December 2015 | Netherlands
"Gratz became the manufacturer of many superior timeless instruments used in the Pilates industry
and they carry on Joe's craftsmanship with the accuracy of adherence to the authentic proportion."
Marjorie Oron, Owner of The Pilates Studio, Pilates Master Teacher
The Pilates Studio
Having accomplished her career as professional dancer in NY and rigorous training with Romana, Marjorie Oron came back to the Netherlands with prime mission, to introduce body conditioning method through the authentic pilates program to dancer community and the sport lovers. The Pilates Studio The Hague opened in 1994 (which soon became the first training centre in the BENELUX), followed by the second studio in Rotterdam in 2000. The studio is located at one of the most vibrant area, in the historical town The Hague - only a stone-throw away from the Scheveningen beach. This spacious studio with contemporary urban industrial design, wooden floors, rich of natural lights and soft tones immediately creates sense of freedom, warm and yet offers eclectic & modern feel.
We teach the pure pilates method that Joseph Pilates passed down to his trusted protege, Romana Kryzanowska. Our programs promote a balanced, strength & harmonious development of your body, and well being, regardless of age or ability. We cater many classes in various level, from privates, duets, wall units and mat classes according to individual needs.
The studio offers comprehensive teacher training program in the pure pilates method. Our international reputation for producing exquisite quality teachers widely attracts apprentices around the World. It has been growing steadily for over more than 20 years, and becoming the mecca of pilates trainers in Europe & USA.
Marjorie Oron is the owner and director of The Pilates Studio The Hague & Rotterdam. Following her career as a professional ballet dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York, Marjorie learned the Pilates Method of exercise. Marjorie has varied background from her successful career as professional dancer and extensive work with physical therapies gives her substantial knowledge from which to teach. Marjorie received her pilates training in New York City from Romana Kryzanowska. Upon certification, she returned to the Netherlands and opened The Pilates Studio in The Hague in 1994 - the first authentic pilates studio in BENELUX which soon became the primary education centre of pure pilates in the Netherlands. In 2001, Romana appointed her as one of the few teacher trainers (level 2) worldwide. She conducts various seminars and workshops worldwide, travels extensively reaching out to teachers to continue the education each day. Through her passion and commitment, Marjorie continues to work hard in teaching, conserving the purity of the method and keeping Romana spirit alive.
Jane Poerwoatmodjo is a teacher and the partner of The Pilates Studio Rotterdam. Jane comes to pilates from an extensive background in dance. She completed her dance education at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, where she later teaches pilates classes for several years. She performed for Claude Pilon in Canada and Djazzex in The Hague. Jane studied classical pilates under guidance of Juanita Lopez, Level 1 Grand Master Teacher Trainers in Chicago. She was successfully completed her program with Romana Kryzanowska in New York and earned the title of level 3 Instructor trainer of the Romana’s Pilates Training Program. Jane has been teaching pilates professionally since 1998. She continues on teaching, and bringing many inspiration and integrity to the studio and our clients.
Having worked with various apparatus manufactured by other designers, we soon discovered the difference, realizing that the dimensions when altered on the apparatus, will also alter the exercises from the pure repertoire, losing the potency of the movements and impairing the clarity of Joe’s intention with his work. So much of the work is dependent on the resistance of the springs and the dimensions of the apparatus. Once these are changed then much of the benefit is also lost.
Our clients and teachers have soon realized how GRATZ brought the difference result to their bodies. It has been proven that the use of these timeless apparatus improves our client to perform the exercise correctly & effectively and brings the full benefits the method.
It is for nothing that GRATZ once worked with Joseph Pilates himself, who was adamant with precision. Precision in performing exercise and precision on the apparatus. It carries on Joe’s fine craftsmanship and accurate adherence to the original proportions. We are proud to be fully equipped with the finest quality pilates apparatus in the industry.