Dorela was born and raised in the USSR, but in her late teens relocated to the US in order to pursue her dreams. She has always strived to live an active and healthy lifestyle through different types of fitness training programs including spinning and boxing; but it was after deciding to try Pilates that Dorela really found her niche. Now having practiced for over five years, Pilates has given her killer core strength, a strong sense of body awareness, and the flexibility she has always desired. Pilates also remains a positive outlet from her stressful and sometimes demanding career in the finance industry.
Dorela received her Pilates Mat and full Apparatus certification from the prestigious Kane School of Core Integration, training under founder Kelly Kane. She is excited to share her love of Pilates and is dedicated to helping her clients move their bodies in an optimal way for maximum results. Dorela's knowledge and passion shows in her class repertoire. She uses different props to challenge and keep her clients interested but also makes sure to personalize and guide students through workouts that meet their specific needs. She teaches that body awareness, breath, discipline and control are all key cornerstones to having successful and enjoyable sessions. At the end of the day, her goal is to educate people on how to improve their lives through Pilates, while helping to inspire students of all levels reach their true potential.
Heather tried Pilates over a decade ago to alleviate back pain — and she's been hooked ever since. She received her Pilates Certification from the Physical Mind Institute and has been teaching Pilates for the past 11 years helping others achieve better alignment, tone, and muscle strength.
Melissa is a native of Miami, Florida. Developing a concentration in the art of dance as a young girl; she attended the prestigious New World School of the Arts for Dance and studied with Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris, artistic directors of the Miami Youth Ballet. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of South Florida where dance masters, Michael Foley, Paula Nunez, Sandra Robinson, Jeanne Travers and Gretchen Warren closely mentored her. As an emerging choreographer, Melissa was invited by the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) to perform “Stained Glass”, an original piece that she both choreographed and danced for the National Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Melissa began her professional career as a dancer with the Charlotte Ballet from 2010 until 2015 under the direction of Paris Opera Ballet Etoiles, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and George Balanchine’s muse, Patricia McBride. Inspiring the arts community in Charlotte, NC, Melissa performed many classical roles and contemporary works by renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Sasha Janes, Jiri Kylian, Dwight Rhoden, and Twyla Tharp. She has set works on Charlotte Ballet for dancer-run performances and Appalachian Ballet Company for the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) annual gala. In 2012, Bonnefoux nominated her for the respected, Princess Grace Award. Melissa is also a Master Ballet/Modern Teacher and has a passion for Community Service. She has served in the school systems, women’s detention centers, and as an Ambassador for the US Embassy educating children about the arts in Tunisia.
In 2015, Melissa moved to New York City and danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson for their Fall 2015 Season. She is currently working with Ballet Hispanico's Education and Outreach Program as the Community Programs Manager. Melissa joined Gramercy Pilates in February of 2016 and is thrilled to be working towards her Pilates Certification in the beautiful Gramercy neighborhood in Flatiron District.