1 Instructor Training at Pilates Seattle International 2009 CATALOG Published January 2009 A Licensed Vocational School with the State of Washington PILATES SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL 413 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109 Contact: Cindy Madsen: 206-405-3560, ext 15 Cindy@PilatesSeattle.com NOTE: This school is licensed under Chapter 28C.10. Inquiries or complaints regarding this or any other private vocational school may be made to the Workforce Training and Education coordinating Board, 128 Tenth Ave SW, Olympia WA 98504-3105 or 306-753-5673. 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome 3 Vision & Mission Statements 4 Romana 9s Pilates TM 4 School Directors/Primary Teachers 5 Guest Teachers 6 The Facility: 7 Equipment 7 Observation 7 Physical Therapy 7 Class Size 7 Admission Policies & Procedures: Prior Education Requirements 8 Application Procedures 8 Application Assessment Parameters 8 Training Method: 10 Seminars 10 Apprenticeship 10 Weekly Classes 10 Assisting Teachers 10 Student Clients 11 Exams 11 Personal Workouts 12 Training Logistics: Tracking Student Progress 12 Extensions 12 Leaving/Re-Entering the Program 13 Dismissal 13 Completion Requirements 13 Certification 13 Placement Assistance 13 Continuing Professional Education 13 Tuition & Fees Costs 14 Due Dates 14 Credit Card Policy 14 Refunds 15 Academic Calendar 16 Copyright © The Pilates and Physical Therapy Center ... more. less.
of Seattle, Inc.<br><br> All rights reserved. 3 Dear aspiring Pilates Instructor! First, we are thrilled with your enthusiasm for Pilates.<br><br> We, also, are enthused about the life-enhancing, positive effects of the physical/mental program created by Joseph Pilates. We believe in his methods and in the system as he developed and taught it. You, of course, understand that you cannot fully learn Pilates from a video, and you appreciate that quality does not automatically follow a bright ad campaign.<br><br> There are many of us in the Pilates world who want to educate the public, to create Pilates studios with superior instructors, to pass on the full transformative benefits of Joseph 9s teachings. As one of the fastest growing segments of the health and wellness fields, there are great opportunities for dynamic, thoroughly educated, and properly trained instructors. We are proud to have been in the forefront of this expansion.<br><br> Romana was specifically requested by Joseph to carry on his legacy and we offer her training program: Romana 9s Pilates TM . Her depth of experience and knowledge is amazing, and her wonderful joy at sharing this knowledge is contagious and inspiring. She is joined by her daughter, Sari Mejia-Santo, a consummate educator in the Pilates method.<br><br> We are pleased and honored to call Romana and Sari friends as well as mentors and guides. And we are pleased to be able to offer you a training program of the very highest caliber. Trainees learn by watching, assisting, practicing and teaching.<br><br> Acceptance in the program is based on ability, aptitude and potential. We limit the number of trainees in each class. We offer personal instruction, encouragement, and guidance that are not available in large assembly-line certification centers.<br><br> Through Romana 9s Pilates we offer the opportunity to work directly with Romana and Sari. Our program requires commitment and dedication. After over 700 hours of training and instruction by extraordinary Teacher Trainers and the Grande Dames of Pilates, our newly graduated teachers are prepared, experienced, dynamic, and confident.<br><br> We know that you have lots of choices with all of the training companies that have popped up over the last couple of years. We are pleased that you have chosen to look into our program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.<br><br> If you value experience and are looking for a lifetime of sharing your joy in Pilates with others, we look forward to meeting you. Yours in radiant health, Lauren Stephen Director 4 Pilates Seattle International Our Vision Since 1993 Pilates Seattle International aspires to assist all people in reaching their optimal potential in body, mind and spirit, by creating the country 9s premier integrated Pilates Studio, Physical Therapy Clinic, and Pilates Instructor Training Program. Our Mission as an Instructor Training School The Instructor Training School at Pilates Seattle International provides exemplary teacher training through our commitment to excellence, integrity and quality, and by regularly evaluating and improving our teaching skills, training programs, and student accomplishment and satisfaction.