"From Joseph Pilates to Eve Gentry through Michele Larsson to you..."
This is a quote we took directly from Michele Larsson's website
. The quote perfectly describes Michele's intention to carry on the legacy of Joseph Pilates and her mentor Eve Gentry, and is exactly the point of this insightful discussion between Michele and Kristi that took place last April.
Michele Larsson is the protégé of Eve Gentry
who was a student of Joseph Pilates for many years. This 5 part discussion, totaling about 50 minutes in all, touches on Michele's discovery of Pilates and her first meeting with Eve. We learn how and why Eve chose to create "pre-Pilates" exercise routines and why the name "Gentry Technique" never stuck. As the conversation continues, Michele shares the story of Eve's breast cancer and how she turned to Joe Pilates for her remarkable rehabilitation. Finally, we hear more about Michele herself when her own protégé Ruth Alpert joins the conversation. Ruth connects all the dots to demonstrate how Eve's influence on Michele has directly impacted Michele's influence on Ruth, thus the legacy continues. Through her candid answers and funny stories, Michele gives those of us who never met Eve insight as to what she was like as a teacher, a person and ultimately a healer.
Michele has passionately carried on Eve Gentry's legacy over the years. In 2007, she teamed up with producer and Pilates practitioner Marion Kessel, to create Eve Gentry: The Power of Pilates
, a film tracing Eve's life journey. The unique archival footage within this film and the touching way the story is told makes this film an important part of Pilates history and very worthwhile viewing.
, founder of Core Dynamics® Pilates
in Santa Fe, has over 40 years of experience teaching fitness, movement, dance and rehabilitation. She is a former dancer and choreographer who trained at the Julliard School of Music
in New York City, and received a B.A. in Holistic Health and Dance Theater from Antioch College in 1981.