MAY 5-7, 2017

 
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Congress


By selecting Mönchengladbach, Joseph’s hometown, as the location of the International Pilates Heritage Congress, Lolita San Miguel and its Board President, Kathy Corey, could not have imagined any other better place to host a Pilates event that honors Joseph and Clara Pilates’ life work.

Joseph Pilates’ hometown has a special feel that goes beyond description. The little street is full of his history with little cafés where participants can go to enjoy time together sharing Pilates stories. Joseph's plaque and the beautiful venue, "Haus Erholung", are truly to be experienced with passion and curiosity.

The Pilates Heritage Congress wishes to continue to honor Joseph and Clara's work in an atmosphere where the foundation of the Pilates Legacy and its deep knowledge is carefully preserved, exchanged and transmitted from teacher to student, for a united global future, sharing our passion for the Pilates Method.

Heritage is the linking of the present to its original source. The Pilates International Heritage Congress honors Joseph Pilates in his hometown of Monchengladbach, Germany. The purpose of the Congress is to gather dedicated Pilates practitioners from around the world to celebrate the life and work of Joseph Pilates. This year the Congress brings together a unique group of teachers who are directly linked to Joseph Pilates by their teachers. Each one of our presenters studied with a Master Teacher who was privileged not only to learn from Joseph Pilates but also to have Mr. Pilates blessing to teach his work. Along with the original work from Joseph Pilates, this year’s congress presents the work as it was taught to our presenters and the Pilates work as they teach it today.

Lolita San Miguel

(Founder and Creative Director)

