August 14, 1960–August 31, 2013
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend Julian Littleford
on August 31, 2013.
Julian's teaching was a gift to us, our members and the entire Pilates community. He will be profoundly missed.
British born Julian Littleford moved to San Diego, California to open J.L. Body Conditioning, Inc.
in 1990. He was chosen among a very select few of the top Pilates trainers in the world as a mentor in the Passing the Torch Mentor Program
by Balanced Body University
(BBU). According to BBU, they have "partnered with the best of the best" of Pilates instructors to create a program that would help shape the next generation of leaders in the Pilates community.
Julian spent eight years in New York City as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company
, where he worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov
and the late Rudolf Nureyev
. He has been featured in Who's Who in America
and has performed with Martha Clarke's Garden of Earthly Delights
and the Toronto Dance Theater
in Canada. Julian originally studied the Pilates method in England with Alan Herdman
and was one of Mr. Herdman's original teachers in his London studio during the late 1970's. In New York, he worked for and trained with Deborah Lessen
at Greene Street Studio.
He was a founding member of the Physical Mind Institute
in New York City and Gold Certified through the Pilates Method Alliance
. He directed the Pilates training at Pilates de Mexico
, in Mexico City and was the Director of Pilates for the San Diego Padres
baseball team. He was also the athletic trainer for Cirque du Soleil's Dralion
touring show in Southern California. He continued to present and guest teach throughout the world. He was a regular presenter for Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour
, Pilates Method Alliance
, Pilates Style Magazine
, and Dance Teacher