Born in New York City, Cynthia began learning The Pilates Method in 1976, as a young dancer. Later she received a contract to dance with the New York City Ballet and worked for some of the world’s greatest choreographers like, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins and others. During this time she continued to practice Pilates at the then Joseph Pilates studio in New York City with Romana Kryzanowska.
By the end of 1987, Cynthia moved to Sydney during which time she continued to do some Pilates with Alan Menenzies while maintaining her dancers body. Later in 1990 to 1992 Cynthia went back to dancing professionally and continued her career by joining The Sydney Dance Company and then later with Bangarra Dance Theatre. It was during her time with The Sydney dance Company that Cynthia met Megan Williams, and rallied to support the idea of beginning a studio on their premises down at the Wharf. This later began the start of the APMA for Megan Williams.
In 1994 Cynthia returned to New York City to study as an instructor under the guidance of her teacher, and mentor, Romana Kryzanowska – one of the last remaining disciples and protégé of Joseph H. Pilates. Returning to Sydney later that year as a certified instructor of the True Pilates Method, Cynthia opened her studio The Pilates Method and soon after developed a Training Centre under the name of The New York Pilates Studio in Sydney together with Sean Gallagher, Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo.
Cynthia brought the first Authentic Teacher-Training program to Sydney in 1998. During this time she continued to travel back to NYC to participate in further developing what is now known as Romana’s Teacher Training Program, now more commonly referred to as the “Classical “ training. In 2009 Romana appointed Cynthia one of only three Grand Master Teacher Trainers worldwide. Cynthia has trained most of the true classical Pilates instructors operating throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand, United States, and Russia. Because of her love, passion and commitment to the Pilates Method and Romana, Cynthia continues to work hard in maintaining the program in Sydney at her studio, Cynthia Lochard’s Pilates Method Studio.
Cynthia also continues to be sought after travelling the world, sharing her vast wealth of knowledge and experience to studios, conducting Seminars, Workshops, assessing students and presenting Continuing Professional Education courses.