Kate the Pilates Barossa Owner and main instructor

Kate Shelby-James (nee Neldner)

Kate Shelby-James is the founder of Pilates Barossa in Nuriootpa, South Australia. Kate spent 20 years of her working life in the wine industry in various finance and administration roles, including 12 years in management roles.A career change was inspired in 2015, Kate returned to study and opened her own Pilates studio.

She has grown her business from a new concept in the region in 2016, to now being a viable long-term business. Kate continues to focus on her education and engagement within the Pilates community.

She lives Tanunda with her husband and their two fur babies. When away from her studio she can be found, cycling, enjoying general outdoor activities, travelling and relishing in good food and wine.

Kates Qualifications & Training

Kate holds the following qualifications; a Diploma in Studio and Rehabilitation with Polestar Pilates, a Certificate 4 in Mat Instruction with Polestar Pilates and a Diploma in Accounting.


Kate is a member of the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA). PAA is an independent and not-for-profit organisation established by the Pilates industry as a regulatory body for control of quality instruction, member support and integrity within all legitimate approaches to the Pilates Method.

The PAA believes in an open approach to regulation and strives to ensure protection of the general public, industry employees and studios, whilst continuing to foster the original intentions of the Pilates Method.

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Meet Shelly one of our Pilates Instructors at Pilates Barossa

Shelly Noack

After being introduced to Pilates in 2017, Shelly fell in love with the method and the benefits that it has brought to her body and everyday life.

After many years of encouraging friends and family to give Pilates a try, her fellow instructors Kate and Di suggested she consider becoming an instructor herself. Shelly proudly holds a Diploma with Polestar Pilates.

Outside of the studio you can find Shelly living an active lifestyle. Whether that’s going to the gym, walking outdoors or knee boarding at the river.

She is passionate about looking after your body now (whatever your age) so that you can age with vitality and get the most out of your body. As Joseph Pilates quotes “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”

Shelly looks forward to seeing you in class where you too can discover the benefits of Pilates yourself.

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Diane Stewart

Diane Stewart attended her first Pilates mat class in 2005 and was instantly HOOKED!

Since then, she has practiced Pilates indoors and out – everywhere from here in South Australia, across the Nullarbor in Western Australia, on the banks of the Murray River in Victoria and on the beach in Far North Queensland.

Fast forward 15 years when the opportunity presented itself to complete the Polestar Pilates Certificate IV in Mat Instruction and join Kate Shelby-James as an instructor at the Pilates Barossa studio in the Barossa Valley. From 2020 Diane has been helping clients improve their strength, fitness and flexibility through Pilates and offers a range of mat classes for all abilities.

Apart from teaching and practicing Pilates, Diane enjoys swimming, walking and spending time with family and friends.

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Julieanne Hazen

Julieanne Hazen

Julieanne has been teaching studio Pilates for over 15 years she is a fully qualified Pilates Instructor with the Australian Pilates Method Australia and Fitness Network. Whilst Julieanne holds a strong passion for Pilates teaching she is just as passionate about the business side and had successfully ran two of her own studios in Sydney. Julieanne holds a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University and has joined our team to support us behind the scenes with administration, marketing and accounts and is very dedicated to supporting our clients and team at Pilates Barossa.

Julieanne lives in Sydney, is a mum of two little girls and apart from Pilates enjoys time at the beach, bush walking and of course a good glass of wine!