Jacqueline Ethier (Et-yay) is a Fletcher Faculty member, having completed the Fletcher Program of Study in 2006. She is founder and co-owner of Pilates Space, the Fletcher Pilates® movement studio and Teacher Training Educational Centre of Ottawa, Canada as well as a working professional dancer. She began dancing as a toddler in her home-town of Sudbury and graduated from the Contemporary Dance Programme at The School of Dance in Ottawa where she was introduced to Pilates at age 19. According to Jacqueline, “When I first took a Pilates class in 1997, I knew it was something my body needed to better organize itself. But I hated it at the time because I knew it was going to be a hard journey to unlearn some habits and learn others. Every Friday morning, I would be on my back for...

2019 was an amazing Fletcher Pilates adventure! We had the honor of continuing the legacy of Joseph Pilates via Ron Fletcher’s methodology around the world. We held our first TWO international Fletcher Pilates conferences in Brazil and South Korea. Hosted by Adriano Bittar and Karla Relvas, our June Brazil event proved to be a spectacular gathering of Pilates teachers and practitioners from schools and lineages from across South America. Our September conference in Korea, hosted by Sujung Kim, was an equally successful, sold-out event uniting Pilates teachers from throughout Asia. We also introduced Fletcher Pilates to Eastern Europe through the MoveOn conference in Romania. Following these conferences, Kyria had the honor of teaching the first Fletcher Intensives in Dubai, Seoul and China and while our Director of Education, Deborah Mendoza initiated...

The Pillars of Professional Development For the past 2 decades, I’ve had the honor of working with several other dedicated Pilates professionals to ensure the legitimacy and success of this nascent field of study and career opportunity. Reflecting on the recent gathering of our international community at the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting, I now take a moment to appreciate how far we have come as an industry. Not so long ago, Body Contrology teachers were hesitant to use the word “Pilates” for fear of being sued. Since then, many hands and minds have collaborated to develop and establish the primary pillars of professional development necessary to support our expanding Pilates industry. ...

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