My Mama Said

Lisa Minett started dancing when she was just six years old in Williamstown.

Her continued passion for artistic expression meant that she took up a college scholarship to the University of Florida to study acting. After university she continued to work in the performing arts and later arts education, becoming Head of Movement and Dance at NIDA in Sydney.

She moved back to Melbourne’s west in 2013 to be near her family and discovered that there wasn’t anywhere that specialised in the sort of movement classes that she was used to teaching.

So when the upstairs studio spaces of MAPA Dance School became available, she decided to open My Mama Said in 2015. 

My Mama Said is a fitness studio that specialises in barre, yoga and pilates, with more than fifty classes per week on offer. Lisa is adamant that My Mama Said is not about focusing on weight loss or physical appearance but to help people to have a better relationship and connection with their bodies. It’s a place you come to feel better.

“People often think that My Mama Said only caters for women or that we only run prenatal and postnatal classes,” smiles Lisa. “But in fact, my inspiration for the name was the Lenny Kravitz song ‘I’m Always On the Run’. I just had this vision of a sassy kid putting their hand on their hips and responding to another child with the sentence ‘Well, my mama said…’ and standing their ground.”

“I want everyone to love the skin they’re in. Be yourself, because everyone else is taken!”

Lisa’s bold personality are reflected in all aspects of My Mama Said. The logo is bright, the spaces are vividly coloured and the music is turned up loud. Clients love the energy of the studio and that the classes are taught by experienced teachers who treat their work as a vocation.

Clients include professional contemporary dancers, performers who have trained with the Australian Ballet and even newsreaders.

“We encourage all students to find who they are through movement,” says Lisa. “I’m all about undoing habits that stop you from moving forward, to always challenge your body and mind and to identify weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”

Lisa’s goal at My Mama Said is to enable people to use movement to express their individuality and to connect with the creative nature inside everyone. To that end, she’s hoping to open more sites in the west and to start a teacher training program as a Registered Training Organisation branded ‘Barre Instructors Australia’.

“I want everyone to love the skin they’re in. Be yourself, because everyone else is taken!”

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