<br><br> Romana 9s Pilates " Romana's Pilates " is owned and operated by three generations of Pilates instructors; Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo, and Daria Pace. Romana's Pilates " was founded to perpetuate the true Pilates method as Romana learned while working with Joseph Pilates. Working out of Manhattan, Romana's Pilates " delivers private lessons, instructor certification and Continuing Professional Education to students and instructors.<br><br> Romana has been our teacher and mentor since the Studio 9s inception, and we are proud to offer our students and staff the wonderful benefits of Romana 9s Pilates " and the opportunity to work with Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo in our Seattle studio. For additional details concerning Romana 9s Pilates" please visit their website www.romanaspilates.com or call them directly (212) 765-2166 5 OUR DIRECTORS & PRIMARY TEACHERS LAUREN STEPHEN Lauren Stephen is the Director of Pilates Seattle International . She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of NY, Buffalo, in Theater and Dance.<br><br> Lauren has been dedicated to studying the work of Joseph Pilates since 1991 with Joseph Pilates 9 protégé, Romana Kryzanowska. In 1993 she and Lori Coleman-Brown founded PSI, the first Pilates studio in Seattle, designed to preserve the original work of Joseph Pilates. Lauren has also taught Pilates in Barcelona, Spain and London, England.<br><br> Lauren, Owner (100%) of Pilates Studio International, is a Romana 9s Pilates Level 3 Instructor and a Teacher Trainer. Lauren 9s ultimate commitment to the work has resulted in a flourishing organization, which in turn has benefited Seattle and international communities. LORI COLEMAN-BROWN, MPT Lori received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the State University of New York at Purchase, and her Master of Physical Therapy from Temple University.<br><br> Lori has had the privilege of working closely with Romana Kryzanowska to maintain the integrity and complexity of the Pilates method that Joseph created. Lori has extensive experience presenting lectures and demonstrations to the local and national Physical Therapy communities about Pilates and its remarkable benefits, as well as traveling nationally and internationally (Mexico, England, Netherlands) as a Teacher Trainer, educating Pilates studios in both Pilates and Anatomy. Lori is a Romana 9s Pilates Level 2 Instructor.<br><br> JODIE STOLZ Jodie has been studying the work of Joseph Pilates since 1998 and, under the direction of Master Instructor Romana Kryzanowska, has been a certified instructor in the authentic method since 2000. Through Continuing Professional Education, Anatomy, and Body Movement lasses, she continues to hone her skill and increase her knowledge. Jodie has taught instructors in Auckland, New Zealand; is a member of the faculty of Pilates Seattle International Instructor Training Program; and is a Level 4 Instructor Trainer for the Romana 9s Pilates Program.<br><br> 6 OUR GUEST TEACHERS & LEVEL 1 INSTRUCTOR TRAINERS ROMANA KRYZANOWSKA: Romana is the world-renowned protégé of Joseph Pilates and has been teaching true Pilates for nearly six decades. Long ago Romana made a commitment to Joe and Clara Pilates to continue their life 9s work, and Romana continues to deliver on that promise today by traveling the world and teaching the next generation of instructors. Romana visits our studio several times a year to facilitate Advanced Seminars and Continuing Education sessions.<br><br> Her personal warmth, bright humor, clever wit, and redoubtable breadth of knowledge make her a much loved and greatly sought-after teacher. SARI MEJIA SANTO: Romana 9s daughter, Sari, also shares her mother 9s lifelong passion for teaching true Pilates and has been teaching at Romana 9s side for over three decades. Growing up immersed in the Pilates community, Sari 9s knowledge is extensive and her skills formidable.<br><br> She has an incredible gift for teaching - experienced, and warm, with great attention to detail. Sari primarily teaches at Drago's Gym in Manhattan and travels both to our school and internationally, teaching, guiding, testing and developing the next generation of Romana 9s Pilates" instructors. 7 OUR FACILITY !<br><br> Over 1500 sq feet of Pilates Studio exercise space ! Physical Therapy clinic 3 Therapy rooms/offices ! Dressing rooms !