Roni Mahleris a former ballerina who was trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda. Ms. Mahler performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career in her teens with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. For over three decades, Roni was the Artistic Associate of Dennis Nahat’s Ballet San Jose in California, where she taught, coached and performed “character” roles with that internationally-acclaimed ballet troupe. A native of New York City, Ms. Mahler’s teaching credits include The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Academy East, Ballet San Jose School, Ballet Tech, The Joffrey School and the Julliard School. Roni is a former tenured assistant professor and director of Dance at Kansas State University, where she initiated the KSU dance degree program. Kansas State has since honored her with the Roni Mahler Ballet Studio and (for fifteen years) presented an annual award in her name. Roni choreographed for Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones during their City Center season in New York, and created “Ballet Movement for the Athlete” (a fitness program she customized for the Cleveland Browns). A certified Pilates instructor, Roni is the author of numerous ballet class CDs, three ballet instruction DVDs and a stretching DVD for flexibility and range of motion. Her 6-DVD, “The Complete Guide to Teaching Ballet” enables dance teachers to explore training methods for all ages. Each year Ms. Mahler is invited by the prestigious Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico, to return as a specialty presenter for its Ballet Week.