Ruth Carpenter, a qualified Pilates and fitness instructor with a background in contemporary dance, developed Psalms & Stretches as the "class she’s always wanted to go to". Ruth felt called to combine her skills in teaching movement with her desire to worship and serve God in a creative way, and has been honing the programme over the last few years teaching Psalms & Stretches in her local church and for Christian events across the country.
Ruth completed her BA(Hons) in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban, with further studies at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance as part of an apprenticeship with a dance theatre company, Tilted Productions. Whilst initially still working with several independent dance artists, poets and visual artists since graduating, over the next few years Ruth began her journey into the fitness industry. As dance took a back seat in her career, Ruth invested in her range of skills by completing a wide variety of fitness teacher training programmes. From Kangoo Jumps, whom she represented on an episode of ITV's Loose Women, to Barre Fitness - a ballet-inspired workout - to more recently completing an aerial fitness course with CircusFit, Ruth is passionate about movement education. Ruth specialised in Pilates (training with Stott Pilates), having experienced the benefits first-hand during her professional dance training and, along with dance, believes it to be an invaluable influence which informs her whole approach to movement. She has now been teaching Pilates for 10 years, teaching mostly private workplace classes for several Government buildings in Westminster and in the corporate sector in Bank, London. Psalms & Stretches is her offering, a way of using her skills for the glory of God. She is also a qualified Sports Massage Therapist.
Founder and Creative Director
Emma Wilson (Flett) was previously a dancer and is now a dance film-maker and also a practitioner in dance, teaching at The University of West London. Emma used to lead the Soho Vineyard church with her husband Ed (which is how Ruth and Emma met!). Emma is passionate about sharing the vision of Psalms & Stretches, connecting instructors, churches and communities with this exciting new resource.
Emma trained at The Royal Ballet School and then at LAMDA leading her to a successful career in the West End performing in musicals such as West Side Story, Crazy For You, Martin Guerre, A Secret Garden, The Mousetrap and Goodnight Mr. Tom, as well as in plays with The Royal Shakespeare Company. Emma is now a dance film-maker who is passionate about innovative storytelling and has produced several films for The Royal Ballet School under Flett Films, utilising her eye for movement and creative communication. An accomplished teacher working in several professional establishments, Emma is also an active part of her home church in Richmond. With ample experience running dance classes as part of church outreach, she knows firsthand what an important part creative offerings can play within the church's ministry to the community around it. Having known Ruth for years and seen Psalms & Stretches develop, Emma felt called to use her skills and experience to further the vision. Knowing just how powerful movement can be, Emma is committed to helping mobilise Psalms & Stretches and to make it available to others.