<br><br> Staff/Student break room Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:00am-8:00pm Sat: 9:00-3:00 Sun 11:00-3:00 EQUIPMENT Our equipment is from Gratz Industries: the first and still the standard of excellence in Pilates equipment Reformers, Cadillacs, Barrels, Half-Barrels, Wunda Chairs, High Chairs, Small Chair, Wall Units, Tower, Weights, Mats, &. Students will be thoroughly trained for the effective and safe use of all pieces of equipment and mat work, including extensive training in the modification of exercises for different body types and injuries, and the creation of specific exercise systems for individuals. OBSERVATION OF INSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES As an active studio with over 20 Pilates exercise instructors, we offer exceptional opportunities for students to observe and assist the teachers and to observe a variety of instructors as they work with our exercise clients.<br><br> PHYSICAL THERAPY Lori Coleman-Brown, Director, owner, and teacher, is a Physical Therapist with over 15 years of medical experience. Lori 9s teaching incorporates a foundation in anatomy and kinesiology. Our close relationship with our staff Physical Therapists (all of whom have been trained in Pilates Instruction) gives our students a remarkable opportunity to learn from the medical community.<br><br> CLASS SIZE Our classes, started twice a year, average 5 students per class, so that at most 10 students would be participating in the interactive lectures and seminars. With 3 teachers, the student : teacher ratio would be 1:3. The apprenticeship observation hours are scheduled by the Directors to assure a low number of students on the floor at any one time.<br><br> 8 ADMISSION POLICIES & PROCEDURES PRIOR EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: A High School Diploma or GED. At the time of your application you need to demonstrate: " Competence with Pilates mat and reformer at an advanced intermediate level. " Familiarity with other apparatus: barrels, chairs, cadillac, etc.<br><br> " Knowledge of your own Pilates program and why you do each exercise " A strong powerhouse. Before the first day of the first seminar you will need to complete: " A minimum of 80 personal exercise sessions o Of which at least 60 must be private sessions. o To be taken at a Pilates studio approved by the Directors of this Studio (call for locations and names) o To be documented on a Summary of Pre-Seminar Workouts form, available from the school.<br><br> APPLICATION PRECEDURES: 1. Complete the required Prior Pilates sessions 2. Send in your application (due 2 weeks prior to your assessment) 3.<br><br> Schedule an evaluation and interview with the Directors Send in with your Application: " Your current resume " A short letter explaining why you want to become a certified instructor and what you intend to do once certified. " A doctor 9s release for rigorous sustained physical activity " Two letters of recommendation " Your Summary of 80 Pre-Seminar Workouts " The Instructor Training Program Agreement, signed Deposit of half the initial tuition (this will be returned if you are not accepted into the program) " A detailed plan on how you intend to fulfill your apprenticeship hours. APPLICATION ASSESSMENT PARAMETERS: Your Assessment will include an interview and a practical Pilates assessment, scheduled with the Studio Directors: " Your practical assessment will be conducted in the school by a Director or Teacher Trainer, during which you will perform your personal 55 minute workout.<br><br> The evaluators will be looking for: o Competence and knowledge on each apparatus o Smooth transitions between exercises o Proper rhythm and dynamics 9 o Understanding (mentally and physically) of the Seven Principles of Pilates: control, centering, concentration, breath, precision, flow, and rhythm, and how they apply to the exercises. (You will need to practice saying the name and purpose of each exercise, if asked, while moving. ) " Your interview will be approximately 30 minutes, in our school, with the Directors and/or other Teachers Trainers.<br><br> The Directors will be looking for: o Enthusiasm and knowledge o Potential as a teacher o Ability to communicate o Likelihood that you will succeed in our physically and mentally rigorous program. " There is a $100 Assessment fee due at the time of the assessment. " For long distance applicants, special concessions may be made, but will need to be approved by the Directors in writing.<br><br> The Studio Directors will evaluate all of the applicants and will then decide who will be accepted into the program. If an applicant is not accepted into the program, his/her deposit check will be returned. The accepted applicants will need to pay the balance of their tuition one month prior to the initial seminar date.