About the Instructor

Sophie is a Passista for the samba school - Imperio da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro

Sophie Contreras is a Latin Dancer, Physiotherapist, Pilates, Zumba and group fitness leader.  Sophie first  began her Latin dance training in 2000 in Latin ballroom in Melbourne before later taking up salsa and Brazilian samba. Sophie has travelled extensively and lived abroad for many years and has had the chance to train with professionals in Colombia, Brazil and Cuba. While living in London,  she trained with, performed for and taught for the award winning DanceMyWay Brazilian and Latin dance company under the coaching of celebrity dance teacher Monika Molnar at Pineapple Dance studios in Covent Garden, London.  Sophie has also taught for Salsa Tropical in London and been lucky enough to teach Salsa since 2007 in the  Greek Islands at Yoga Plus over many European summers! Now back in Melbourne, Sophie performs in the Brazil show for Fx Entertainment as well as training new company dancers in Brazilian Samba. In 2019 Sophie spent 3 weeks training intensively in Brazil and was invited to be a Passista for the Rio samba school G.R.E.S.E ImpĂ©rio da Tijuca and danced in the 2019 Rio Carnival.

Sophie is  a fully certified Pilates Instructor, qualified through the internationally recognised APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).  As well as teaching Clinical Pilates to many different clients over the years while working as a Physio ( including working at The English National Ballet, rehabilitating the company  dancers with Pilates ) Sophie has also been a course educator for APPI.  She  had travelled around the world to lecture to Physiotherapists and other health professionals in the APPI Pilates method.  In fact Sophie has been to Brazil 7 times in this capacity to train the Physios there!  On top of her Pilates qualifications, Sophie is also a registered group exercise to music instructor and a trained Zumba teacher.  Sophie has almost 20 years of experience teaching exercise, wellness and fitness classes.

Sophie decided to combine all her dance, Pilates  and movement teaching experience and  follow her true passion to create Fisica. Fisica combines her Physiotherapy and Pilates knowledge with dance teaching - helping students  gain a deeper awareness of their body and their own movement. Sophie is passionate about teaching and loves the way dance, movement and music can help her students gain self confidence, fitness and well being regardless of age or experience.