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Romanas Pilates

Romana Kryzanowska (1923-2013) was born in Michigan, and was the world-renowned protégé of Joseph Pilates who also carried on Joseph’s legacy after his death. 

In 1940, while studying at The American School of Ballet, Romana suffered an ankle injury and was brought to Joseph Pilates to see if exercise rather than an operation would resolve the problem. The exercises were a success, and she continued to study with Pilates. Her natural talent for movement and quick absorption of Joe’s teachings lead her to become a star student and a helper at the studio. "Before I knew it", Romana said, "I was named a helper, which meant I didn’t have to pay anymore."
Over the years, Romana became like family to Joseph (who she called Uncle Joe) and Clara. After Joe and Clara both passed away, Romana carried on running the original 8th Avenue studio, keeping the promise she had made to continue and promote the Pilates method.
Eventually, she went on to found her own certification process called Romana's Pilates, which undertakes strong efforts to prepare the highest quality instructors, to teach Pilates the way Joe intended.
She travelled the world, teaching, training, and inspiring the next generation of instructors, even in her eighties. She led a long, extraordinary life learning, teaching, and preserving Joe’s method. Romana taught Pilates for nearly six decades, before her death in 2013. 
Her daughter, Sari Mejia Santo, and grandaughter, Daria Pace, have taken over the operations of Romana’s Pilates and continue with Romana’s promise to Joe and Clara.