D.K. Body Balance Method through the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Pilates Certification


Fall 2019 Pilates Mat Certification  

September 6, 7, & 8.


Call the studio to reserve your spot. (913)469.0001

Dolly Kelepecz

About the Founder

Dolly Kelepecz has been a professional dancer for over thirty years. She danced with Los Angeles Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, Zurich Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Circus Knie and was the lead singer and dancer at the famed Lido Show at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Dolly also founded her own dance company the Opus Dance Ensemble. She is currently a full time faculty member with the U.N.L.V. Dance Department where she teaches both Ballet and Pilates. The U.N.L.V. Dance Department has included Dolly's Pilates classes as part of the curriculum required for dance majors to graduate.  Her Pilates program is also offered as a minor and certificate program. Dolly  In 2008 she was recognized as the Part-Time Instructor of the Year. 

Dolly is a certified Pilates instructor and owner of Pilates By Dolly Studios. She received her Pilates certification in 1987 from Eve Gentry and Elizabeth Larkin in San Francisco, California. After returning from San Francisco Dolly introduced Pilates to the city of Las Vegas, opening up Las Vegas' FIRST Pilates studio. In 1997, she trademarked her own method of instruction called the D.K. Body Balancing Method.

Dolly has traveled throughout the world certifying others in the D.K. Body Balancing Method. Her instructors are successfully working in her own studios and also studios located in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Israel, and Spain and throughout the entire United States.

Now 25 years later, she has expanded her business to Japan, Korea, and Mexico and has multiple studios locally, throughout the U.S. and Internationally. She has worked with celebrities, professional athletes, dancers and personal clients. She also developed an At Risk Youth Program with Nevada Dance Theater to inspire at risk children. 

Dolly has published Pilates books in Japanese and Korean and also has her own line of Video/DVD's. She has hosted Pilates fitness programs, airing five days a week on her own television show called Healthy Lifestyles, to promote health and wellness.

Her education also includes Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Alexander & Feldenkrais techniques. Dolly was certified in the GYROTONIC® Method in 2000 and uses that as well as the Art Forms System in her studios in Las Vegas.

In addition to her Pilates By Dolly studios, Dolly has established studios for many facilities, including hospitals, physical therapy clinics and chiropractic offices. She has also developed programs for the Houston Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theater, Wynn Resorts and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Pilates Certification

The D. K. Body Balancing Training Programs include training on the history of Joseph Pilates, anatomy, Kinesiology, mat certification and Pilates equipment. It is an introduction to the basic theory and technique developed by Joseph Pilates and is also an introduction to the Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques.

The effectiveness of the D. K. Body Balancing Method has been recognized by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been acknowledged as part of the University's curriculum. The instructor training programs have been approved by the Nevada and Arizona State Boards of Physical Therapists for 1.5 units of continuing education and are offered in Las Vegas several times per year, as well as in various international locations. The programs are designed to meet the needs of the international fitness industry.

Mat Pilates Certification Level I & II

The mat training courses focuses on the history of Pilate's theory and technique through mat work.  The Mat courses can be taken on its own or in addition to the studio course portion of the training, which includes training in Pilates exercises with Pilates equipment, such as the Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Reformer.

Equipment Training 

The equipment training program focuses on the use of the various Pilates equipment, such as the Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair.  The equipment course can be taken on its own or in addition to the mat portion of the training or can be broken up to focus on only specific pieces in private sessions, if desired.

Pilates Mat and Equipment Training I & II

The mat and equipment training program is an all inclusive course that focuses on theory and technique through mat work utilizing various props and exercise on the various pieces of Pilates equipment. 

Instructor Bridge Program

This program is designed to review and recognize existing training of students who wish to further their education and knowledge.  Each student that applies and is accepted into our bridge program will be evaluated and offered a course of study.