about us

Form School is a joint venture between Gordon and Aoife D’Arcy. Irish international rugby player Gordon D’Arcy and top fashion model and artist Aoife Cogan have combined their expertise in their respective fields to offer an innovative Reformer Pilates studio that offers a range of workout options set in a stylishly bohemian, welcoming and artistic space based in the city centre.

Aoife Cogan/D’Arcy

AoifeAoife Cogan/D’Arcy has been one of Ireland’s most established and successful fashion models for nearly 14 years. She is also an accomplished artist whose pieces have been exhibited in the National Gallery. Her interests include art, fashion, interiors, travel, music, exercise and vintage style.

Aoife’s modeling career began while still in school. She combined modeling with studying while in Art School and went on to become Miss Ireland in 2005 competing in Miss World in China. She has walked the ramp and shot campaigns for every major brand and designer in Ireland. She has also modeled internationally and has worked with some of the fashion worlds’ biggest supermodels

Aoife’s broad range of interests includes travelling extensively and both she and Gordon have travelled the world, through both their respective careers and together. She says that this has heavily influenced her style, shaping and influencing her whole outlook on life. Travel has also influenced her art extensively

Modeling can often be a short lived career but Aoife attributes her successful, long standing modeling career to the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyle and diet to sustain a healthy lean body. She also stresses the importance of the positive effect exercise has on her mind. Aoife believes that “feeling good equals looking good, positivity is very important. As a model you are faced with a lot of rejection and negative commentary on your appearance. This can be challenging but when your body is strong and resilient, your mind also becomes strong and resilient and you can achieve more.”

Aoife’s goal with Form School is to promote and share all her expertise in maintaining a healthy toned physique, gained through 14 years of modeling experience. This will be done in an artistic, beautiful work out space that reflects both her and Gordon’s bohemian outlook. Her artwork will hang on the walls of the beautifully appointed Form School and she wants the welcome for all their clients to be warm and inviting.

Our Teachers

Pamela Hogan

Pamela’s journey with movement started from a young age with Gymnastics where she competed nationally and loved the flexility, strength and grace it brought to her body. She continued to be involved in various sports and fitness over the years.

Pamela then turned to Pilates following the birth of her three daughters to help her regain her pre-pregnancy shape. In Pilates, Pamela once again found movement that combined both flexibility, stretch and strength and found amazing results. Herein a new passion was ignited which in turn resulted in a change of career.

Leaving behind a successful career as a buyer, Pamela embarked on a Mentorship training programme in Pilates and qualified as a fully certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor. She is trained to teach Mat & Reformer Pilates in levels 1,2 &3 and also Trap Table, Pilates Chair and Pilates Barrels. Pamela has also trained in Pre & Post Natal Pilates.

Pamela believes in continually learning and improving her knowledge of anatomy and is currently studying Holistic and Sports Massage Level 3 in H.C.D. Pilates has been more of a life change than a career change for Pamela as she loves the challenge of helping people move better and bringing a step-change improvement to clients physical health and appearance.

One of her favourite Joe Pilates quotes sums it up for her:
‘The art of contrology proves that the only real guide to your true age lies not in years or how you think you feel but as you actually are as infallibly indicated by the degree of natural form and flexibility enjoyed by your spine throughout life.’…J.Pilates

Carolyn MacLachlan

Carolyn has always had a keen interest in physical exercise, beginning martial arts from a young age in the form of Taekwondo, where she first learned about just how important it is to control movement in the body.

The love she developed for strength, flexibility, and dynamic movement carried on through her school years, where she discovered Pilates through her aunt Sarah MacLachlann (2nd Generation Pilates Master). This connection allowed her to immerse herself fully in an educational Pilates environment from the age of 15. Straight after finishing school she began an intensive Pilates Mentorship programme, and by age 19 she had completed the Balance Body repertoire, holding qualifications in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Chair.

Another passion of Carolyn’s is drumming, which she believes has greatly benefitted her style of teaching. “The pace, rhythm and flow I feel in music is exactly how I want my clients to feel after a class – fluid, energised and strong!”

Hannah Buckley

Hannah is an professionally trained dancer having trained at California State University in Los Angeles and Trisha Browne’s Dance Company in New York. Hannah holds a BA in the Performing Arts from the University of Limerick and a Postgraduate Degree from Copenhagen Contemporary Dance College.
Pilates, Yoga and other somatic practices were an integral part of Hannah’s dance training and experiencing the positive impact these methods had on her strength, posture and flexibility at an early age she was keen to develop her skills further. She took further classes and workshops during her travels in New York, Los Angeles and Denmark and is a Progressive Pilates Academy Reformer Level 1 +2, STOTT-certified Mat Pilates, Barre and Youth Yoga Instructor.

