Ron Fletcher was born in Dogtown, Missouri, May 29th, 1921 his artistic personality was apparent at a very early age. Ron arrived in New York in 1944 he was a student performer and teacher with Martha Graham. He was the lead dancer and oral choreographer for several Broadway shows, including the loot song, top banana and two on the aisle. Ron received an honorary ms degree as a teacher and choreographer at Utah State University and he taught master classes at ballet arts studio 61 and Carnegie Hall. He cofounded the choreographers workshop in New York. Ron was a lead dancer and choreographer for the rod and Fletcher Dancers on the NBC All Star Review with Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx at the Barrymore and Marlena Diedrich.
He was the director and choreographer of the ice capades for 12 seasons and for two years was the choreographer for 20th century Fox studios. Ron Produced, directed and choreographed shows in Las Vegas, Paris, Milan, Beirut, and London as well as New York. In 1948 Ron Fletcher began to study with Joseph and Clara Pilatos because of a chronic knee injury. Joe was a miracle worker. Red Genius. Ron says, and he inspired me to learn more about how the body should work. Ron opened his studio for body control logy in Beverly Hills in 1978. Ron's book, everybody is beautiful, published in 1978 features red Eklund, Candice Bergen, Ben Vareen, Catherine Ross, and Allie McGraw to name just a few of the celebrities who appear on every page and still remain loyal to Ron and his teachings.
The Ron Fletcher work is up comprehensive movement experience, creative, constantly evolving. It has been developed over a 50 year period of teaching and steady with such visionaries as Martha Graham, Joe and Clara Polato says, yeah, Eg Nomura and Agnes de Mille.
Tighten the butt muscles, pull the belly back toward the spine, lift up through the middle of the body, lift the sternum up, bring the head back in line with the spine and keep the throat nice and long. Now we're going to lift the toes off the floor as we inhale. And Lord the Missou. Exhale,
Now we're going to come to our little diamond position. Take a nice deep breath first.
So the back is very straight and a diagonal line, which cantilevers out over the diamond. Shape the head in line with the spine. We're going to take a breath first and exhale four counts forward.
Good. Now press the spine, the lower spine into the barrels so you push back and release and roll it back and release. Keep the feet nicely, flex, roll it back and release and roll it back and release and take the towel. Bring it forward, up pointed toes and come into your diagonal position. Here you're back to your little diamond. Now we're going to take a stretch forward contract over and reach and release forward and up and contract and release and lift forward and up and come open to hear. Good. Bring the towels down again, set them and back and we will like forward and to here. Now we're going to circle the right arm around, flex the feet as you reach forward with the arm. Inhale forward and over.
Roll the spine back one bone at a time so that you literally wrap yourself around the barrel as you roll back. And then a nice lift up and reach it to the back. Bring the right arm forward so it touches the barrel here and bring it straight back and the left arm forward.
And reach forward again, one, two, three and four, five and six and seven and eight and roll the spine back slowly. One roll it back to roll it back three and reach and stretch on for now with the right arm crossing over to the left hip, crossing over one and back to position in the left one over one and back to the position. Both of them come up on a diagonal line with the right arm to the front and back to the position. Now the left arm crosses over to the right hip and back and the right went over to the left hip and back and crossing to the front end. And diagonal with the arm, the left arm in the front. Now the little Sh, uh, wrist beats that we do here. Crossing one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
Bring the chin to the chest and roll up slowly to three and four. Straighten the legs for a second. Come into your diamond lifting arms up above the head and bring the arms to the back and lift and to the front.
Pull the belly in as much as you can. They head forward in a long, long stretch. Now we roll the spine up, up, up, release through the back and let the towel come to the back and lift up
Now we're going to release just out to the side on the right and contract to the front and inhale as you release to the sides and contract to the front. [inaudible]
We're going to reach over to the side on a high release, roll the spine around, open the towel to the other side, circle that across and into your contraction and circles forward and lift up
Alright, now we're going to stretch the leg straight forward and we're rolling back, back, back until the body is just straight out. The legs are straight and as long as you can get them tightened the button muscles, the head is back over the spa over the barrel. But make sure at the point where the back of the head is, is a stabilizer can rest on there so it's not hanging loose so that you're compressing discs and vertebra from the low part of the back. Try to lift the head up so you bring the chin to the chest. We're working now for under the throat and the and the neck muscles are reaching back on the inhalation
Now Cathy and Patrick are going to continue on with the next part. Reaching for the contraction forward and back and reach forward and back and contract, forward and back. Contract forward and back. Contract right in that low belly and up all the way up to good and back and forward and back. Now live with the leg lift, rolly coming forward and lift the legs and lower lift, lower lift and lower and lift and touch and roll back two, three and four and one and two and touch three and touch four and touch and road back circle three, three and four. One more. And lift and lower lift and lower list and lower and lift and lower.
