Romana's Legacy

Romana Kryzanowska, June 30, 1923 - August 30, 2013

Adrienne’s mentor and teacher Romana Kryzanowska passed away at the age of ninety. As a young dancer with George Balanchine, Romana met Joseph Pilates, the man who was to change her life, when she was sent to him for an ankle injury. Thus began the relationship that lasted a lifetime first as his protégée, then as instructor and finally as Master teacher and keeper of the true classic Pilates Method. Romana and her daughter Sari Mejia were Adrienne’s first teachers who in time also became dear friends.

I feel so fortunate to have been taught personally by Romana and to have benefited from her 60+ years of teaching experience. I will always remember her humor, love of life, and passion for her work. Romana Kryzanowska was a great lady who gave her heart and soul to her many students.