Dorothy Thomas, Owner
Dorothy Thomas has been a recognized Pilates teacher in Texas since 1993. She established Personal Pilates Plus in 1998, serving Clientele in areas including Highland Park, Preston Hollow and North Dallas. She was privileged to study with “First Generation” Pilates teachers including Romana Kryzanowska (Joseph Pilates’ Protégée). Miss Kryzanowska conducted a personal, practical exam in Dallas in 1996 and Dorothy was one of only three instructors to be passed for Classical Certiﬁcation during that exam.
Her history as an Instructor began at a young age when she started teaching Dance in 1972. She continued on with her formal Dance Career and Education as a Theater Arts Major at San Jose State University until at age 19, diagnosed with scoliosis, she left the Dance industry as an altenative to major spinal surgery. Thus began her career in the ﬁtness industry.
In 1992, she relocated to Dallas, where she began training in the Pilates Method. She has studied with Master Pilates Teacher Nationwide, including Romana Kryzanowska, Kathy Grant, Mejo Wiggin and Ron Fletcher, and conducted advanced teacher training workshops for local and national studios and the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research. She is Certiﬁed through the Pilates Institute (1995), the American Council on Exercise (ACE 1991), Power Pilates(2017) and is a Traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner (2007).
Dorothy launched the Pilates Mat program for the Cooper Fitness Center in the 1990′s, expanding the program from one class per week to eight classes per week. The program ﬂourished and she was the lead instructor for several years until she established her company, Personal Pilates Plus. Dorothy also has a Yoga practice, loving the personal beneﬁts of Yoga as well as its complementary role with Pilates. She has taken Teacher Training Courses with Shiva Rea, Anusara Yoga and YogaFit Levels 1 and 2.
The successful practice of Pilates will enable you to experience the Joy of Movement in whatever form that takes for you! Dorothy’s Clients enjoy her ability to tailor the Pilates Work to speciﬁc goals, needs, injuries, ﬁtness levels and individual style, making the Pilates Work enjoyable, accessible, effective and fun!