Can you try allergy. You may that the mind and the body work together and that your mind will never be okay if your body is not awesome, and if you feel, and I experience it, I say bury down meant I'd be odd. Have such moments, I think, but I do. You don't have to be neurologic desire, but everybody has moments that I'm not good and you do your exercise and you really concentrate on gps and you feed you. [inaudible].
And to see this, this little woman who talks about, who talked often about being in the French and Terman caps as she told stories of doing contortionists on the rollerblades to entertain Nazis, and that's how she stayed alive. Well, somebody that has that kind of survival instinct, somebody to be admired
She spent 10 years with the [inaudible] working consistently in the studio, both as a client and as a teacher. And at the same time she studied with Dr. Jordan. He really took a liking to her. He sent his dance patients to her. He conferred with her about their exercise programs. He invited her to observe their surgeries and come to [inaudible]
I was gorilla was fanatic about cleaning. I mean it looked beautiful curl. His place was immaculate. Um, you know, not a piece of [inaudible] just anywhere. I mean it was very impressed that you could eat off the floor. The windows sparkled all the time. She always had fresh flowers on the desk.
There was classical music and background.
They are angry with the apparatus that I agree with the world. [inaudible] the most poverty too. Right. And that slowly, if you see all this, see it's packed a day. Yeah. You talk to them, you make them feel good and then they do the exercise and enjoy them and they could go out and say, thank you. [inaudible]
And everyone just made their first appointment in September and came back. Can you imagine today closing down for an entire month and having your clients come back? [inaudible]
Only it was this, you know, this was it. So she ran it very, very high class.
Our beginning was the least of the whole relationship. Corolla. We get progressively more agitated if there was too much discussion in the studio. She didn't like a lot of where she would say too much, talk, too much talk Corolla. Never liked to answer questions from the client. And here was a client who was asking a million questions. She never yelled at me. She, she adored me and I was kind of a little her favorite little girl.
She sometimes that a habit of not treating her, her clients or her other assistants very well. And that bothered me. You could hear her across the room when she was, hey cre, you knew the whole studio knew and we would all kind of freeze. There were several people that
I confronting her in a big way and then it was wonderful.
Karola did not talk about Joe and Clara very much when I was there. She had so much press of her own. She had done a whole series of articles for dance magazine. She worked with um, two different orthopedic doctors. She asked me to model for some of her, uh, for some articles that were being done about her, but she never compromised the [inaudible] philosophy or exercises as she had learned them from Jo and Clara when she varied from them, she told the teachers very specifically what changes she made.
Corolla raised the idea of what [inaudible] had as a gym. She made it classy and she brought it up to a studio of Salon. It, she really raised the bar on exercises. We were interservice it. Carola's Corolla charged more than Joe did and I think she probably charged warrant then Kathy as well.
Although she had a dancer rate always it was a discount. But uh, we were fetching and carrying long spinal straps, short spinal straps, changing gears, changing springs. People did not have to memorize their routines at gorillas. All of the teachers shared responsibility for the running of the studio. So you didn't just teach, you had to count the towels you had to clean before the cleaner came just in case he missed something. You had to do the books, write out bills. Uh, we really learned every facet of the business and I guess that's why we all handily opened our own studios. Her sprayings, she changed her springs. I don't remember how often they were. There was a lot of traffic, so she was always, she taught us how to check them to see if they were worn out and we would run our fingers through the, the, the actual cook to make sure there was no wear and tear.
And if it was at all worn, springs were thrown away. But she would throw her springs away anyway, just as a matter of course, every few months. And the teachers would all go in the trash and take them out and take them home and attach them to the door and use them because they weren't necessarily worn out. But she had very high standards and she didn't want anything to look cheap or used or skimpy. She was a fabulous businesswoman. I set up my business exactly as she set up hers.
She had a business in the 1950s when most women wear 'em Ozzie and Harriet housewife type. And her husband was an accountant and he kind of helped her set up everything. But she had her whole, her whole bookkeeping system and everything was just so, well, she had these specially printed to her specifications as to how she would like to breed, you know, have the clients, um, balancing what they owed, et cetera along the way. I remember her telling me they start new next time. It's not that it's their last lesson and that whole, she just
Um, I was very upset with Carola's behavior about something. I can't remember what the thing was and I decided I wanted to do this somewhere else. So I went to a couple of other studios, um, and I looked at how they were run and how they worked and I sort of sat there and I thought, okay, um, I'm sticking with Corolla even though she was difficult at times. It was excellent. It was quality. Corolla published this children's book in 1982, uh, with the help of one of her clients, Elizabeth Shupe, who worked for Greenwell oh books. And at the time I thought that it was a lovely little children's book.
Corolla gave me a copy, I put it away and when I took it out 15 or 20 years later and read it, I realized that this is the nugget of the purpose of Pele's exercise and it's as good for adults as it is for children. The introduction says, you play ball, jump, run, go to gym, ride your bicycle, you go to dance in class. Why should you exercise as well? The answer is to do all these things better. Corolla ran her studio until approximately 1986 when she retired and moved into a smaller apartment in the same building and she passed away in October of 2000.
So then she decided after that success that she was going to write her memoirs and she started doing that and I would come in and she would be a wreck in the morning. She was reliving a lot of her, uh, time in Europe during the Nazis in World War Two. And, um, building up to World War II and losing friends and family and she could not talk about it. And she dropped the project. She couldn't, she couldn't do it. I wanted to work for Corolla, which is really what I wanted. I wanted to stay there forever. And I told her how much I loved her. And then it was only a couple of weeks after that that she went into the hospital. And um, she has, if she knew she had a heart condition and she told me that she thought of me as a daughter, you know, she's always of me that way
And that place is where we have to live. The more you advance in your technique, the more you have to return to that place and go over the basics. It's not necessary to do a half an hour of super advanced exercises. As an advanced practitioner. You have to do a simple exercise beautifully.
I think of her almost every day, and she reassures me of the validity of the work and challenges me to be the best that I can be.