Palermo Pilates Symposium

Location of the event:  Mondello Beach, Palermo | email for info and reservations: |

The event will see the participation of the following presenters:



Sonje Mayo, a physical therapist, dancer, choreographer and Pilates instructor, is one of the few people still alive today who was TAUGHT DIRECTLY BY JOSEPH PILATES!

A professional dancer in NYC in 1965, studying contemporary dance at the Graham School, she was encouraged to go to Joe Pilates, where the priviledge of briefly training with Joe changed her life! She realized that “Contrology” was a means to make her a better, stronger dancer.

Returning to South Africa in 1971, Sonje implemented “Contrology” to train the wealth of raw black talent. In 1976, she formed the first multi-racial dance company, JAZZART, at the height of “Apartheid”. She has her studio PILATES ATELIER in Nashville, Tennessee, and travels the world presenting international workshops. She is known for her rehabilitative expertise as a Pilates instructor.



Gloria Gasperi – www.pilatesemotion.comFor Gloria, Pilates is the perfect union between two of her biggest passions: movement and education, which lead her to compete in various sports at the competitive level and earn her degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Education. She began her training in Holland and then the U.S. in Boston, where she completed her Comprehensive Certification with Clare Dunphy (a student of Romana Kryzanowska) at Pilates Progressive Bodyworks of Boston. After her certification, Gloria continued studying with both Clare and Pamela Garcia of Pure Pilates in Boston.

In 2012, she began her collaboration with Vintage Pilates in Los Angeles, owned by Sandy Shimoda and directed by Jay Grimes, direct student of Joseph and Clara Pilates. She completed the master program “The Work” in 2013 and was honored to be chosen by Jay in 2015, along with 11 other worldwide colleagues, for the program “Teaching the Work”, a one-and-a-half year Master Program during which, under Jay’s direct guidance, she was able to refine her teaching skills.

Respect for the original work, the importance of using movement as an instrument to heal and educate, developing one’s instinct and intution, and finding one’s own unique and personal voice in transmitting the Method are some of Jay Grimes’ teachings that really struck Gloria and which she continues to develop every day.

In 2013, Gloria founded her teacher training school Pilates E-motion with the goal of empowering students through knowledge of the Method and the System while increasing their awareness and mastery of their own skills and passions. Passion, integrity, dedication, and the joy of sharing and helping people achieve optimal wellness are the characteristics of her teaching and the daily motivation that allows her to feel and spread the magic of Pilates.



Alisa Wyatt with husband, Jack. Founders of Pilatesology.comAlisa has been teaching Pilates since 1999, when she left her high-powered publishing job to spread her passion for Pilates. Realizing there was a need to preserve Joseph Pilates’ original style of teaching, she and her husband Jack created , the only website offering video instruction solely dedicated to classical Pilates. Alisa was trained by Pilates protégé Romana Kryzanowska, and has studied extensively with First Generation teachers Jay Grimes and Kathy Grant. A featured expert for publications such as New York Magazine, Departures, Shape, Glamour, Self, Family Circle and Pilates Style, Alisa’s style brings focused, long-lasting results for clients who range from Olympic athletes to real people who want to look and perform at their absolute best.



Mariano Dolagaray teaches Pilates as an art form – not only for the body, but as a means to reach our true potential as human beings.

Watching Mariano’s personal Pilates practice and his energetic teaching style, his goal of leading us to reach our full potential is very clear and a palpable objective which becomes possible to obtain! His clients see immediate improvement in their teaching and understanding of the authentic Pilates method.

He has over 15 years of professional experience and is the only teach in the U.S. with certifications from both The Pilate Studio Brazil (Master teachers Romana Kryzanowska and Inelia Garcia) and Romana’s Pilates New York (Master teacher Sari Mejia Santo).

This will be his FIRST TIME teaching in EUROPE & ITALY!! Benvenuto Mariano!


Born in Münich, Jean-Claude began studying classical and modern ballet at age 7 at the Academy of Music. After receiving his state diploma, he was immediately hired by the Bavarian State Ballet and soon moved abroad to dance as a soloist with the London City Ballet, the Ballet of Monte Carlo and the Ballet of the Opera of Lyon.

After intense international touring, he suffered a serious knee injury which interrupted his dancing career but let him to study Authentic Pilates. He began at The Hague with Marjorie Oron and studied with Romana Kryzanowska, Sarie Mejia Santo and many others. He received his diploma in 2005 from Romana herself (True Pilates New York, Romana’s Pilates).


For information about the program and to register for the event, you can consult this link.