Documentary #1029

Remembering Ron

20 min - Documentary


Ron Fletcher (May 29, 1921 – December 6, 2011) was an American Pilates Master Teacher, an author and a Martha Graham dancer. He was also a Broadway stage, network television, cabaret and International Ice Capades choreographer. Fletcher is identified as a “Pilates Elder” – a “first-generation teacher” who studied directly under Joseph and Clara Pilates.

Originally referred to Joseph Pilates by fellow dancer, Allegra Kent, for treatment of a chronic knee injury, Fletcher was schooled in the principles of Body Contrology (the name Pilates gave to his fitness and conditioning method) by Joseph and Clara Pilates with whom he studied - in their New York City studio at 939 8th Avenue - on and off from 1948 until one year after Joseph Pilates’ death in 1967.

Though Fletcher achieved significant notice in the entertainment industry for his choreography, he is best known in the 21st century for having introduced the Pilates conditioning method, from its home base in New York City, to the American west coast via his Ron Fletcher Studio for Body Contrology, which he opened May 1, 1972 on Rodeo Drive at Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. By the late 1970s, as the original Pilates studio was “withering away in New York,” Fletcher’s high-profile name, and his celebrated Hollywood clientele, led to a renaissance of the work that is largely credited with keeping the Pilates name alive and in front of the public.

You can look at Ron's Timeline to learn more about his life.

Remembering Ron courtesy of Kyria Sabin and Fletcher Pilates® International.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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Oct 09, 2013
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Wonderful!!! What a great tribute for such a beautiful spirit!
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Thanks for that - really lovely memories and an inspirational tribute.
Saw this at the PMA conference and I enjoyed watching it again here. Well done. Thanks for posting it.
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goosebumps all the way through.....Thank you PA and thank you Kyria for sharing this wonderful piece of Pilates history with all of us....
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Fascinating gentleman... a great piece to share with Pilates students. Thank you Kyria.
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facinating & inspiring!christine douglas
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Its sad that he is gone. His legacy will always carry on. Very interesting video learned a lot of things from it that I did not know.
Being new to Pilates for only a short period of time, It has been a great journey through wonderful founders and teachers from the past and the present. It is so nice to be a part of it and live in the moment. I wish I would of had the opportunity to meet him. May he rest in peace and may his spirit always encourage us and others to have movement and practice and use pilates to preserve our quality of life. Thank you Pilates Anytime for this short wonderful video. Much appreciated.

MaryJo Iacono
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Thanks for this wonderful video.
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Absolutely fascinating and inspiring. What a legacy. Thank you
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How lovely! Thanks for sharing this video. Very very special.......
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