MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Patricia Monreal began training in dance at the age of eight, dancing professionally for a Northwest Ballet Company as well as teaching and competing internationally in Ballroom dancing. Along with her dancing skills Patricia was also a State and Regional A.A.U. swimming gold medalist. In 2001, Particia studied under Julio Horvath, creator of the Gyrotonic® method in the GYROTONIC® EXPANSION SYSYTEM and Gyrokinsis® She has also trained in Gyrotonic® for golfers under P.G.A. tour instructor, David Rasmussen.
Patricia currently teaches Pilates, using the DK Body Balancing Method, the Gyrotonic® pully tower and new to Las Vegas, the specialized equipment of the Jumping Stretch Board, the Leg Extension Unit and the Archway Gyrokinesis®. She is also currently training athletes back stage of the Las Vegas Wynn’s spectacular review, "Le Reve".
Patricia believes in a holistic approach of movement for wellbeing and for four years she has headed up the Nevada chapter for National Parkinson’s Association in dance movement and exercising classes for those who are afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.
Canadian born Tamara VanVranken performed with the State Theater Muenster in Germany, Santa Barbara Ballet Theater and Nevada Dance Theater, dancing lead roles in classical and comtemporary works. She has taught ballet at UNLV, Nevada Dance Theater and Backstage Dance Studio where she is currently teaching pointe class after a 13 year hiatus.
Tamara was certified in the DK Body Balancing Method of Pilates in June of 2001 and in June of 2013 earned her Master Trainer certificate. Over the last two years of her master training,
Tamara helped develop the exercise portion of the Master Trainer Manual and shadowing Dolly during certification in Japan in October 2012.
Jessica Kroft grew up in Seville, Ohio. She moved to Las Vegas in 1996 to attend UNLV and received her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2000. Throughout her years as a UNLV student, she was a dancer with the both the UNLV ensemble and the performance and traveling company. It was at UNLV that she first discovered a fascination and love for pilates. In 2003 Jessica was certified as a pilates instructor. Since then, she has also acquired a certification in the Elvis apparatus from Geometrix. She continues to explore her love of dance as an active member of the Nevada Repertory Dance Theater and is proud to have taught at the Serene location of Pilates by Dolly for almost ten years!
Alison Marsh has been teaching Pilates since 2002. Alison earned a BA in Dance Education and a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Alison is a retired professional dancer and is now committed to using her education of people and movement to help enhance the lives of her clientele.
Clarice danced professionally for over 20 years with both Ballet West and as a principal dancer for Nevada Ballet Theatre. She is now the Ballet Mistress for Nevada Ballet Theatre and also teaches Pilates for DK Body Balancing. She was certified in the DK Body Balancing Method of Pilates in 1993 and has taught classes in physical therapy clinics, sports facilities, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Sr. Master Trainer
Kahley Schiller is owner of Pilates By Kahley in Kansas City and is a master trainer for DK Body Balancing.
Sr. Master Trainer
Ann grew up n New Orleans with a passion for the art of dance, which led to a 21-year profession as an international ballet dancer. After incurring a knee injury, Ann turned to Pilates with Dolly Kelepecz for recovery. Inspired by the impact that Pilates class not only had on her rehabilitating knee injury but her whole body, she committed herself to becoming a DK Body Balancing certified Pilates instructor. Since then, and after retiring from dance in 1998, she has continued to develop Pilates education through Polestar Pilates Education, Pilates By Dolly courses, Therapilates Osteoporosis courses and Pilates for Golf. Ann is the owner of The Pilates Studio in Austin, Texas and continues to host DK Body Balancing Method Pilates Mat and Mat and Equipment Certifications at her studio.
Sr. Master Trainer
After years of playing competitive sports including volleyball, tennis and golf, Sheri found herself suffering from chronic knee and back pain. Her Physical Therapist suggested a month of Pilates to aid in rehabilitation and prevention of future injury. The month evolved into a year and before long, she was certified to teach Pilates through the DK Body Balancing Method. Nearly a decade later, she is the proprietor of Fokus Pilates Studio in Orange County, California. Sheri still finds herself thrilled at instructing a method of movements that she feels not only enriches her life and physical well-being but yields impressive results in people of all ages and physical condition.
