At Bodies by Pilates the instructors come from various backgrounds in both Pilates and life. While each has her own style and approach to teaching the goal is the same: to provide professional personal care in facilitating your Pilates practice.
Paula Kalish is the founder and owner of Bodies by Pilates and has been a resident of Las Vegas for over 45 years. She is a strong believer in the benefits Pilates provides and practices faithfully.
Educating others so they too can be empowered by both mind and body through the Pilates method of body conditioning is her main goal.
Paula has been a Pilates enthusiast for over 15 years, receiving her Pilates certification in 2003 from the nationally credited Body Arts & Science. She had the unique opportunity to work with and receive certification by Rael Isacowitz the founder of Body Arts & Science.
Recognizing the benefits for expecting mothers, Paula is also certified in Pre and Post Natal Pilates instruction. She has been teaching and successfully operating Bodies by Pilates with the up most dedication to her art for over ten years.
She looks forward to the continual learning and sharing of all the benefits Pilates has to offer. Especially with spinal pathologies such as osteoporosis and lower back pain.
Joanna Crawford comes from a background of almost 20 years as a professional dancer, both back home in Britain, and here in the US, where she now lives.
She originally started as a student of pilates in Las Vegas. Recognizing the enormous benefits and versatility of pilates she took her first certification at UNLV with the DK Body Balancing Method. Since then she has continued her education certifying with Stott Pilates and AFAA.
Joanna works with clients to improve their general strength, flexibility, and overall fitness and enjoys teaching both personal clients and group sessions on the reformer, mat and other pieces of Pilates equipment.
Kiera Goetz completed the Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course from Body Arts Science International (BASI) in November 2012. She comes from an early background in gymnastics and ballet.
Before thinking about Pilates as a profession, Kiera discovered it as an ideal method of regaining the strength and flexibility that had been lost over years of sitting at a computer at work.
This helped bring her back to her original love of movement and an understanding of how Pilates, in the words of Joseph Pilates himself, can truly be a “Return to Life”.
With the shared perspective of both the elite athlete and the person suffering from the modern status quo of inactivity, Kiera is delighted to be teaching Pilates at Bodies by Pilates.
I started my career in exercise science / kinesiology in 1993 at the University of Arizona. I have always been intrigued by a healthy lifestyle, fitness and the overall mental power and strength of the human body. I received my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from UNLV in 1997.
I continued my education at Mt. St. Mary’s College becoming a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I did three intense clinical rotations including: spinal cord and brain injury, acute in- patient care and outpatient sports rehabilitation. I enjoyed sports rehab most and started working at an outpatient sports rehab clinic in Las Vegas, under renowned Physical Therapist Keith Kleven. Not only did I leave Kleven’s with an extensive background in rehabilitation and strength training, but also as a certified Pilates instructor through BASI.
I have been teaching Pilates for the last 10 years. Pilates has changed my life and many of the clients I have taught. I have worked with all types of clientele, including: young athletes, teenagers, the geriatric population and professional athletes. It is the best overall workout for all ages. I am a firm believer!
Galina Dorodnova, Geissendoerfer, originally from Moscow, Russia arrived in the fall 1996 to New York as part of the contemporary art show “Nellie Show”.
She absorbed the New York’s dance world, studied Modern, Jazz and other contemporary techniques. In New York she was first introduced to the Pilates’ technique, Yoga and Floor-Barre by Zena Rommett. In 1999 Galina was awarded a full scholarship and full-time membership with the New Dance group, a Broadway based modern and classical dance company. She also danced with the Tina Croll Company, Eric Dunlap’s Forward Theatre and participated in the NY Fringe Festival among others.
In 2000 she went back to Moscow for 2 ½ years to teach at her Alma mater the Jazz O.K. School of modern techniques and Jazz. She specialized in teaching kids and young adults, which Jazz O.K. is world renown for. She also started teaching Pilates, studied to become a certified Personal trainer trough the Swedish school Sports Lab at the Moscow Sports University and studied modern dance improvisations techniques in Amsterdam with Anouk van Dijk.
In 2002 she returned back to New York – for Love this time – concentrating on teaching Pilates and to complete the Personal Trainer certification with the International Sports and Science Association. She successfully completed a number of workshops at the Kane school of Core Integration and received her Masters Plates training at Body Tonic, a school which traces their methodology directly to Joseph Pilates. In her private practice she taught people of all ages, body types and worked with physically impaired people besides teaching at Body Tonic and Bally Total Fitness.
In 2009 She moved to Las Vegas. Here Galina was successfully working for different pilates studio’s. From 2010 she is Pilates instructor for Cirque du Soleil. working for Ka, Mystere, Zumanity.
Galina’s teaching philosophy centers around the three maxims:
1, You don’t have to be perfect, but learn to love yourself and be grateful for your own body
2, Get to know and feel your own body from the inside
3, Listen and understand the innate voice of your own body