Ballerina who danced with ‘great’ launches new exercise venture

Jane Fletcher
Jane Fletcher

A former ballerina who danced alongside the Russian great Rudolf Nureyev in her first professional role has set up a pilates group to help promote the exercise she used as a professional dancer.

Jane Fletcher said she had always wanted to dance and her dream came true when she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11.

Jane Fletcher (middle) with Rudolf Nureyev

Jane Fletcher (middle) with Rudolf Nureyev

More than four decades on she has qualified as a pilates instructor – an exercise regime she used while part of the English National Ballet company.

Jane said: “Pilates was originally extremely popular with dancers, especially so to help them get their strength and flexibility back after injury. I used it when I was dancing, as well as following pregnancy to get back into shape for the stage.

“After retiring from ballet and spending many years in the business world I decided to train as a pilates teacher – not just to deal with my own aches and pains – but because I know I can help all kinds of people – men or women – whether recovering from injury, dealing with ongoing back or joint pain or simply just wanting to improve core muscle strength, posture and fitness.

“It is a gentle and restorative exercise.”

Jane won a place in the English National Ballet Company at the age of 17 and realised her dream of working with her hero Rudolf Nureyev in her first professional role with the company.

For more information, contact Jane by email on, or phone her on 07776 058973.

She is offering a free taster class to anyone interested in finding out more.