Meet The Team

Meet Our Team


All our instructors are professionally trained to provide balanced instruction tailored to the individuals in each class.

Caroline Croucher

Caroline qualifying as a Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist in 2000, Caroline quickly added BACPR ( British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation ) and PSI (Postural Stability Instructor) qualifications to her CV. Working specifically Cardiac Rehab and Fall's Prevention, Caroline finds incredibly satisfying as it so positively and dramatically improves quality of life.

Caroline has been a regular instructor at Knees Up since May 2016. The joy of the class is the mixture of ages, fitness abilities and health issues all working together, sharing experiences and having fun!

Angie Trussler

After 25 years as a fitness instructor Angie considers herself, not only a true exercise professional, but also a passionate exercise performer. Angie understands how very important it is to stay healthy and well and to keep muscles and joints strong as we reach senior years – and is very passionate about encouraging others to do so.

Three years ago Angie and her husband moved to glorious Dorset from Sussex and considers herself very lucky to have done so. Angie has achieved qualifications from Basic in 1993 to GP referral programmes in Fitness, Yoga and Pilates, Aqua fitness, Seniors and many more.

Angie strives to achieve the best benefits for everyone concerned and obtain much pleasure when goals are reached. Keep exercising and have fun!

Tiffiny Read

Tiffiny has been a Exercise Referral Specialist for over 10 years. She is a personal trainer and specifically targets the special populations. She specialises in Cancer rehab, diabetes/obesity and Pulmonary rehabilitation. She has lead a pulmonary rehab/health circuits class on a Friday here at knees up for over a year. She really enjoys helping those in need in her local community. She strives to make a difference to people health and wellbeing through gentle exercise!

Michelle Goodman

Michelle has been teaching a Pilates class for Knees Up for over 15 years and many of her clients have been coming to her class for that time. Michelle has been able to watch them grow from being beginners into advanced participants, this is what she enjoys about teaching, seeing the improvements in clients core strength, posture and overall wellbeing.

Caroline Barr

With a background in dance Caroline first qualified to teach exercise to music 25 years ago. Over the years she has added qualifications in Yoga, Circuit Training, Step Aerobics, Zumba and FitSteps. Caroline has also studied Exercise for Cardiac rehabilitation. Caroline presently takes the Thursday morning circuit class and teaches Line dancing.

Louise Kazemi 

Louise is an NHS Musculoskeletal outpatient and woman’s health physiotherapist.
She first trained in dance and later taught ballet fusion to adults before qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2012.
She has been teaching physio-led Pilates for 4 years and teaches modified Pilates classes from beginners to advanced for those managing health conditions such as back pain, osteoporosis, sports injuries or post-surgery.

Janet Knight

Janet has her own dance school in Blandford where she has been teaching Ballet, Modern Dance and Tap to children through to adults for over 30 years. She is a fully Registered Teacher and Life Member of the Royal Academy of Dance and also holds the Licentiate Diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and a Certificate in Dance Education. She has recently undertaken additional courses and has been appointed a licensee to teach the new Royal Academy ‘Silver Swans’ programme based on research into dance practice for older learners. Classes are only taught by Silver Swans Licensees

Gilly Vincent 

Gilly's background is as a Nordic Walking instructor and Swim teacher. When Marilyn (our old, much loved, chair based instructor) decided to move she recommended Gilly to Knees Up as, having attended classes with her, she thought she would be a good fit. Marilyn encouraged Gilly to take the specific Chair-based exercise qualification which she completed Christmas 2020.

Diana McGrail

I started doing Pilates in 2007, having decided that my visits to the oesto were becoming too frequent and were caused by poor posture and weak core muscles.  In 2009 as a result of an enforced career change I undertook Pilates instructor training. This enables me to bring the benefits I feel by doing Pilates to others. I am a big believer that movement can heal the body and I am passionate about helping people improve their quality of movement which brings so many benefits to everyday life.

Jeremy Alner

Jeremy has been practicing Tai Chi with Wutan International School for over 20 years and has been an assistant instructor for more than 15 of these. He started running weekly Qigong and Tai Chi classes for Knees Up in June 2023 often joined by Summer the German Pointer.

Andrew Orth

Having practiced yoga for many years I felt it was time to qualify as a teacher, to share and offer others what I have been given by amazing teachers and practice. I trained with the incredible Himalaya Yoga Valley. This immersed me into the very traditional aspects of Yoga. It is my ambition to enable accessible opportunity to yoga for all. Thus all tree and leaf yoga lessons are inclusive and accessible.

Committee Members

Our committee members are all volunteers who are essential to the ongoing success of Knees Up.
If you would like to join the committee please contact or June on 01258 458116

Kath Lane
Maggie Ballenger
Minutes Secretary
Lynda Newman
Hugh Shackell
June Lane
Val Pearce
Catherine Miller
Linda Newman
Pamela Case