Becoming a Licensed Pilates School: 10 Years Later

September 2018 /

Like many ventures based on belief and passion, when we initiated the Fletcher Pilates Program of Study, we dove in head-first. Our vision was crystal clear, but we had yet to identify the steps and processes involved in creating a true vocational school. Our unified vision was to create a school based on the Fletcher lineage of the Pilates method - rooted firmly in a "classical" Pilates foundation, as developed and taught to us by Ron Fletcher. We also realized that time was of the essence. Without Ron's direct involvement, input and approval, it would be impossible to capture and delineate this program. Our Pilates lineage would most likely be diluted, and eventually lost, if we didn't follow through. While our purpose was clear, each step in the process led to 10 additional steps. Identifying and cataloging our comprehensive program was the fun,...


September 2018 / Study done by Adriano Bittar

Following on the exciting and intriguing postsfrom Christine Bergeron (“How effective is Pilates as an additional training program for dancers?”), and Jennifer Deckert (“Breath: A Back-To-School Basic”), the focus here is also on PILATES and BREATH,specifically touching upon HOW THEY INFLUENCE BALLET. The basis for any assumption made is a quasi-experimental study, that investigated the effects of Fletcher Pilates® in the respiratory systems of young female ballet dancers from a public dance school. This study was presented as a poster at the IADMS 27th Annual Conference in Houston, USA (BITTAR et al., 2017), and published in Brazil (MELO et al., 2018). BREATH in SCIENCE and DANCE It is well reported by exercise physiologists and physiotherapists (CALAIS-GERMAIN, 2006; HALL, 2016) that BREATH plays an outstanding role in providing the body with the NECESSARY ENERGY FOR...

Every Body is Beautiful Goes Digital

August 2018 / Pilates Style

Way ahead of its time, Ron Fletcher’s book on his life’s work remains a classic 40 years later. In 1972, Ron Fletcher opened the first Pilates studio on the west coast, in Los Angeles. He had studied directly under Joe and Clara Pilates since 1948, and with Clara’s permission, Ron set out to spread the work of Body Contrology outside of New York City. His original studio, located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, soon became an epicenter for Hollywood elite, leading to a renaissance of the Pilates method. Six years later, Ron published Every Body is Beautiful, one of the first books based on Body Contrology. Featuring several of Ron’s celebrity clients, including Ali MacGraw, Candice Bergen, Sandy Duncan, Susan Dey, Ben Vereen, among others, it quickly became a mainstay in the Pilates community. Although the plates for...