“Before the Hundreds” & “Kathy’s Cats” (held 24-25 May)
The 2 workshops were held on 24th May & 25th May 2014 to a group of Pilates teachers from different lineages including Fletcher Pilates, Classical Pilates, Polestar Pilates and Stott Pilates.
We will be posting pictures from the 2-day workshop with Blossom Leilani Crawford very soon.
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About Blossom Leilani Crawford
Blossom had the good fortune to be introduced to Pilates by Kathy Grant in 1993, during her first year as a dance student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After three years of working with Kathy, Blossom became her Teaching Assistant at NYU, an honoured position that she held for over a decade (1996-2007). She also received her Pilates teaching certification from Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska in 1999.
Blossom is known for her ability to seamlessly integrate Pilates lineages as the situation demands, and for her insight into Kathy’s work. Her versatility, playfulness and powerful teaching methods which she developed during the 17 years she worked with Kathy Grant has made her a sought after Pilates teacher at conferences throughout the United States and internationally.
The owner and director of Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn, New York, she is also a proud mother of two children, Gus and Sabine.
Source: Bridge Pilates
BEFORE THE HUNDREDS
Blossom assisted Pilates Elder Kathy Grant’s Pilates Mat class for dancers at NYU for 10 years. In that class, Kathy developed a vocabulary for the warm up exercises that came before she started the traditional Pilates Matwork. In this curriculum lies the heart of Kathy’s work. It incorporates sound, creativity, imagery and sensory awareness in order to strengthen and align the body.
In this 6-hour workshop, Blossom will teach skills that will enhance Pilates techniques and provide creative new ways to incorporate fundamental movement principles. These movements are easily assimilated into your own practice or any teaching situation. The exercises will cover a vast range of styles – a trademark of Blossom’s philosophy that there is no one way to teach Pilates.
KATHY GRANT’S CATS & BEYOND
Kathy Grant loved cats. She loved their many personalities and the way they moved. Cats inspired her to make up many different exercises. You will learn most of Kathy’s “cats” and how Kathy used them within the traditional Pilates vocabulary.
Blossom will demonstrate how the principals and imagery of Kathy’s cats can transfer to skills you want to use on the Pilates equipment. This includes teaching proper body alignment, breath integration and, as a Pilates teacher, being able to identify asymmetry within pupil’s bodies.
In the January 2013 issue of Pilates Style magazine, this workshop was praised by other professional Pilates teachers as the one that, “… had the greatest impact on their teaching, their careers and their lives.”