Marathon runner, Pilates studio owner and instructor, Fletcher Faculty member Nannette Crystal’s life path has taken many turns to lead her to where she now peacefully walks (and runs.) She fell in love with dance growing up in Louisiana. This first love led her to Tucson and the University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While dancing professionally, a colleague encouraged her to experience Fletcher Pilates®. The work enchanted her to the extent that she left the dance world to study and eventually teach Fletcher Pilates professionally. Nannette was recognized as a certified Fletcher Pilates instructor by Ron in 2004. She explains, “It was a magical time. Ron was still creating and evolving his own work. I saw that happening in workshops. The work was still very much alive...

Julia Nichole Lopez attended her first Pilates Mat class in search of a way to actively ease back pain while attending college. She was smitten with the practice, signed up for private reformer lessons, and so began her Pilates journey. Explains Ms. Lopez, “Years spent in extreme spinal extension in dance, gymnastics and figure skating amplified a lorodotic curve in my lumbar spine. [Through Pilates} I learned how to use my body correctly! Joseph Pilates’ words have become part of the fabric of my life: ‘Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.’” Eventually, Julia left a successful entertainment/media industry career to follow her “passion and true professional calling” and began teaching Pilates. She studied several Pilates lineages – East Coast Classical, therapeutic, Stott and Contemporary. She credits Kathy Demac and Tawny Solorzano...

Meet Adriano Bittar, the face of Fletcher Pilates in Brazil and organizer/featured presenter at the fifth Fletcher Pilates Biennial Conference, Every Body is Beautiful! to be held in Niterói, Brazil June 7-9, 2019. A former professional volleyball player, Adriano Bittar is a Pilates Teacher, university professor, researcher, Physiotherapist and a contemporary dancer. He first discovered Pilates at the Laban Centre, in London, in 1996 and became enchanted with the method. Adriano practiced Pilates throughout his career as a dancer in the following years. In 1999, Adriano became one of the first physiotherapists in South America to earn a Pilates certification through Polestar Pilates. He created the first post-graduate course in Pilates of the central-western region of Brazil at CEAFI and continues to serve as the program’s coordinator and faculty. Adriano became a Fletcher Pilates® Qualified Teacher...

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