Kathleen Stanford Grant, First Generation Pilates Instructor

In the spring of 1990 at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Dance Department, I was dancing my little butt off.  As you all know I have scoliosis.  I was sent to see Ms. Grant.  Her small Pilates studio was on the top floor of our dance building.  The fifth floor was unknown to me. Well I got to know it pretty well for the next semester.  I had no idea what to expect.   After my first session of Pilates, I felt like I had a new body.  I was able to feel exactly where I was in space without effort.  I felt like I had a massage and my entire body had been rearranged into its proper alignment.  I was given exercises for my scoliosis as well as killer core exercises.  I remember Kathy made me sit on top of the barrel and roll down into midair and then roll back up.  Of course I thought she was crazy.  Now of course I don’t think she was crazy and she was spot on.  I have to say I was always very nervous and had butterflies before every session, but I was able to understand the fundamentals and how powerful Pilates can be.  Ms. Grant was my first experience with Pilates and I will never forget it.  I am sad to say that Ms. Grant passed away on May 27, 2010.   She will remain in my memories as well as many others in the Pilates community.   Please click on the link below to read a beautiful remembrance of Ms. Grant, by her friend and First Generation Pilates Instructor, Lolita San Miguel.


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