Pilates Certified Instructors

Vlada Sheber, Pilates Program Director

Originally from the Ukraine, Vlada Sheber received her training in classical ballet from the State Classical Ballet College of Russia (Voronezh.) Vlada performed as a soloist in the Donetsk Ballet Theatre before immigrating to the United States. She was a company member with Ballet Austin from 1992-2003.

In 2002, Vlada received her diploma as a Certified Core Connections® Pilates Instructor from the Core Connections® Comprehensive Teacher Training Program at the Pilates Center of Austin. There she studied under Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle.

In 2007 Vlada was named Program Director for Ballet Austin’s Pilates Center, participating in both the original design of the Center and expansion in 2015.

In 2009, she attended a training under Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle and Michele Larsson providing insight and approaches into working with older clients. In 2010 Vlada attended the Pink Pilates Program training in Houston, Texas and became a certified Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist. Having worked with breast cancer survivors continuously since 2010, she further developed a specialized rehabilitative workout for breast cancer survivors to include humor and compassion; Ballet Austin’s Pink Pilates.

Vlada also has trained extensively in a physical therapy clinic under Allison Bennett (Women’s Health specialist) which expanded her knowledge of anatomy and Pilates rehabilitation. She has developed Pilates workouts specifically for osteoporosis, scoliosis, and chronic back pain.

In 2005 she was acknowledged as a "Pre-eminent Purveyor of Pilates" by Austin Monthly Magazine. In recognition of Ballet Austin's commitment to excellence, Ballet Austin’s Pilates Center has been chosen as “Best Pilates Studio in Austin” by Rare Magazine and Austin Fit Magazine. Vlada's knowledge and approach to her practice of Pilates make her a highly requested master Pilates instructor.

Marisa Cappelli

Originally from San Antonio, Marisa began dancing competitively starting at the age of 7. She was accepted into the nationally ranked performing arts high school, Northeast School of the Arts where she had the privilege to participate in master dance classes, seminars with professional artists and various performance opportunities. Marisa continued her passion for dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she received her BFA in 2007 with an emphasis in choreography and dance performance.

Inspired by the strength, flexibility and the mindfulness that Pilates provided throughout her years of dance, Marisa became a certified Pilates instructor through DK Body Balancing under Dolly Kelepecz at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. Wanting to explore her love of dance and fitness further, Marisa relocated to New York where she spent the past 8 years teaching Pilates for the luxury fitness brand, Equinox.

Now back in Texas, Marisa looks forward to being a part of Ballet Austin Pilates Center and is passionate about caring for clients and getting them the best result.

Tyler Guthrie

Tyler has had a passion for fitness and nutrition all her life. Her involvement in athletics and interest in clean eating habits led her to pursue a Personal Training certification through ACE. After graduating from SMU with a degree in Journalism, Tyler moved to Austin and began her career in fitness, teaching boot camps, spinning classes, and creating customized programs to help clients reach their goals.

Tyler began her advancement in Pilates training through PEAK Pilates in 2009 while continuing her personal training pursuits. She is an education enthusiast who loves learning about the body and what techniques help each client find their ideal level of fitness and performance. Tyler has an understanding and compassionate approach to fitness. She enjoys challenging her clients and tailors each workout regimen carefully to ensure that she is meeting the particular needs of each client.

In 2013, Tyler took a leap to follow her passion of health and attended The Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute in New York. There she gained an understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition and the connection between food and wellness. This 619 hour program excelled her to start helping clients not only with fitness, but also with food and lifestyle choices. Tyler makes herself available to her clients at all times to answer questions, motivate, and help each client reach their true potential.

Brittany Harpole

Brittany was introduced to Pilates though her 15 years of classical ballet training. She studied under Vlada Sheber, director of Ballet Austin's Pilates Center. She is also certified with Peak Pilates and Power Pilates; both internationally recognized companies.

Brittany danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's scholarship program and The Richmond Ballet. Her knowledge, experience, and passion for fitness and movement help her guide clients though personalized sessions to achieve personal goals and specific fitness needs. Her group Pilates-based drop-in classes are also favorite workouts. Brittany also implemented the Mommy & Baby Fit classes at Ballet Austin, including the ever-popular Babywearing Barre Workout.

Follow Brittany on Twitter @HarpoleBrittany

Alex Miller

Alex is a modern dancer and certified Pilates instructor originally from Louisiana. She earned her BFA in Performing Arts with a concentration in dance in 2010 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She received her Pilates certification through Balanced Body University in mat work, reformer, chair, and tower. Alex has done many dance intensives, and continues to do so to keep up with her technical training. These include Tisch NYU Summer Intensive, Bates Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, Doug Varone Summer Intensive, and Doug Varone Winter Intensive. She travels annually to New York City to take various classes at Dance New Amsterdam, STEPS on Broadway, and other master classes to keep up with the ever changing dance world. Alex's modern and contemporary classes are upbeat, technical, and always locomotive; using large movement both standing and floor work.

You can find her in both the Pilates Center and the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness teaching Pilates, fitness, and dance classes all week long.

Elise Pekerak

Originally from the Chicago area, Elise began her ballet training with Judith Svalander in Crystal Lake, Illinois. In 2007 she was accepted into Ballet Austin's Trainee Program and moved to Austin to further her dance education. In 2009 Elise joined Ballet Austin II and became a Ballet Austin company member in 2011.

Elise had utilized Pilates as a part of her ballet training and as a means of injury prevention and rehabilitation, but after moving to Austin Elise found a passion for Pilates, fitness and wellness. In 2009, Elise studied with Ann Arnoult and became certified in the D.K. Body Balancing Method of Pilates mat instruction. She is also certified with Balanced Body Pilates. When not dancing, she enjoys running, kickboxing, Pilates reformer classes, and teaching swim lessons.

Elise looks forward to working with clients in the Pilates Center, and motivating people through her fitness and conditioning classes to achieve results and improve wellness through movement all while having fun.

Morgan Stillman

Morgan Stillman is originally from Fort Wayne, Ind., and joins the Ballet Austin company for the 2017/18 season after dancing two years with Nevada Ballet Theater where he was featured in a variety of classical and contemporary roles. Morgan received most of his formal training at Indiana University Ballet Theater under the guidance of Michael Vernon, Violette Verdy, Jacques Cesbron, Guo Pin Wang, Victoria Lyras, and Shawn Stevens.

Morgan is also a certified Pilates instructor, having received his training and certification at Las Vegas's Classical Pilates Comprehensive Pilates Training Program.

Ramsay Wall

Ramsay has taught many forms of movement for over 15 years. She began teaching spin classes in 2001 and then ventured into Pilates and yoga. In the last few years, Ramsay has expanded her fitness repertoire to teach dance fitness classes, fusion classes and barre. She is a registered Yoga teacher (E-RYT 200), a certified mat Pilates instructor, a certified barre instructor, a licensed Dance-Fit instructor and has a general group exercise certification through AFAA.

Her primary goal is to make her students feel at home, happy and healthy in her classes. She takes pride in doing so and loves what she does! You will enjoy her upbeat and personal teaching style.