<br><br> 10 THE PILATES TRAINING METHOD Our program is divided into three stages based on hours of apprenticeship: Stage 1: 0-300 hours Stage 2: 300-500 hours Stage 3: 500-700 hours Although we have general hour guidelines, the scheduling of tests will be dependant on the apprentice 9s consistent demonstration of readiness, and his/her ability, safety and knowledge, not on specific hours. SEMINARS: 3 Seminars of 3-5 days each, covering beginning, intermediate, and advanced Pilates systems. As appropriate for each level, each interactive seminar will incorporate: " Pilates philosophy and history " The apparatus and equipment " Exercises and their modifications based on client abilities, injuries, body types, and sport or occupation needs " Effective teaching cues, patterns, and techniques Instruction will be given by Instructor Trainers or Romana 9s Pilates Level 1 Instructors, as appropriate.<br><br> The workshops must be taken in order. Full attendance through each entire workshop is required. APPRENTICESHIP starts at the Orientation and involves three Stages for a total of a minimum of 700 hours: " Actively observing certified teachers and instructors and assisting the teachers with clients when requested " Practice teaching other apprentices.<br><br> " Helping to maintain our Studio and it 9s equipment Apprentice hours are documented on the Summary of Apprentice Hours. We recommend an average of 15-25 hours/week Studio time will be scheduled with the Studio Directors. The Summary hours will each need to be signed by a certified instructor in the Studio.<br><br> The originals of the Summaries will be collected on a monthly basis, and kept in each student 9s file. WEEKLY CLASSES: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 Attendance at 85% of the meetings is required. Classes will cover: " Exercise education and modifications " Practice leading mat classes " Anatomy " Pilates equipment maintenance " Client/Instructor interactions & building clientele " Studio management " Reviewing for exams ASSISTING TEACHERS: As the apprentices advance, they are asked by teachers to assist with paying Pilates exercise clients, always under immediate supervision of the teachers.<br><br> 11 STUDENT CLIENTS: After having passed the Stage I exam, an apprentice will teach student clients: " Between Stage I and Stage II exams: 2-6 student client hrs/week " Between Stage II and Stage III exams: up to12 student client hrs/week " Apprentices may only see student clients if at least one certified instructor is on the floor. The student clients may be friends or family or clients procured through the Studio. Student client specifics: " Inexperienced with Pilates " Healthy, with no medical problems " Able to commit to 1-3 sessions per week, consistently The apprentice will: " Take their student clients from beginning through intermediate exercises, advancing them as appropriate and safe " Handle scheduling " Maintain all client records Student Clients are an important part of learning, and are, therefore, a required part of the apprenticeship program: a minimum of 2 student clients between Stage I and II exams, and a minimum of 4 student clients between Stages II and III exams.<br><br> Student clients will pay the Studio $25 per session. Apprentices may not teach Pilates exercise outside the school until after certification. EXAMS: Students will be tested with practical and written exams.<br><br> Practical Exams involve taking a client (at the appropriate level - beginning, intermediate, or advanced) through a 50-55 minute session, while being observed and graded. The clients are carefully screened and are chosen from our large pool of Studio clients. Exams are graded using a standardized test form and will generally take 1 to 1.5 hours.<br><br> Written Exams are case studies at the basic, intermediate and advanced level: the student will need to describe a workout for a specific individual, addressing their physical limitations and goals. Each exam generally requires 6-8 hours of writing. Pass/Fail.<br><br> EXAMS: Stage I: after approximately 300 hours of apprenticeship. " Practical exam with a beginning client. " Graded by one of our faculty Stage II: after approximately 500 hours of apprenticeship.<br><br> " Practical exam with an intermediate client " Written exam case study with an intermediate client. " Graded by one of our faculty. Stage III: after approximately 700 hours of apprenticeship.<br><br> " Practical exam with an advanced client The 700 hour practical will need to be scheduled well in advance for a time when a Grande Dame/Level 1 Instructor is at our Studio so that they may do the testing. 