Claire is a former track athlete who has channeled her passion for fitness into a high energy career assisting others to reaching their goals.
Claire has an extensive background in the industry including her role as a Nike
NTC trainer. She believes determination and self belief combined with
smart training will achieve results! Her upbeat vibe and dedication create a fun fueled place for
you to challenge your limits and then some! Claire teaches Boxing HIIT and
Accelerate HIIT classes at Core Candy.
Danielle comes from a dance background and is a certified PT, spinning, kettlebell, TRX, animal flow and Lagree method trainer. Danielle has a multitude of experience and has recently returned to Melbourne from working in the London and Hong Kong fitness industries, including with Heartcore Fitness. Danielle incorporates her dance training into classes to bring a sense of flow, and aims to push clients to achieve a higher level of of intensity in their training, while promoting good form and technique to ensure progression.
Ashlee is from Melbourne and is a Level 2 APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association) qualified instructor with a long interest and deep understanding of the Pilates method that comes from her background in dance and circus arts.
Ashlee has been teaching Pilates since 2009. When Ashlee is not in the studio she can be found performing in various Circus shows around Australia. Her extensive studies at NICA, Circus OZ and various recognised dance institutions strongly influence her teaching style. As a Circus artist and Aerialist, Ashlee performed and lived in Paris before returning to Australia to continue sharing her love of movement and Pilates with others.
Faren is originally from Canada and has had a passion for movement and living active lifestyle from an early age. She was a competitive dancer for 15 years back in her hometown in Canada, which is when she was first introduced to Pilates. She found it extremely beneficial to increase strength and flexibility. Faren went on to pursue the fashion industry, receiving a diploma in Fashion Business and moved to London, England for a short time. But it was her love of health and fitness that brought her back to Pilates. Faren completed the full STOTT Pilates comprehensive program at the main headquarters in Toronto, Canada. She has a keen eye for detail and is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about helping people to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle.
Originally from New Zealand, Anna started to dance upon learning to walk and she hasn't stopped since. Following a dance-related injury more than 10 years ago, Anna commenced her Pilates journey, and Pilates quickly became a staple in her weekly routine. Now a qualified Pilates instructor, Anna is a huge advocate of the Pilates Method and its benefits - not only in relation to injury prevention, strength and performance enhancement for elite athletes and dancers, but also to improve the safety and efficiency of functional movement in everyday life.
Anna's skill and passion as a Pilates instructor fuses with her flare as a dance teacher in the delivery of her Barre classes. Anna's Barre workouts are dynamic, fun and engaging, inspired by the original Lotte Berk method and retaining elements of classical ballet technique. They promise to challenge lower and upper body strength, balance, coordination and stamina, all with an overlay of technical dance, and to great music! Be prepared to sweat and to laugh!
Kyle grew up on a farm in Geelong and has always been up for a new challenge. He loves to be active - some of his favourite past-times are skateboarding, fencing, boxing, running, touch footy and rock climbing. He was first introduced to Pilates on holiday in New York (visiting Candice!) and although he thought he was pretty active he found it to be super challenging!
He's recently suffered from back and shoulder injuries due to heavy lifting and rock-climbing and has found the knowledge he has gained from his Pilates practice and education, to be really helpful to prevent injury. Fast forward and he's now a certified Pilates, fitness and boxing instructor and our favourite man on the Core Candy team. You may see Kyle sipping coffees on Chapel Street, playing in his band around Melbourne or skateboarding down High Street.
Madeleine grew up dancing and loves anything that involves movement, exercise and music. Madeleine is a former professional ballerina and certified Pilates instructor. Madeleine’s passion for Pilates and health grew when she needed to manage injuries and maintain strength for her ballet career. After graduating from The Australian Ballet School, Madeleine danced with The Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in Montreal and most recently, danced in The Australian Ballet Company’s season of Swan Lake. Madeleine loves teaching and inspiring others to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Having grown up dancing across all styles, to the likes of Shirley Temple, Chopin and Salt & Pepper, Danae is all about getting lost in the moment and burning to the beat. A certified dance teacher and private movement coach, Danae is here to help you find what works for you. Whether that may be a cool, slow, isolated burn, a raging boxing class, calm trigger pointing and movement recovery or injury prevention or rehabilitation, Danae’s qualifications and experience will have you safely and effectively reach your goals. Well versed in postural analysis and diagnosis she’s here to help you live pain free, move with purpose, sleep better and feel more energised.
Candice Ota (Founder)
Candice is the owner and founder of Core Candy. Candice is formerly a finance lawyer, where she was
fortunate enough to travel the world and live and work in Melbourne, Sydney and
Manhattan. It was during her time in New York that Candice
fell in love with New York’s vibrant fitness scene, in particular the Barre,
Pilates and HIIT workouts.
After seven years of living in New York and the birth of their
two children, Candice and her husband decided to move back to their hometown,
Melbourne. Feeling that Melbourne lacked
the variety and quality of the workouts that Candice loved, Candice decided to
follow her passion for fitness and create Core
Candy. Candice is a certified fitness, boxing fitness and Pilates teacher.
With so many of us trying to manage all the demands on us, we want to be able to to help others feel less stressed, more productive and fabulous! Melbourne is the best city in the world - Melburnians should be able to experience the best classes the world has to offer.