Romana's International Workshop - Cynthia Shipley at Pilates Body Shaping

Cynthia Shipley

Romana's International Workshop - Cynthia Shipley


  • Private Lessons: Friday August 11th (limited availability)
  • Workshop: Anchoring & Isolating Saturday: August 12th 10:30am -1pm
    **topics TBD and subject to change
    **workshops are open only to RPI Instructors and apprentices
  • Community Mat Class: Saturday, August12th 9am-10am. Cost is $30. Open to RPI Community. Space limited. (Bring your own mat)

Location: 1940 E 8th St Charlotte, NC 28204

Website: Pilates Body Shaping Website

Phone: 704-965-2252


Cynthia was taught by the very best – Joseph Pilates’ protege Romana Kryzanowska and Romana’s daughter, Sari Mejia Santos. Cynthia has achieved the title of Level 2 Master Teacher Trainer through her talent and dedication to the method. Cynthia has over 30 years of teaching experience in dance and Pilates. She is responsible for introducing, training, and mentoring apprentices throughout the Pilates certification process and teaches both nationally and internationally. Cynthia has helped launch innumerable teaching careers and continues to
improve the lives of her clients, through the method, every day. Her mission is to strengthen and grow the Romana’s Pilates community, to offer a welcoming space for all involved and to present the Pilates method as it was taught to her. Cynthia’s studio is located in NYC.


Pilates Body Shaping opened in Charlotte, NC in September, 2001.  It is set in the heart of the Elizabeth Neighborhood near uptown Charlotte.  Owner/Director, Laney Abernethy was certified a year prior by Romana Kryzanowska.  In addition to her studies with Romana, Laney has studied with Sari Mejia-Santo, Juanita Lopez, Cynthia Lochard, Marjorie Oron, and many other widely respected teachers in the Classical Pilates world.  When the Romana’s Pilates Teacher Training program was first established, Laney was hand-picked by Romana to open the training certification center in North Carolina.

Over 22 years later, the studio has been fortunate enough to host numerous workshops, seminars, and continuing education for Romana’s Pilates. Pilates Body Shaping is the preferred studio in Charlotte to train Olympic swimmers, professional athletes and dancers, in addition to maintaining a clientele of dedicated, long-standing students.  To this day, Pilates Body Shaping is the only Teacher Trainer Center in North Carolina.