12, 19 - Feb 9, 16 - Mar 2, 9, 30 - Apr 6 - May 11, 18 - Jun 1, 22 - Jul 20, 27 - Aug 10, 17 - Sep 14, 21 - Oct 5, 12 - Nov 2, 9, 30 - Dec 7

Please book and pay in class using an envelope for cash.


Bikini Workout  Saturday 26th January 11am-12.30pm AMDS. A high intensity, lively class with a sense of humour to keep you working hard and entertained. No charge for members of the Sat am classes, otherwise £17.50. Please book at the beginning of the new term.

Pilates Days: Held the Saturday before a new PBA Term starts. 10.00am – 2.00pm with 30 min break. Enjoy a long and thorough workout with plenty of time to cover the more complex material. Lunch at 2.30pm in a good local restaurant is an optional extra. Please book and pay in class using an envelope for cash.  We have 4 Saturdays in 2019 held at The Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, Regents Place, London NW1 3FE 

Dates: No 1 Sat 5 Jan*, No 2 27 Apr, No 3 Sat 13 July, No 4 Sat 28 Sep.

£50.00 members of PBA, Guests £65 from outside the school: Advanced Level Pilates Teachers or equivalent,   

Sundays:10am-2pm  Sun 24 Feb, Sun 23 Jun, 27 Oct (Held at Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, Regents Place, London NW1 3FE See Google Location )

Part of the Week-end Intensives* to augment and deepen understanding and performance. All with bio-mechanical themes to further awareness of posture, mobility and healthy, fluid movement. £50 members of PBA. £60 guests from outside the school: Advanced Level Pilates Teachers or equivalent.

*The Saturday components, £17.50/22.50, are held in the Balcony studio of AMDS Pratt St, 11am-12.30pm, 23 Feb, 22 Jun, 26 Oct 2019

WEEK-END INTENSIVES The following are the 2019 Themes:

No 1. Feb 23, 24 Coming out of Winter: Reinvigorate, Remobilize  

No 2. Jun 22, 23 Mid Summer: The best Stretch ever: Wall, chair, partner

No 3. Oct 26, 27 Pre Winter: Energizing Posture: Length and Strength

Weekend Intensives are also open to advanced professional teachers of Yoga, Dance or Pilates. (Proof of qualifications/teaching posts held etc. are required for external applicants) £22.50 for the Sat component, £60.00 for the Sunday Workshop component or £72.50 for the whole 5 hour event. See CLASSICAL page for details and enrolment.


LEVEL 1 BOOKLET £17.50. Essential reading for a new PBA student. Please purchase in class as soon as possible. Teachers' Notes 1-10 priced £10 in class. Please supply an A4 envelope with 2 first class stamps and your name and address on the outside as soon as you have completed your first 10 weeks with PBA. We'll post these to you. Together with the Level 1 Booklet these form a good introduction to the way we teach the Pilates technique.


Teachers Notes 11 Joseph Pilates - His Influence and Influences  Download

Teachers Notes 12 Glossary Pt. 1 Download

Teachers Notes 13 - 14 Glossary Pt. 2 Download

PBA Syllabus Download  

Chris Hocking teaching class at Urdang Academy, London. View excerpts here



Our 1 hour Taster Classes for new students* of PBA  are £17.50, are held on Saturdays 2.00 - 3.00 pm, £17.50 paid by Pay Pal in advance, plus INAUGURAL COURSE of 10 term time weeks, 10 × 1hr Pilates classes, £120 cash

*Completely new to Pilates technique (improvised Kit acceptable)

Our Taster class for Improvers, i.e. students who have tried Pilates previously at another venue, may attend Wednesdays 6.30 - 7.30pm (Full Kit required. See Kit Essentials in JOINING)

As we are open to new students all year, many of our Level 1 students will be out of line with our 4 terms of 10 weeks when they start. Part way into the Inaugural, Chris will ask for balancing fee to complete payment for the current term. Payment is expected within 2 weeks. Please use a named envelope for all cash payment and hand it at the beginning if class. If you decide not to continue after your first 10 weeks, please send a resignation text to Chris on 07881 494212 to cancel further payment. This must be done at least one day before next class, not in class. Without the resignation text you will be expected to submit further fees. 

Your Privacy and Data Protection. PBA takes the protection of your data seriously. Your email is used only for the purposes of administration, and to provide the termly Newsletter.  Should you wish to opt-out of this arrangement please inform the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We do not share your data with any other party. We do not retain your email if you cease to be a student.

