Sonje Mayo at Pilates Method in Birmingham, MI in October

Sonje Mayo at Pilates Method Birmingham, MI

Sonje Mayo Spine Corrector, Mat Class, and Arm Chair Workshops

Friday - Sunday October 4th - 6th, 2019

Location: Pilates Method 966 E. Maple Birmingham MI 48009



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Open to certified Pilates instructors, apprentices and practitioners of all backgrounds. Per Workshops $210 ($200 Discount before 8/15).Non-refundable 

Mat Class only: $40 (No charge for observation of mat or private sessions to attendees) 

Friday October 4
Private sessions 2-6pm
Mat class 6-7pm
Saturday October 5
Being Creative on the Spine Corrector
Mat class 11:15-12pm
Challenge Your student on the Wunda Sthul Chair
Sunday October 6
The Value of the Baby/Arm Chair
Private sessions


About Sonjé Mayo

Sonjé Mayo was born in South Africa in 1945. After certifying as a physical therapist at the University of Cape Town, her career as a professional dancer took her to the USA in 1965 where she studied jazz dance initially with Luigi and then contemporary dance at the Martha Graham School. Ms. Graham insisted her students take class with Joseph Pilates and Sonjé followed her advice. The many Pilates sessions she had with Joseph Pilates, his wife Clara and Romana Kryzanowska proved to have a profound influence on Sonjé’s future.

During the four years she spent working as a dancer in NYC, Sonjé danced with the Alvin Ailey Company and this experience in particular inspired her to return to South Africa to pioneer modern dance in her country. On her return to South Africa in 1972, Sonjé formed the first multi-racial modern dance company in the history of South Africa, JAZZART, which is still in existence in Cape Town.

Sonje’s unique style of blending contemporary dance with African dynamics, became her trademark and led to worldwide acclaim for JAZZART. During the 70’s and 80’s Sonjé’s protest choreography brought the plight of Apartheid to audiences in and out of South Africa.

Sonjé returned to the USA in 1995 and settled in Nashville where her husband was offered a post at Vanderbilt University. In 2003 she retired from dance and returned to Pilates on a full time basis. Sonjé runs her own studio, the Pilates Atelier, in Nashville, where she has been teaching for 10 years.


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