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...

A Converstation with Ron Fletcher

September 2011 / Pilates Style Magazine

Still vibrant and opinionated at 90, this first-generation teacher opens up about his experiences with Joe and Clara, his career and what he’s learned in 60 years of Pilates. Pilates Style was recently fortunate enough to catch up with Ron Fletcher. And when you’re talking about Ron Fletcher, the term “catch up” is both figurative and literal: Fletcher, now 90, still walks the talk, upright and proud. Of Irish and Native American descent, Fletcher moved from tiny Dogtown, Missouri, to New York City in 1944, where he took a job in the advertising department at Saks Fifth Avenue. But after attending a performance of the Martha Graham Dance Company, he decided that dance, not fashion, was his future. He convinced Graham to take him on as a student, despite the fact that he was a...

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