The Universal Reformer – Then and Now
11:30 to 17:00
Sunday May 21, 2017

In this workshop we will explore the differences between the current versions of the classical Pilates Reformer repertoire and the versions as shown in archival film footage and photography of Joseph Pilates teaching in the early 1940s. The subtle alterations and variations in form and choreography provide valuable “new” insights into the purpose and goals of the exercises. From Footwork to Russian Squats, slight tweaks to the designs of many of the extant exercises powerfully reveal and clarify his intention, and thereby, help the practitioner better focus on the intended objective. Rhythm and dynamic emphasis are accentuated, and consequently, muscle power is heightened. In addition to the variations on exercises with which we are already familiar, several entirely “new” archival exercises – ones many have never seen or tried before – will be learned. Don’t miss this great opportunity to expand your knowledge and understand your history. There will be a 45 minute break for lunch in this

Instructor Bio

Amy Taylor Alpers – studied Pilates under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original Pilates Studio in New York City. She received her Pilates teaching certificate from there in July of 1989. In 1990, after moving to Boulder, Colorado, Amy and her sister, Rachel, founded The Pilates Center. The sisters then created and established The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program in 1991. The school has since expanded to include an Intermediate Program, Advanced Program, Bridge Program, Master’s Program, and a Mentorship Program.  Before Pilates, Amy was a professional ballet dancer, and trained at The Juilliard School for Dance. She taught ballet in New York City for ten years before launching her Pilates career.  When not traveling the world to teach both foundational and graduate level Pilates teacher education, you can find Amy at The Pilates Center mentoring advanced teachers, teaching classes and privately to clients.

Number of Hours Education:  6
Valid for: Teacher Training? YES
Hours Valid for: Master Program? YES
Hours Valid for: Continuing Education? YES
Hours Valid for: PMA? YES