12 " Written exam with 3 case studies: one each at the beginning, intermediate and advanced level. These tests generally require 2 days to complete.<br><br> " The Stage III written exams will be sent to New York to be graded by an independent authentically trained Pilates Teacher of Teachers, and may take up to 4 weeks to be returned. All tests must be passed to graduate. Failing a test will require additional hours (50-100 hours), additional fees (see the test fee schedule), and retesting.<br><br> Failing a test 3 times will prompt a review of the students progress and may result in dismissal from the school. PERSONAL WORKOUTS: As part of the training, apprentices are required to complete 1 private session plus 1 semi-private session per week with one of our certified instructors, until they have successfully passed their final exams. This will allow the student to continue their personal kinesthetic growth as well as learning different teaching techniques.<br><br> The cost of the first 6 months of these sessions is included in the tuition. Each month thereafter will cost $320. TRAINING LOGISTICS TRACKING STUDENT PROGRESS: The low number of students admitted into our program allow us the privilege of personally monitoring their progress, ensuring their continued advancement and the very best possibility for their eventual success.<br><br> The following data will be entered in the student 9s file and reflected in the final transcript: " Observation and assisting hours as noted on the Summary of Apprentice Hours " Active attendance at all seminars " Active attendance at weekly classes " All exam (and retest, if needed) results " Student Client hours teaching " All dates, including: entry, extensions, and certification The student file will be kept for a minimum of 50 years. A student may request a copy of their file (excluding exams) at any time. EXTENSIONS: The program is intended to be completed within 9 months to one year.<br><br> In the event of special and unavoidable circumstances, the Directors may grant an extension. It would require a letter of explanation which included specific plans for reasonable completion of the program. 13 LEAVING & RE-ENTERING THE PROGRAM: As with extensions, this option would be granted only under extenuating circumstances.<br><br> If there is a gap of over 1 year between leaving the program and re-entry, the student will have to reapply, pay full tuition again and restart the program. DISMISSAL: The school reserves the right to dismiss any student from the program for misconduct, unprofessional behavior, excessive tardiness, failing an exam 3 times or an obvious disinterest in becoming a professional and competent instructor. Misconduct includes but is not limited to: violence, harassment of any type, property damage, theft, or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while in or representing the school or Studio.<br><br> Consideration for readmission after a dismissal would require a letter and considerable evidence of a change of attitude. COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS: " Passing all tests " Attending at least 85% of the Weekly Classes between the beginning of the program and graduation. " Attending and participating in all Seminars " Successful teaching of student clients " Consistent and frequent personal workouts.<br><br> GRADUATION: You will receive within 1 month of your graduation: " A certificate from Pilates Seattle International You may have a transcript at any time, upon request. Once you have received notification from the Studio Directors that you have passed all of your practical and written exams, you may teach outside our School. PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE: There is a job placement board in the staff/apprentice lounge where we post jobs requests that we receive from outside studios: locally, nationally and internationally.<br><br> CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION: All staff members at our Studio are required to attend a yearly CPE seminar taught by Romana Kryzanowska or Sari Mejia Santo. We fly Romana and Sari here and offer the seminars in our Studio to our staff and to other authentically trained Pilates teachers. The Studio also refers out-of-the-area potential clients to our graduates at other studios, provided that the graduates maintain their CPE.