I was born in New York City of Puerto Rican parents on October 9, 1934 and when I was 3 years old we moved to Puerto Rico. There I started studying dance at age 7 and loved it. When I was 11 we traveled to New York so I could attend the summer courses at the School of American Ballet. My father died of a heart attack 4 days after we arrived and my mother decided to remain in New York. I trained in ballet at the School of American Ballet and also studied other forms of dance such as Spanish, Modern and Jazz, as well as piano. I graduated in 1952 from Performing Arts High School, a wonderful school that pioneered the concept of combining the arts with a formal education. Upon graduation I joined the Slavenska – Franklin Ballet Company and toured the U.S. on a bus for 48 weeks doing mostly one night stands. It was a wonderful experience for a young dancer. I was also a member of the Robert Joffrey Ballet and the Ben Harkarvy Ballet Companies. Both Robert Joffrey and Ben Harkarvy had been my teachers at Performing Arts High School. Among the many places I performed, I often danced at Jacob’s Pillow in Lenox, Mass. Jacob’s Pillow would become more meaningful to my life since Ted Shawn, the center’s Director, was a good friend of Joseph Pilates who taught there often. The company that I founded Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico would also perform at The Pillow many, many years later.
I then joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in 1954 where I became a soloist, married the Concertmaster of the Orchestra in a much publicized wedding and had the enormous privilege of working with the great stars of the Rudolf Bing years. Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Franco Corelli, Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson were a few of the wonderful stars with whom I shared the stage. The Met was my “University” and my home during more than 10 years.
While at the Met, in 1958, I suffered a knee injury and was taken to Dr. Henry Jordan at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Jordan was Chief Orthopedic Surgeon and enjoyed treating dancers. He told me I did not need surgery but he recommended I keep the quadriceps strong in order to protect the knee joint and suggested I go to Carola Trier’s Pilates Studio. Carola Trier had been trained by Joseph Pilates. She was an ex-dancer and acrobat and her studio in Manhattan was frequented by dancers and athletes in need of fitness and rehabilitation. Ms. Trier had two assistants working for her Romana Kryzanowska and Kathleen Stanford Grant.
That was my introduction to The Pilates Method and the beginning of a romance, which has lasted till the present, more than 58 years as I write. After being a client of Mrs. Trier for many years she suggested that when I stop dancing, I become her apprentice to teach The Pilates Method. I apprenticed with her for 520 hours, (26 weeks , 20 hours a week) under the auspices of New York State University and I became the only person that Carola Trier ever certified. One day speaking to her assistant, Kathy Grant, I discovered that Joseph Pilates was alive and had his studio several blocks away from Carola’s at 939 Eighth Ave.
Kathy, who knew Mr. Pilates, and I decided to go see him and request he train and certify us as teachers of his method, under the same Career Transition Program sponsored by New York State University. Off we went and I met my idol Mr. Joseph Pilates who was in his 80’s, a strong white- haired gentleman in black shorts and white Turtleneck with a pronounced German accent and his lovely, gentle, petite wife Clara, who always wore a white nurse’s uniform. I attended regularly for over a year. We worked out, observed, and assisted clients.
My apprenticeship with Carola Trier and Joseph Pilates of 520 hours each could be stretched out to fit our schedules. Kathy Grant assisted in the mornings to Mr. Pilates before she went to work at Carola’s. I apprenticed with Ms. Trier and Mr. Pilates in the afternoons since I had a baby and it was personally more convenient. We kept track of our hours on sheets of paper that were collected and they were paid for our training by the Career Transition Program for Dancers. I assume this although I never inquired by whom or how much they received. At Ms. Trier’s and Mr. Pilates Studios I did Mat, exercised on all the apparatuses under the supervision of Carola Trier, Kathy Grant and later Clara and Joseph Pilates, Bob Seed, and Hannah Sakamirda. We learned by listening, observing, and remembering. The same way as I had learned dance and choreography all my life. I was quick at getting the box, straps, pole or whatever a client needed. I followed them “like a shadow” and was always alert and receptive, healthy and fit. I was there to learn more and was paying a person to be at home. This training has served me all my life and at 81 I have an excellent memory. I received my certification from Mr. Pilates on February 2, 1967. That same year Joseph Pilates died two months short of his 84th birthday. Kathy and I are the only two people he ever certified to teach his method. From the time I started doing Pilates I incorporated it into my ballet classes. I also taught Ballet and Pilates at the Metropolitan Opera House, Ballet Hispánico of New York, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and my alma mater, Performing Arts High School. I still practice Pilates daily. I remarried and moved to Puerto Rico in 1977 where I founded Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, the island’s finest ballet company, a school, The Conservatory of Ballet Concierto and Pilates y Más, a Pilates studio. Everyone who attended Ballet Concierto practiced Pilates as part of their training, from the 4 yr. olds starting with Creative Movement to the professional dancer. During my years in Puerto Rico, I taught over a thousand teachers, clients, chiropractors, doctors, children and dancers the Pilates Method.
After the trial in New York City that established The Pilates Method as generic, I was invited to go to Miami by Kevin Bowen and Colleen Glenn for a Pilates community gathering. There The Pilates Method Alliance was born. Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher, Mary Bowen and I were named “elders.” There I met Dr. Brent Anderson, President of Polestar Pilates and invited him to come to Puerto Rico to impart his training to my teachers and myself. I have always felt that The Pilates Method has to be kept alive and growing and that sport sciences and kinesiology have made great advancements that benefit our clients. I am a firm believer in continuing education and my advice is “Never Stop Learning.”
Dr. Brent Anderson and his excellent associate Shelly Power came to Puerto Rico and personally imparted the Polestar Pilates Method, which is especially valuable for those interested in applying The Pilates Method to special conditions and rehabilitation. The Faculty and I were also certified comprehensively by Polestar Pilates Education. This was an awesome experience for me, which rekindled my love for The Pilates Method.
In 2005 I retired as Artistic Director of Ballet Concierto at age 70 and have since dedicated my time and energy to teaching The Pilates Method internationally. I also enjoy working as a presenter with Pilates on Tour, The Pilates Method Alliance and Internationally.
In 2009 I began a new phase as a teacher with the Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master Mentor Program. The two-year program for certified teachers with three years of teaching experience has brought me excellent, devoted teachers from all six continents. They bond beautifully since they are all truly passionate about The Pilates Method. They named themselves “Lolita’s DisciplesTM” and they will be imparting my legacy to many others through my training program. They bring me great joy!
In May 2009 I started my first Pilates Master Mentor Program group in Europe attended by teachers from Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Holland and Germany. During the course of the training we travelled to Mönchengladbach, Germany to celebrate Pilates Day at the Frederick The Great Hall with a free mat class attended by 150 persons from neighboring countries. I was shocked to learn that Joseph Pilates was not known in his hometown. The next year, I celebrated another Pilates Day Conference at the Haus Erholung venue in Mönchengladbach with another free mat class attended by 250 persons. During this time, I was working with the town officials to find a site for a statue or plaque commemorating him.
One of the most memorable moments of my life occurred on May 7, 2011 when a large group of Pilates teachers, devotees, my Disciples and I placed a plaque honoring Joseph Pilates at the site of his birth in Mönchengladbach. The unveiling of the plaque was performed by the Mayor of Mönchengladbach, the Honorable Norbert Bude and was attended by other officials as well as by Joseph Pilates’ great grandnephew Wolfgang Pilates, who still resides in the town. To my delight, now when you speak to the townspeople, they are aware of their renowned compatriot. I also organized and celebrated in May, 2012 and 2013 the International Pilates Day Conference and a memorial ceremony at the site of the plaque. Since May, 2015 Pilates Day International Heritage Congress in Mönchengladbach has become an every other year event honoring Joseph Pilates in the town of his birth.
In 2005 I moved from Puerto Rico to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with my husband. I have a beautiful, large, and fully equipped studio within the facilities of Florida School for Dance Education at 4100 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens 33410. Here the Pilates Master Mentor Program and Lolita’s Legacy are taught by myself, Disciples and teachers trained in Lolita’s Legacy.