Hannah’s classes are reflective of her dance background in which an essence of flow and grace are encouraged. Her classes work on improving mobility, finding the balance between strengthening and lengthening muscles, centering the mind and body and improving postural imbalances.

Shirley Marinho

Shirley has dedicated her career to the Pilates Method for 8 years. She graduated in Physical Education and Sports and is expert in Psychology. She is qualified to teach mat classes and the full Pilates Repertoire (Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel).

Shirley has experience in clinical Pilates ( fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, herniated disc, stenosis, chondromalacia, labyrinthitis, high pressure, stroke, kyphosis, scoliosis with congenital rotation, lordosis , stenosis, bursitis (shoulder’s and hips) shin splints, foot pain, muscles pain, stiffness and osteoporosis.

Damian Poder

Originally from Sydney, Damian has been involved in the Sports and Fitness Industry for over 10 years and is currently working as a Personal Trainer and Pilates Teacher in various studios throughout Dublin. Damian is extensively trained and fully qualified in Matwork, Reformer 1,2 & 3, Personal Training, Pre and Post Natal, Pilates for Elderly.

Damian’s teaching places an important focus on Pilates and he works with many clients on a one to one basis as well as with GAA and Cricket teams and recently the Irish Rugby team, all of whom recognise the benefits of flexibility, core strength and injury prevention. Damian’s client base also extends to, pre and post natal women, competition level runners, corporate clients and clients suffering from lower back pain.

Damian continues his professional education and training in this ever evolving industry, with participation in workshops and courses to keep up with the latest advances in the sector.

Damian has first hand experience of playing rugby and cricket in Australia and in Ireland and uses this experience from both games in the design and direct application of programmes for injury prevention and pre-habilitation.

Gigi Tynan

From an early age Gigi has always had a flare for dance and fitness which has led to her strong passion for healthy living. For many years she trained as a dancer, where Pilates was taught as part of her curriculum, and her interest was sparked. It wasn’t until Gigi moved to Australia that her passion for Pilates led her to become a certified Pilates Instructor. And she is now furthering her knowledge by training with Polestar Pilates UK.

Gigi loves to inspire others to find the same motivation and enthusiasm for Pilates. Her classes create a balanced, well ­rounded workout that increases energy, improves posture and encourages a healthier lifestyle. “I believe that it’s not enough to go through the motions, focus and discipline helps to achieve the best results. In her spare time Gigi loves making and eating good food with family and friends and is a strong believer that eating well really fuels your mind and body. She has a social media blog @YUMible with healthy recipes, fitness tips and reviews on healthy places to eat out in Dublin and abroad.

Katie Holmes

Katie is a Polestar Pilates Studio qualified teacher whose classes engage the mind, body and spirit in intelligent, playful and challenging movement whether on the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze or Barrel and Arcs.

Pilates supported Katie’s recovery from a broken back, rib cage and punctured lung, cementing Katie’s belief in the almost 100 year old system.

Katie works between Dublin and Wicklow where she continues to empower others to rehabilitate their own bodies, improve their performance in sport and fitness, or simply to build strength from the inside out for all of life’s activities.

Veronika Eckel

Veronika was introduced to Gymnastics at the age of 7 and she fell in love with it as a discipline from the start. It requires a strong mind, body and focus on attention to detail and perfection. She successfully competed at both county and national level in Germany until a knee injury ended her early career as a gymnast.

Her love for physical exercise and movement never left her though and she continued to engage in athletics, dance, Yoga and Pilates during her college days. Veronika graduated in Business Administration in 2005 and moved to Ireland shortly after. Pilates became her sanctuary after a long day at work. Having worked in Financial Services for nearly a decade, Veronika noticed a growing dissatisfaction with her work and lifestyle. It was during this time that she decided to change careers to take better care of her body and mind, and to embark on a new journey in Pilates. In 2014, Veronika resigned from her corporate job and since then she devotes her career full-time to the Pilates Method.

Veronika has a strong drive to understand the human body and its ability to move and heal. She first qualified in advanced Pilates Matwork with the National Training Centre in 2013. Later she enrolled in the 450 hour intensive mentorship programme under the tutelage of Master teacher Sarah MacLachlann and completed all modules of Mat and Apparatus Pilates in 2015. Veronika trained in the full Pilates repertoire with Balanced Body and she works with all levels of clients, from beginner to advanced, on Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Ladder Barrel. Veronika’s approach is ‘hands-on’ and friendly. She observes how clients move and provides corrections with an emphasis on detailed cues so that clients can heal injuries,overcome chronic pain or postural conditions. Veronika believes in continuous education and regularly attends workshops and courses to continue to learn more about the body. She is currently working on her 200 hour Yoga teacher qualification which will finish in May 2017.