Romana Kryzanowska (June 30, 1923 - August 30, 2013) was a student of Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara at their studio on Eighth Avenue in New York. After the death of Joseph Pilates in 1968, Clara Pilates continued the studio for a few more years, and in 1970 Romana became the director of what was by that time called The Pilates Studio
Romana was a dancer at the School of American Ballet when an ankle injury led her to Joseph Pilates’ studio. She trained with Joe and Clara Pilates till she got married to Pablo Mejia and moved to Peru. She had two children while in Peru, Paul and Sari, and then moved back to New York in 1958.
Romana ran The Pilates Studio until the early 1980s when there were a number of changes of ownership. Romana continued to teach at the studio, even as it changed ownership, names, and locations. Eventually, she went on to found Romana's Pilates. She taught Pilates and trained instructors into her eighties.
Romana's Timeline will give you a more detailed look at her life.