Anna started her dance and fitness journey with Irish dancing in 2004 in Finland. Between 2006-2009 she was actively performing and teaching. In 2009 she left Finland to study a degree in physiology in the University of Dundee in Scotland.
The drive to dance and teach Irish dance persisted, resulting in her starting her own school, Irish Dance Studio in 2011. She graduated with BSc(Hons) Physiological Sciences in 2013 and started a full-time job with Dundee University as a laboratory management technician. The same year she expanded Irish Dance Studio and changed the name to Dundee Dance Studios offering a variety of dance styles and employing multiple dance teachers. Anna started her Pilates teacher training in 2015, completing her advanced Pilates mat instructor diploma in 2016 with FutureFit in London. Anna then moved to directing the school and teaching Pilates and Irish Dance full time and had two studio locations in Dundee.
After 9 successful years running a dance studio, Anna felt it was time to move on. In December 2019 Anna closed Dundee Dance Studios on Brown St in Dundee in order to fully focus on her Pilates and Barre career. The North Isla St studios were rebranded as Anna McLean Pilates Studio, offering high quality Pilates, Barre and Yoga classes. She employed 3 other teachers in order to offer a comprehensive class schedule.
When lockdown happened in March 2020 due to Covid-19, Anna moved her classes online. By end of June, it was clear that the new way of teaching suited Anna very well, removing the need for 12h of commuting a week! Anna was able to also double her teaching hours and take on all the classes herself. She let go of the studio premises in Dundee and moved fully online, offering both On-Demand video classes as well as live online classes on Zoom. So far there's over hundred video classes in the On-Demand Library, and 10+ classes are added each week! Her clients from Dundee have fully embraced the new method of delivering classes and find they can actually take a lot more classes online compared to studio classes. Consequently, many of them have found their strength, mobility and flexibility have improved considerably. New clients are very welcome to join our lovely, supporting and encouraging Pilates community online.