Marelize is originally from South Africa and has lived for several years in the Netherlands. Currently part of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, she also studied graphic design. She has always been heavily involved in classical ballet and has an Advanced Diploma in ballet. Marelize began studying Pilates at the STOTT PILATES® training center in Cape Town and is now an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. She opened her own Pilates studio in Cape Town and now has a studio in Haren.