Moving to Stand Still

March 2009 / Shape Magazine

Google “Ron Fletcher” and you’ll turn up an impressive resume that tells ofa successful dance career and collaborations with Hollywood luminaries like Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich. You’ll also finnd accounts of his injury, which led him to a lifechanging encounter with Joseph Pilates - a visionary who advocated a radical approach to fitness and wellness: pilates. Like many of us, Ron had thought that the pilates machines looked like “medieval torture chamber machines”. That was during the post-World War II era, when people didn’t even know where their core was. More than 50 years later and pilates has become one of the fastest-growing phenomena in Singapore. How much has changed and how has Ron put his stamp on his mentor’s work? We spoke to the very vocal first-generation teacher when he was in town. Q:...

When Ron Fletcher sin't relaxing at his Stonewall, Texas ranch, the curriculum director of the prestigious Ron Fletcher Program of Study is traveling the glove to share a wealth of knowledge in his sought-after methods of Towelwork, Floorwork, Percussive Breath and movement-philosophies.  At a youthful 87, Fletcher continues to play a principal role in the evolution and teaching of the method, and many Pilate teachers - including me - can trace their involvement in the industry to this man. An original student of Joe and Clara Pilates, Ron was the first to bring the discipline of Los Angeles. Over the years he's shared his technique in clinical settings, specifically at the Dancemedicine Division of the Center for Sports Medicine at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco and movement therapy programs at UCAL and at Santa...

Ron Fletcher, one of the great visionaries of the Pilates world, passed away December 6, 2011. He had a Hill Country connection in that he spent his final years at home in nearby Stonewall, TX, where he came to know and love Gail Sears, local fitness guru and founder of both The Center for Fitness and Center 2, a premier Yoga and Pilates Studio. Gail passed way last New Year’s Eve. Born in 1921, in tiny Dogtown on the Missouri-Arkansas border, from the very beginning Ron's sights were set on the far horizon. Late in his teens, with little formal education and nothing more than a few dollars, a beat-up suitcase and a heart full of dreams, he left the rural south for the lights - and...

TOP