Once Level 1 students are in line with the current term, fees are simpler. Payment for next term is £120 if paid Wk7 of term but the full fee of £140 if paid Wk8. If you decide against paying further fees to PBA please ensure your resignation text reaches Chris on 07881 494212 no later than 5pm Monday Wk7 of term.

The final stage is to set up the Standing Order Mandate (SOM) to pay for the term after next. Chris will set this up with you in class.
 Fees at Levels 2, 3, 4 & 5 are collected electronically a quarter in advance to give financial stability to the school, a requisite if PBA is to survive and continue offering tuition.


Fees are paid one full quarter in advance of the quarter in which the next term falls. As a new student, please take a look at the following schedule. You'll see how the SOM works:

PAYMENT by Standing Order Mandate is activated at 00.01 on:

1st October for Term No1, 10 weeks, the Winter term, Jan, Feb and March.

1st January for Term No2, 10 weeks, the Spring term, April May and June.

1st April for Term No3, 10 weeks, the Summer term, July, August and Sept.

1st July for Term No4, 10 weeks, the Autumn term, Oct, Nov and Dec.

1st October for Term No1 and so on.

Payment is usually made by the term, often referred to as payment by the quarter, £132.50 for Levels 2 - 3 and £140.00 for Levels 4 & 5, but arrangements can be made to pay by the month for the first 6 months as a Level 2 student. Please discuss this with Chris. A few students prefer to pay by the year, paying the £520 before 1st October for the following year. Students wishing to upgrade to 2 classes a week receive a £30 discount on their fees.

For clarification here is an example:

Student Z starts an Inaugural Course of 10 weeks, Wk7 of the PBA term. Happy to continue beyond Inaugural, Z pays Wk2/3 the balance of 4×£11.50 =£46 to complete the fee for the current term. This brings Z into line with the PBA term. Z then pays £120 Wk7 of the current term for the next PBA term, saving £20.00, and having read and assimilated the PBA 'Terms of Trade' is happy to complete the Standing Order Mandate for the term after next. Z, who has been in possession of the 'Level 1 Booklet' since Wk9 of last term also hands in the envelope Wk7 of the current term along with the fees, also in an envelope together with the SOM. Z is now set up as a new member of PBA. ENJOY!

Many good things are about to come your way.

Please note all cash payments made in class must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your name and content i.e. amount and what it is for.

PBA does not give refunds. We encourage the Swap-In Scheme (available after 7 weeks attendance) and under certain circumstances can give a credit note. 


STUDENTS AT LEVEL 1. Please see the notes in SECTION 3 PAYMENT. The correct resignation procedure is outlined in this section.
 LEVEL 2 STUDENTS PAYING BY THE MONTH. Please pay all 3 parts of the quarterly fee before submitting a resignation. Failure to do this will constitute breach of contract. There are only 4 resignation deadlines not 12.

STUDENTS AT LEVELS 2, 3, 4 & 5 For your convenience resignation deadlines coincide with payment deadlines. However, failure to communicate a resignation by the deadline once payment has been cancelled does constitute a breach of the PBA 'Terms of Trade', the '2019 School Contract', (View 2018 School Contract HERE) and civil law. Without a resignation in place by the deadline, you will have failed to terminate your contract with PBA and you will still be liable for the fees. To place a resignation by the deadlines of 00.01 on 1st Oct for Term 1, 1st Jan for Term 2, 1st Apr for Term 3 and 1st Jul for Term 4, 
please text Chris on 07881 4942121.

Resignation should be sent by a text laid out as described in the School Contract and on line ...never in the studio, pre or post class, nor in the venue, nor in the street either en route to class nor as a casual encounter. Please do this as requested as it is the kindest and most considerate method.

You will receive a reminder from PBA that a resignation deadline is coming up. When submitting this text please confirm that you have cancelled the SOM. Our intervention is not lawful and is not accepted by the banks. The 2-part resignation is in your hands and is your responsibility.
 Reminder: PBA does not give refunds, only credit notes.

  • INJURY OR SERIOUS ILLNESS Minor injury is covered by our 'swap-in scheme'. They should be reported by text to 07881 494212 to Chris no later than 4hrs before class starts. For serious conditions we ask for a doctor's assessment with a view to offering a payment holiday of 6 months
  • PREGNANCY In many cases women are happy to stay in class up to and including the 7th month and we are happy to include them modifying the exercises as necessary. We feel a payment holiday of 9 months is appropriate, covering 2 months before the birth and 7 months afterwards


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