Patrycja (Patsy) Rodriguez
Patsy grew up in Poznan, Poland where she began studying dance at the age of six. Her formal ballet studies began at the age ten at the Polish Ballet Academy with a complex curriculum including nine years of training focusing on the Agrippina Vaganova Ballet Method as well as International Folkloric and European Historical Styles. She performed in the prestigious Grand Theater Opera of Poznan, Polish Dance Theater, as well as other notable Polish dance groups. After years of touring throughout Europe, she moved to Spain where she performed on the stages of La Scala Madrid, the Palladium Casino Mallorca and Son Amar as well as freelance work in other dance productions. Moving to the United States, Patsy joined the cast of Jubilee and shortly thereafter became a Captain and then a Principal Dancer.
Since retiring from Jubilee, she wants to use that same passion for dance and movement in teaching both Pilates and Dance. She was certified in 2013 in DK Body Balancing Method and in Ballet Pilates Body Conditioning For Dance and has been teaching at the studio of Pilates by Dolly ever since. Patsy also teaches at the Pamela Ann School of Dance where she will be implementing Ballet Pilates techniques with her young students. Her goal is to help her Pilates clients and dance students to achieve the goals of strengthening their bodies by developing a strong mind/body connection which would lead to improvements in their overall well being. She is excited to be part of the illustrious team at Pilates by Dolly!
Sayaka was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan. Sayaka started practicing Pilates in 2009 and received her Mat Pilates Certification in Japan. She then moved to Las Vegas in 2011. Since then, she's been continually expanding her knowledge and experience at Pilates by Dolly. Sayaka has obtained certifications in Equipment & Pregnancy Pilates. She also holds a certification in StretchPole from JCCA. She is happy to be surrounded by people who enjoy new challenges
Scott was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and no matter where she is, that is home. She began dancing and performing at an early age and loved classical ballet. She was able to take classes with some ballet greats like Fredrick Franklin and Alexander Minz. Scott graduated from Loyola University (N.O.) with a double major degree in Drama/Dance and Communications. She has performed in several equity shows such as Gypsy and South Pacific.
Scott moved to Las Vegas in 1984 and joined the cast of The Lido de Paris Show at The Stardust Hotel. She wanted to continue her theater but no equity theaters are in Las Vegas. Instead she performed at conventions and did print work. She appeared in several televison shows, local and national commercials. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA. Scott is married and has three beautiful young adult children that still keep her busy.
In 2010 having known and danced with Dolly, Scott decided to become certified in Pilates and took her DK Body Balancing Method. She also recently certified as an instructor in GYROTONIC®. She is certified in the pulley tower and hopes to certifiy in more equipment as well as GYROKINESIS®. She loves teaching and continues to learn in order to offer the best to her clients.
Rachel, instructor for Las Vegas Bollywood Dance, has over 15 years of experience studying various corners of the world of dance. She specializes in primarily northern Indian styles of semi-classical and folk dance. She holds an MA in South Asian Studies from the Jackson School at the University of Washington, so brings a deep knowledge of Indian culture and language to her classes as well.
Bollywood dance is fusion form of dance that is elegant and energetic in equal measures. Because the term Bollywood dance refers to any dance performed to music from the Hindi film industry, it incorporates a movement vocabulary that ranges from Indian classical dance to Indian folk dance an on to whatever experience the choreographer or dancer bring to the music.
DK Body Balancing Methods Master trainer
CEO of DK Body International Inc.
Kae was born & raised in Tokyo, Japan. She was certified by Dolly Kelepecz in 2010. She became the manager for the far east division of the company, promoting DK Methods in Japan & Asia. After her pregnancy experience, Kae & Alison created the Pregnancy Pilates Program.
She instructs at the Serene studio & travels to Japan for Pilates certification & workshops with Dolly. Kae also works on the inner unit program based on DK Methods & Pelvic Floor, which will be introduced in 2016.
Korea Branch Manager & Korean Senior Master Trainer
Soomin is from The Republic of Korea. She majored in Ballet at Korea National Sports University. Soomin met Dolly in 2006 during a joint performance between UNLV & KNSU.
After graduation, she went back to the US to obtain a certification for Pilates by Dolly and also took all the internships in Las Vegas.
Her passion for Pilates led her to UNLV agin, to become a Master Trainer in 2013. Soomin represents Tanz Pilates Studio.