Born Romana Kryzanowska on June 30, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan.
Trained with George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet where she suffered an ankle injury. She was referred to Joseph Pilates for rehabilitation.
Married Peruvian businessman, Pablo Mejia, and moved to Peru. She had two children while living there, Paul and Sari. She continued to teach Pilates at her home.
Moved back to New York as a single parent. She worked with Joe and Clara at the 939 Studio, taught at Carola Trier's studio, and taught ballet.
Took on the task of running the Pilates studio after Joseph Pilates died.
Ran the studio after a partnership between the 939 Studio and 20 investors, including Jon Steel, purchased the assets of the studio from Clara Pilates.
Moved the studio from 939 Eighth Avenue to 29 West 56th Street in New York.
Changed the name of the 939 Studio to Pilates Studio, Incorporated. Romana became a 50% shareholder of the Pilates Studio, Inc.. The limited partners of the 939 Studio owned the remaining shares.
Began to teach at the State University of New York at Purchase. She also began training people to teach Pilates.
Helped two of her students, Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen, with their book, The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning.
Continued to train students to teach Pilates as the Pilates Studio, Inc.'s assets were sold to Aris Isotoner Gloves, Inc.. Lari Stanton, who was their CEO and a student of Romana's wanted to see the studio survive despite its financial difficulties.
Transferred assets from Aris Isotoner, Inc. to Healite, Inc which was owned and operated by Wee-Tai Hom who was a student of Romana. He moved the studio to a new location, 160 East 56th Street in New York.
Incorporated a new Pilates Studio, Inc. where Romana and Hom implemented a formalized teacher-training program. They issued certificates to instructors who had completed their program.
Closed the studio on 56th Street due to Healite, Inc.'s financial difficulties. She began to teach at The Gym owned by Dragutin Mehandzic, "Drago." She also met Sean Gallagher this year.
Trained instructors at Synergy Exercises Systems which was formed by Sean Gallagher and Steve Giordano.
Continued to work with Sean when he incorporated Pilates, Inc.
Formalized a teacher certification program with Sean Gallagher.
Pilates Trademark Lawsuit began.
Co-authored a book, The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning.
Pilates Trademark Lawsuit ended. She co-authored the book, Joseph H. Pilates Archive Collection: The Photographs, Writings and Designs and was featured in the video, Authentic Pilates: Complete Mat Workout.
Ended business relationship with Sean Gallagher. She formed her own teacher certification program with her daughter Sari and granddaughter Daria. She was also featured in the video, Romana's Pilates (Introduction to Pilates Mat/ Power House Mat Work/ Optimum Weight/ Ultimate Challenge Mat Workout.)
Retired from teaching Pilates.
Featured in the Pilates video, Romana on Pilates: The Legacy Edition.
Died on August 30, 2013 at the age of 90.
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