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Leire Ortueta

Leire Ortueta was born in Bilbao, Spain, and from here she started her career as a dancer. Joining the Royal ballet school in 1988, she went on to join the Royal ballet Company in 1990 where she danced for 12 years, the last 5 years as a soloist. In 2002 Leire joined George Piper Dance (The Ballet Boyz) for 3 months.

After retiring from dance Leire trained in an intensive course of Pilates at The Body Conditioning Studio with Dreas Reyneken, one of the most prestigious and respected Pilates teachers in the UK. Leire qualified in 2005, In the same year she completed the R.A.D. Professional Dancers Teaching Course. Leire went on to open her own Pilates studio in her home city of Bilbao called 'Metodo Pilates Leire Ortueta’. She has extensive experience working with people of all ages and conditions and is fully qualified in many therapeutic aspects.

Leire has also worked with dancers teaching Classical Ballet, pointe work and Pilates for dancers at Dantza Eskola School between 2008 and 2015. And she has been working in the Royal ballet school since November 2017 as a Pilates instructor for students age 16-19.

Pilates & Gyrotonic Training

When I discovered Pilates during my training with Dreas Reyneken, it was a real eye opener, I gained a great understanding of how the body functions in movement. Often, I wish I had this knowledge during my dancing career. Since being a fully qualified Pilates instructor, I have had the great fortune of working with dancers and witnessing wonderful results in their technique, strength, co-ordination, and balance. I have worked extensively with people of all ages and abilities, and I have been rewarded by seeing huge improvements in their quality of life, often observing freedom from long-term pain or immobility.


Gyrotonic brings with it many shared holistic benefits with the addition of three-dimensional movement combining control stability and coordination. It focuses on opening and creating space in every joint in the body to expand its range of motion whilst also developing the strength needed to control and reach out to these extremities. Each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression.

Qualifications & Experience

  • The body conditioning studio 2004-2005.

  • R.A.D. The Professional Dancers Teaching Course 2005.

  • Gyrotonic Trainer level 1 2008 and Therapeutic courses: Gyrotonic

  • Applications for the pelvic girdle and lumbar spine, & Scoliosis.

  • Gyrotonic principle in the context of Osteopathy.

  • Fit Pilates : Pilates + injuries workshop.

  • Balanced Body workshops 2010. Stott Pilates workshops 2011.

  • Balanced body Workshops 2012. Gyrotonic level 2 program 1 2014.

  • Gyrotonic Jumping-Stretching Board Trainer 2021

  • Gyrotonic application for Dancers Level 1 2022

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