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Lolita San Miguel

Primary Teacher Training: Lolita San Miguel Pilates

New York-born Lolita San Miguel has been practicing the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning for over 50 years. She received her first certification from Carola Trier, Joseph Pilates’s first disciple to open her first studio, then trained and apprenticed with Joseph & Clara Pilates, and is one of the only two known practitioners to have been officially certified by them and awarded degrees by the State University of New York to teach the Pilates Method. One of the four “Distinguished Elders” of the Pilates Method Alliance, she has also been certified by Polestar Pilates Education and was awarded a PMA Gold Certificate.

After a distinguished career in dance with several companies, she was a soloist with the Metropolitan Ballet for over ten years and ballet mistress for Ballet Hispanico for three years. Lolita moved with her husband to Puerto Rico in 1977, where she founded Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, now Puerto Rico’s finest ballet company – and was its Artistic and Executive Director for 28 years. Ms San Miguel also founded Pilates y Mas, Inc. in Puerto Rico in 2000 to teach, train, and certify teachers in association with Polestar Pilates Education. She retired from Ballet Concierto in 2005 to dedicate more time to teach, train, and give conferences and seminars on the Pilates Method.

Ms San Miguel's successful Pilates Master Mentor Program is held in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where she resides, as well as in New York City and is in discussion to offer the Mentor Program in Spanish in Santiago, Chile. Ms San Miguel is in great demand throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Lolita's DVD Lolita Shares Her Pilates, Mat I is a brisk seller. She has since added seven additional DVD's to the series: Reformer I, Reformer II, Lolita’s Pilates Body Walk, Pilates Mat Repertoire Workout, Cadillac, The Pilates Chair and most recently, The Pilates Arc and Barrels. Lolita can be seen as a presenter at Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour and is a mentor in the Passing the Torch program.

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