<br><br> 14 TUITION & FEES COSTS: Applicant Assessment Fee: $ 100 Due at the time of the evaluation/interview Initial Tuition cost $ 6820 THE INITIAL TUITION INCLUDES: " Registration and Administration Fees: $100 " Seminars for Stages I, II, III, taken in our Studio; discounted for our students: $2300 " 700 hours of apprenticeship at Pilates Seattle International: $2500 - Independent study, observation, and practice teaching under supervision; - Weekly one-hour classes; - Personalized preparation and one-on- one consultation and feedback from the Instructor-trainer following exams " 6 Months of private and semi-private sessions; discounted for our students: $1920 Additional Required Tuition costs " Required personal workouts beyond 6 months, until all exams are passed; discounted for our students, due the first of each month: $320/mo " Test fees: Stage I: $225, Stage II: $325, Stage III: $550. $1100 Potential other costs " Failed Tests require additional hours of logged apprenticeship (50-100 hours) plus an additional retest fee (see Test Fees, above). " Late payments (past the due dates):$100.<br><br> DUE DATES: A deposit of half of the Initial Tuition ($3410) is due with the application. We will hold this deposit until the applicant is accepted into the program. If an applicant is not accepted, we will return the deposit.<br><br> The balance of the Initial Tuition ($3410) is due one month prior to the date of the first Seminar. CREDIT CARD POLICY: We do accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), but regret that we must charge a processing fee of 2% 15 REFUNDS: Applicants : " If an applicant is not accepted, their deposit will be returned in full. " If an applicant cancels within 5 days (excluding Sundays and holidays) of signing the contract, and provided that training has not begun, the school shall refund all payments.<br><br> " If an applicant cancels between the 5 days of signing the contract, and the start of the training, the school will retain the $100 registration fee and will refund the balance of payments. The official date of applicant 9s cancellation is the day that the school receives written notice of applicant 9s intention to discontinue the program. Students : " If a student cancels after completing one week or up to 10% of the training, the school will retain the $100 registration fee and 10% of the tuition, and will refund the balance.<br><br> " If a student cancels after completing more than one week or up to 10% (whichever is less), but less than 25%, the school will retain the $100 registration fee plus 25% of the tuition, and will refund the balance. " If a student cancels after completing 25% to 50% of the training, the school will retain the $100 registration fee plus 50% of the tuition, and will refund the balance. " If a student cancels after completing more than 50% of the training, the school will retain 100% of the tuition.<br><br> The percentage of completion shall be based on the percentage of seminars and tests completed. The official date of cancellation for a student shall be the last date of recorded attendance: " When the school receives notice of the student 9s intention to discontinue the program. " When the student is terminated for a violation of a published school policy which provides for termination; " When a student, without notice, fails to attend classes for thirty calendar days.<br><br> Discontinued Programs : " If instruction in the program is discontinued after training has begun, or if the school moves from one location to another, it must provide students pro rata refunds of all tuition and fees paid. " Students affected by a discontinuation must request a refund within ninety days. 16 ACADEMIC CALENDAR July 2009 Appointments for Assessments will be made by the Front Desk: 206-405-3560 August 2009 Applications and Assessments completed; applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the program SEPTEMBER 2009 START OF THE 2009 FALL TRAINING: First Seminar date to be announced October 2009 Seminar 2 date to be announced November 2009 Seminar 3 date to be announced Taught by Sari Mejia Santo or Juanita Lopez.<br><br> Stage III testing for prepared students from this or previous classes. November 2009 Appointments for Assessments will be made by the Front Desk: 206-405-3560 December 2009 Applications and Assessments completed; applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the program JANUARY 2010 START OF THE 2010 WINTER TRAINING: First Seminar date to be announce March 2010 Seminar 2 date to be announced May 2010 Seminar 3 date to be announced Taught by Sari Mejia Santo or Juanita Lopez. Stage III testing for prepared students from this or previous classes.<br><br> The Studio/School is closed New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.