Good. Pull the feedback toward you. Put the hands down. We're going to push back
Now very small. Change the ankle here and here, here and here. One and two, three and four. Five and six and now with the breathing.
Tighten the butt lower and tighten the butt and Laura down and tighten about and lower it down. Bend the knees and set them down on the low part of the barrel on the middle seat. And push the button up just a little bit. From there, if you can lift the button off the barrel and, and lift and lift down. Lift and down, lift and lower and lift and lower. Now reach forward with the heels and bring the heels over the edge. Good. Put the hands back by the shoulders and push forward
Now on roll your spine, Moran, the barrel and to the position. And here
Ease together and forward and straight. Now from here, just push up a little bit on the barrel and lower and press up and lower and press up and lower. Press up. Good. Hold it. Two, three, four, six, seven, eight and lower the butt. Bring the feet in. I'd like to point out here we've not had a chance to do before, uh, on all of the tapes, any of this work, uh, that we need to pay attention. W when I, when I say often do it slowly, it's because I know you can do it faster, but the idea is not how fast you do it, but how well you do it. So I'd rather have one or two or three things very well done with total attention given to the body with the application of the mind and the breath in the spirit or the passion with which you do the movement, the total feeling so that your body has a chance to experience what's happening to it during the movement itself. So we're not, so we're always so anxious in our society, not just an episode but been in everything that we do to get from that point to that point just in says, let's get start here.
How soon can we get over there instead of enjoying the journey and your body needs to underst that too. It needs to, to feel what's happening while it's on its way there because there are many fine little parts in that mechanism and they all need to connect in some way. And if we don't get them time to connect, they never really learn. So your body has never really at ease. It's never fully at ease. Uh, one of my favorite and wonderful students, one of my ladies, Candice Bergen, used to say that this was the one when she would come and work with me, she would say, this is the only kind of work that I do that I don't feel anxious afterwards and I think the reason is we talked about it then and she also taught, spoke about it in my book. The reason is that the work is so organic and it's so complete and it uses the body so fully that when you're finished you're certainly aware that you've used the body and aware of all of its parts and all of its things, but you're also, you feel comfortable with it because it feels comfortable inside itself.
It's had some sense of of what it's been doing because it's communicated all the way through and especially if you breathe. We need, especially if you inhale and puts oxygen and do all those 70 trillion cells, including the brain. We're in the diamond position, the palms open to the side, the back, very straight in a high release and really pressed the lower spine back into the barrel and release. Contract and release.
And stretch back with the towel. Now hold the knees Tigie together and the ankles tightened together. And just extend the legs out on a long diagonal line. Out and touch. Extend and touch. Extend and touch and extend and touch.
Hold the position now. Tighten the butt very tight and release and then press the shoulders into the floor. As you do that, think of widening. You're opening up across the chest and release. Tighten the butt and release. Press the shoulders and release. Tighten the butt and release. Press the shoulders and release.
Tighten the button and release. Press the shoulders and release. Tighten the button and release. Press the shoulders and we lease. Now pull the barrel in his tightly charges. You can. We're gonna press the pelvis up towards the ceiling, keeping the knees tied together at the same time, bringing the towel forward to touch the thighs and open and lower the button and press up.
But bring the arms forward, bring the barrel into and come up over the top of the barrel. Get Ahold of the handles and come forward. And the legs up in the air here and [inaudible]
So two city just on the heels and the hands are down. Bring the head forward, very tiny little figure and just pulse the butt to the heels on two four, five, six, seven, eight and set the heels down. Hold the knees tightly together. Put the hands on the knees and push against him as we press up to three and four and bring the arms up.
And bring the towel in these together, close him in and push forward and step up. Two, three, four.