The Classical Syllabus with MeJo Wiggin at Whitney Johnson Pilates (Michigan)

Classical Syllabus at Whitney Johnson

Dates & Pricing

Part I: June 20-23, 2024
The Beginner System Intermediate System Part I

Thursday, June 20th: 1:30pm - 7:30pm
Friday, June 21st: 1:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, June 22nd: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Sunday, June 23rd: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Registration Opens 2/14 @ 8am

Through 3/12/2024 - $1600
After 3/13/2024 - $1700

Part II: October 3-6, 2024
Intermediate System Part II

The Advanced System*

Thursday, Oct. 3rd: 1:30pm - 7:30pm
Friday, Oct. 4th: 1:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 5th: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Sunday, Oct 6th: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Registration Opens 6/17
Through 7/2/2024 - $1600

After 7/3/2024 - $1700

*approval required


All participants are required to send a copy of their Comprehensive Pilates Certification to Whitney before signing up. Participation in the Advanced System Workshop requires approval based on readiness for the Advanced work (can be assessed during PART I workshops).

PMA Certificate will not be accepted as proof of Comprehensive Pilates Certification.

Seminars can be taken individually. If you have already completed The Classical Syllabus you are eligible for a discount! Contact Whitney directly for these pricing options.

Location: 208 S. Fourth Ave., Fl 2, Ann Arbor, MI

The Seminars

The program consists of four seminars that can be taken individually or in full:

  1. The Beginner System

  2. Intermediate System Part I

  3. Intermediate System Part II

  4. The Advanced System*

Each seminar is 11 hours, over the course of two days.  Since The Classical Syllabus® is not a certification program, apprentice hours are not required. A Certificate of Completion will be given to those completing all four seminars. Since The Classical Syllabus® is limited to a small group of Certified Instructors, you will be able to discuss your most challenging students, and learn new effective techniques to work with them.

*The Advanced System requires approval for participation. 



  • Review the details of specific exercises giving you a better understanding of their goals and progressions

  • Explain the reasons why we would modify or vary an exercise for an individual

  • Teach you how to assess an individual’s body; spotting their strengths, weaknesses, misalignments, and imbalances; and how to correct it

  • Review basic principles of movement and teaching, that Joe intended for his Method

  • Teach you effective spotting and cueing, unique to the Classical Method that can be tailored to individuals needs

  • Teach you how to select specific exercises, and create a system that will most benefit your student

  • Review the distinct Gratz® apparatus a explain why it is such an integral part of the Classical Pilates Method.




Classical Pilates is more than a repertoire of exercises.  It is a unique exercise system that combines the mind and body under the guidance of a teacher who has knowledge, skill, and intuition in order to bring one’s body into better balance. The best Pilates instructors not only have these qualities, but they teach organically with a discerning eye; their hands for proper spotting and placement; and succinct verbal cueing to teach a system that is tailored to individual needs.

With over twenty five years of experience, MeJo has created The Classical Syllabus® seminar series, for instructors looking to go beyond their certification.  It is for teachers who have already completed a Comprehensive Training Program, yet looking for a deeper understanding of the Classical Method, and how to apply it to real people.

Its purpose is to enhance and sharpen teaching skills by clarifying the exercises and methodology of teaching it; to learn how to assess a student’s body by spotting their imbalances, strengths and weaknesses; and most important to learn how to apply the Method by creating an individualized system that will most benefit any individual’s body.

Teaching at her own studio and overseeing up to 400 private lessons a week, (with Romana as her personal mentor) MeJo gained experience in applying the Method to various populations, including:  professional athletes, those suffering with chronic back pain, amputees, Parkinson’s disease, knee injuries, scoliosis, and many other ailments.

In this unique series, MeJo will share her years of study with several first generation instructors including Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santos, Kathy Grant, Edwina Fontaine, and Jay Grimes.  She will provide valuable training from her years of study with Romana, her personal experience teaching the Method to various populations, and her experience as a Teacher Trainer in Romana’s Pilates Instructor Training Program.