Kathy Corey

(President, Board of Directors)

Kathy Corey is a Master Teacher who began her career with the Pilates Technique in 1979. She has been the leading expert in the Pilates community for nearly 40 years. She is the Director of Kathy Corey Pilates. Kathy Corey Pilates Programs are taught at locations across the United States and her continuing education programs are taught in over twenty countries. In 2004, she designed the innovative CORE Band™, which is used in studios around the world. The Core Band™ Mat Class is recognized as an enhancement to the traditional mat exercises.
Since 2007, Corey has been the Chairperson of the IDEA Pilates Task Force. She is on the Contributing Editor Board for IDEA Pilates Today and is an IDEA Expert.
She has been selected by IDEA as one of ten people in the world “Who Inspire the World to Fitness,” the fitness industry’s highest form of recognition. She is an Advisory Board Member for Pilates Style Magazine and a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Fitness Professional Association (AFPA).
Kathy Corey is a “Distinguished Instructor” for PilatesAnytime, a global Pilates Studio, created for people all over the world to explore Pilates with highly skilled, well-trained instructors.
Corey is a PMA Pilates Gold Certified Teacher and a PMA CEC provider. She is a member of the PMA Presenters Committee for the 2016 Conference. In 2013, Corey received the first Plaque of Appreciation from Pilates in Asia for her outstanding performance and contribution to the growth of Pilates. In 2014, she was appointed as the President of the International Education Committee for Pilates in Asia.
Master Teacher Kathy Corey received the honor of becoming the President and Director of the International Pilates Heritage Congress held in Joseph Pilates hometown, Monchengladbach, Germany which is known as the most prestigious International Pilates Congress in the world.

