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Pilates Intel - February 2017

February 2017,
web article.

"A Hybrid of Many Masters"

by Jillian Hessel

Jillian gifts us today with the story of the beginning of her Pilates career. She started Plates way back in 1981 in the normal way — an injured dancer in need of help to get her back to what she loved doing so much. The stars aligned for Jillian in a most serendipitous manner, for she was fortunate to have both Kathy Grant and Carola Trier — both of whom had studied for several years with Joe and Clara — as her mentors.

If you are a teacher, or even an avid student of Pilates, you can trace your lineage back through a special mentor or formative teacher. We each discovered Pilates traveling our own unique path, and this is how the living chain of lineage continues — our mentors change our lives in a significant way, and we teach the next generation of students, inspiring them with the transformative magic of Pilates.

I have been extremely fortunate in my personal teaching heritage. I initially studied with two Pilates elders, Kathy Grant and Carola Trier. Then, when I moved to California from the East Coast of the USA, I added a third, Ron Fletcher. Over the years, I also had the good fortune to take weekend workshops and lessons with both Eve Gentry and Romana Kryzanowska. Combine these fantastic teachers with my dance experience (I met both George Balanchine and Martha Graham), and you have a "Hybrid of Many Masters"!

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