Swissbody® Pilates South Africa



Tel:  +27 (0)21 786 5668
Cell:  +27 (0) 73 773 1720
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Consulting hours:  09h30 – 17h30


Private Session: R350.00
Semi-private sessions:
1 shared session per week: R200.00 per week
2 shared sessions per week: R350.00 per week
3 shared sessions per week: R450.00 per week



JENNIFER PAYNTER  - director of Swissbody® Pilates South Africa

Master Teacher Swissbody® Pilates, Founder member BCP UK in SA


JenJENNIFER PAYNTER received her early professional dance training at the Elmhurst Ballet School in the UK. She subsequently performed in theatre and on television, and taught ballet within all levels of the RAD syllabi, firstly in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), then Johannesburg, and subsequently, over a period of 27 years, at her own studio in Cape Town. In 1965 Jennifer became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing, and in due course a Life Member. In 1973, she was appointed to the RAD International Board of Examiners, and remained on the Board for 28 years. She conducted examinations worldwide, including many centres throughout Central and Southern Africa. Also during that period, she attained her RAD Advanced Teacher’s Certificate (Honours), followed by her RAD Advanced Teacher’s Diploma with Distinction (ARAD Tdip) in 1993.


From her earliest years as a teacher, Jennifer has concerned herself deeply with body conditioning to eliminate faulty patterns of movement and the prevention of injury — especially among dancers. But, as it was soon becoming obvious that the demands of dance were being ever more stringent, so the need for greater anatomical perfection was becoming crucial. So from 1969–1972 Jennifer studied Anatomy in Relation to Dance under the tutelage of Professor R P Trevor-Jones, Professor of Anatomy, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, and later under the technical guidance of Messrs R Goldschmit and D Pollock (both orthopaedic surgeons) in Cape Town. During 1973 she conducted Body Conditioning instruction to members of CAPAB Ballet Company, Cape Town, and from 1988 to 1991 was Lecturer in Anatomy in Relation to Classical Dance at the University of Cape Town, Ballet School.


In 1996 Jennifer turned to Pilates to augment her skills in relation to the rehabilitation and prevention of sport and dance-related injuries. In 1999, soon after qualifying for her Body Control Pilates Teacher’s Certificate (UK), she relocated to Geneva to teach at the then newly-created Swissbody® Pilates Centre. During her eight year tenure there, Jennifer became a Master Teacher of the Swissbody® method, and was closely involved in the tuition of Swissbody® Pilates teachers with special attention to the study of functional anatomy. Jennifer’s specialised ‘Foot and Knee’ classes were to become so successful that they ultimately developed into a Swissbody® International Workshop for physiotherapists and sport and dance trainers, the first of which was held during June 2007 in Geneva where it has now become an annual event.


In March 2007 Jennifer returned to Cape Town to establish a studio under the Swissbody® Pilates banner situated within the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, (CAPA) Westlake complex, where she enjoys an excellent relationship through teaching within the faculties of Dance Conditioning, Classical Ballet and Functional Anatomy. She, however, remains firmly committed to her Swissbody® roots as she continues to be involved with the Swissbody® Academy and the Pilates training of young dancers…as well as offering specially-formulated classes to people from many other walks of life.


Swissbody® Pilates South Africa Terms & conditions

All fees are to be paid in advance.
The duration of every session is one hour. Please arrive punctually as time-slots cannot be extended.
Forty eight hours notice is required for cancellations; otherwise full payment will become due. However, subject to sufficient warning, a replacement private/semi private session will be sought where possible. Due to studio pre-paid overheads, no refunds can be offered.
Please note: In the event of an accident or serious illness, sessions can be suspended for a limited period on presentation of a medical advice note.