At age 3, after being dragged to her sister’s ballet class, Suzi Lonergan decided to become a dancer. By age 7 she was performing onstage with the Pasadena Dance Theatre, and by 17 was dancing professionally in TV, movies, music videos and commercials. She was the lead dancer in Pepsi’s 1996 Superbowl ad that won the Cleo award for best commercial that year. After touring from LA to Japan with the “LA Knockers”, a cabaret troupe, she began choreographing TV specials and rock concerts abroad. This led to her work as assistant choreographer on the 70th Academy Awards, and on the Ricky Martin “La Vida Loca” tour. Today, at 44, she still dances professionally, appearing in the award-winning ballet “Threnody”, and credits the longevity of her career to the power of Pilates workout.
Her interest in teaching physical fitness exercise began while Suzi earned her Theatre Arts degree at UCLA. Working as a trainer in local health clubs, she soon developed her own private practice, which included leading professionals in the corporate and entertainment industry. In 1994, her performing and fitness careers came together when fellow dancers recommended she enroll in a Pilates workshop led by Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates. In this dynamic 77-year young woman Suzi found her inspiration. After just one class, Suzi felt an immediate change in body and spirit. She knew she had found the tool she was looking for to fine tune her own body and well as her clients. Studying under Romana, Suzi became a Certified Instructor with the Pilates Guild of New York. Over the last twelve years teaching “Authentic Pilates”, her clientele has expanded to include working with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and 140 teenagers from the American Ballet Theatre – teaching them all, the power of Pilates.
It is her goal to pass on the knowledge that has inspired and made a difference in her life. Suzi’s Studio is in Sherman Oaks, California.
- UCLA – BA – 1983
- UCLA EXTENSION – PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION – 1988
- ROMANA’S PILATES – CERTIFIED – 1994
- GYROTONIC – CERTIFIED – 2005
- American Ballet theatre
- Multiple Sclerosis society
- Pilates Method Alliance