Rocky Mountain Pilates was founded with the vision of providing high-quality cross-training for dancers and athletes of all ages. In a modern culture where fantastical beauty and supernatural strength is displayed as the norm for our society on the screen, it is our goal to aim our clients focus on the real beauty and strength they hold within themselves. At Rocky Mountain Pilates we strive to provide an atmosphere that is safe and encouraging where people can train for the strength, stability, and confidence that will carry them through a long healthy life.
– Owner and Instructor
Dari Willey is the founder of Rocky Mountain Pilates. Her desire for Rocky Mountain Pilates is to help people of all ages enjoy a healthy pursuit of their physical goals. Dari has had a love of dancing from a young age and has trained and performed in this art form the majority of her life. She received an Associates Degree in Theater and Dance from Ricks College of Rexburg, ID, 1993. Living life through the lens of dance has nurtured a particular appreciation for the physical fitness, beauty, and individuality of each unique person she meets. Dari has always felt a need for connecting as a positive role model for young people. She has done this through 20 years of instructing contemporary, jazz, and ballet dance styles to all ages across three states. Her interest in promoting health led her to pursue training in massage therapy. She received her Massage Therapy Certification from The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Scottsdale, AZ, 1998. Dari enjoyed a busy career as a dance instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist until the birth of her three children, at which time she stepped away from the workforce to give them her full attention.
In 2017, Dari saw the need for high-quality cross-training for dancers and athletes of all ages. This drove her to pursue certification both as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and Pilates instructor through Physical Mind Institute. She is currently pursuing further certification through Merrithew STOTT Pilates. With her extensive experience in dance instruction coupled with her understanding of the body through massage therapy, personal training, and Pilates, Dari is uniquely equipped for this need. It is her belief that the whole person must be considered in the pursuit of their physical goals. At Rocky Mountain Pilates she will encourage clients to do exactly that.