Rhonda’s successful career as a profession ballroom dancer took her to national competitions for over 25 years and she was Introduced to Pilates as an avenue to strengthen and enhance her performance in the Latin Division of ballroom dancing. Rhonda did one of her first lessons in 1993 with Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates protege and founder of Romana’s Pliates™ which inspired her to study pilates more in depth.
Rhonda’s outstanding desire to train other teachers and to perpetuate the legacy of such a powerful process lead her to open The PIlates Connection™ in Evanston Illinois in 2005 where she operates the only official Romana’s PIlates™ Training Program the Chicagoland area.
In her private work with Romana’s Pilates™ Rhonda was elevated to level 3 status which enabled and inspired her share the knowledge and legacy of Joseph Pilates as handed down to her by Romana herself and Romana’s handpicked instructor Juanita Lopez.
Rhonda as a level 3 Instructor prepares all apprentice teachers for testing by Juanita Lopez for their final certification at her Evanston Pilates Connection™ location. For certification in Romana’s Pilates™ teaching method.
Romana Kryzanowska was Joseph Pilates’s protege, she apprenticed with him and taught along side him in his studio until his death in 1963. Romana then continued to teach along side his wife Clara and founded Romana’s Pilates™ to continue teaching Joseph’s method of contrology which emphasizes strength, stretch and control.
Juanita Lopez, personally chosen and trained by Romana since the late 1980s to certify instructors in Romana’s Pilates™ works 2 days a week out of the Pilates Connection™Studio in between her international appointments and engagements. She certifies instructors as well as works personally with Rhonda for quality assurance and to ensure the legacy and professionalism of Romana and Joseph lives on.
Juanita is one of only 3 in the world, Level 1 instructors for Romana’s Pilates ™