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Renata Sabongui

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Reiner Grootenhuis

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Claudia Holtmanns

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Katya Smirnova

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Iva Mazzoleni

Schedule


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DayTimePresenter and Course TitleActivity and Course Description
Friday
May 5
8:00 - 9:15 Kathy Corey REGISTRATION – ALL ATTENDEES
Pick up your name badge and welcome bag and meet and greet the attendees.
9:15 - 9:45 Lolita San Miguel
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Kathy Corey
WELCOME CEREMONY
All attendees are invited to join Lolita San Miguel, Kathy Corey and the presenters to welcome you to Mönchengladbach.
10:00 - 12:30 MORNING CLASSES
Lolita San Miguel
LOLITA SHARES HER PRE-PILATES AND POST PILATES MAT
A complete experience of our mat repertoire acquainting you with the basics of breathing, pelvic floor, core work, spinal movements etc, and how to properly end a class standing affirming Perfect Pilates Posture.
Alan Herdman
STUDIO SUITE 1 - EMPHASIS ON EXTENSION
The course emphasizes extension exercises on various pieces of equipment. The course combines both classical and contemporary movements.
Jillian Hessel
THE WONDERFUL WUNDA CHAIR
This Workshop will feature Chair exercises I learned from Carola Trier and Kathy Grant, with a special emphasis on how precise foot placement enhances the entire exercise. There will be a special emphasis on upright exercises, which help our clients integrate the supine, prone and side lying Pilates exercises up onto their feet to work on balance, weight transfer and vertical postural alignment.
Brett Howard
DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING ON THE UNIVERSAL REFORMER
Students will have the chance to learn the Classical repertoire and deepen their knowledge about the exercises on the Universal Reformer. The workshop participants learn various approaches of the Pilates exercises, as well as learn how to recognize the skills involved in the exercises to strengthen those skills.
12:30 - 14:00 EXHIBITION HALL LUNCH
14:00 - 16:00 AFTERNOON CLASSES
Lolita San Miguel
HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY MAT
Explore the matwork with Lolita as she shares her many years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the matwork with both historic and contemporary exercises.
Jillian Hessel
CAROLA TRIER’S CIRCUIT WORKOUT
Carola Trier had a very busy Studio during the time I taught for her, back in 1981-82. She devised a circuit program for her healthy clients, which moved them around on all of the equipment during their 55 minute session. Together, we will reconstruct her original circuit program during this 2 hour Studio Session, and decide if it is still a valid workout for today’s healthy population.
Brett Howard
WUNDA CHAIR - WORKING WITH ADVANCED MOVEMENTS
This course includes Archival Wunda Chair exercises presented with innovations and progressions.
Alan Herdman
REFORMER AND BOX WORK FOR THE NOVICE
Join Alan as he explores the repertoire on the Reformer and introduces the Reformer and the box to the Pilates novice and the client who has physical issues.
16:30 - 17:30 PANEL DISCUSSION FOR ALL ATTENDEES OUR HERITAGE – WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR TEACHERS
Join the presenters for a deeply touching remembrance of their personal histories of the Pilates technique.
17:30 - 19:00 CEREMONY AT THE PLAQUE All attendees are invited to join the board and presenters for a special ceremony to honor Joseph Pilates at his birthplace.
19:00 - 22:00 PRESENTERS DINNER Presenters and board members invite attendees to join them for dinner (additional fee for attendees - register on website).
Saturday
May 6
9:00 - 11:00 MORNING CLASSES
Brett Howard
MASTERING CONTROL ON THE MAT
Joseph Pilates referred to his method as the Art of Control. “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit” Joseph Pilates (1945). In this workshop, tools are given to foster ways of attaining greater consistent control in Pilates. Participants learn various approaches of scaffolding and deconstructing the Pilates exercises.
Alan Herdman
STUDIO SUITE 2 - EMPHASIS ON FLEXION
The course emphasizes flexion exercises on various pieces of equipment. The course combines both classical and contemporary movements.
Kathy Corey
WUNDA CHAIR – FROM CLASSIC TO CONTEMPORARY
A balanced program for the whole body, this course teaches how to progress the classic exercises with innovative variations created to challenge mind and body. Learn proper set-up, spring tension and in-depth cueing as taught by Joseph and Clara Pilates to the original Master Teachers. Each program combines the classic exercises with contemporary movements to make each movement appropriate for the individual body.
Lolita San Miguel
REFORMING THE UNIVERSE
Joseph Pilates most popular apparatus with which he aspired to reform the universe by integrating the body, mind, and spirit for a healthier, peaceful, happier world.
11:15 - 12:30 Special Mat Class for All With Lolita San Miguel
LOVING OUR MAT
This class is open for all to share and experience our unity through the power of the matwork.
12:30 - 14:00 EXHIBITION HALL
14:00 - 17:00 AFTERNOON CLASSES
Jillian Hessel
CAROLA’S POSTURE ANALYSIS AND KATHY GRANT’S PRE PILATES
Carola started each new client with a posture analysis, which presented an opportunity for her to assess any skeletal misalignments, bond with her client, and set new exercise goals together. Kathy Grant didn’t believe ANYONE should begin their with Breathing 100’s. She devised a warmup routine of pre-Pilates Fundamentals for all her clients. In this 3 hour session, we will learn to assess one another’s posture, review Jillian’s B.E.A.M. (Breathe, Energize Align & Move) Fundamentals, and rock on with a Classic Pilates Mat Class, including modern updates and modifications.
Joakim Valsinger
PILATES FOR THE MILITARY
The requirement for physical excellence within the Military is well understood. The aim of this project was to assess the benefits of a structured Pilates program within a Military context.
The focus of the project was on ‘fit for duty’ serving Military personnel, and therefore many of the lessons learned can be transferred to other professions and sports where a high level of fitness is expected.
It can be assumed that to get to a certain level of competence and experience Military personnel have experienced some level of minor injury. These injuries do not prevent the individual from operating at full capacity, but if they can be alleviated and prevented from recurring, that individual will be more effective to the Unit.
This presentation will cover the assessment methods used to establish the physical condition of subjects before and after the project, the various test groups and some of the exercises implemented in the training routine.
You will be invited to take part in or observe Military Fitness Assessments modified to fit the project. You will also have the opportunity to work through the stages of Pilates progressions which were used to catch the interest of these already fit individuals and to subsequently build their capacity over 12 weeks.
You will explore some of the modifications of exercises which can be useful when working with the mindset of Military personnel. Whether you work with Military personnel or not the processes employed can be useful with other clients, including sports people and men in particular. If you work with client groups who expect a measurable improvement of their capacity then the topics covered her might be of interest.
Kathy Corey
STUDIO CIRCUIT - ORIGINAL EXERCISES AND VARIATIONS
Using several pieces of equipment in a traditional Pilates session is not a new concept. This all inclusive class for the Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair, offers a variety of patterns and sequences integrating movement for the all whole body. The work is adapted for the individual in order to teach every level of fitness. This concept keeps the program creative and inspired and promotes an integrated approach to each session.
Alan Herdman
REFORMER AND BOX WORK FOR EVERYDAY LIFE
Take a look at a cross section of the reformer/ box repertoire and link the exercises to specific activities and to everyday life.
17:15 - 18:15 RECEPTION AND EXHIBITION HALL All attendees are invited to join us for a reception and to visit our exhibitors.
18:15 - 19:15 European Film Premiere
A TRIBUTE TO JOSEPH PILATES
All attendees are invited to join us to this exciting event presented by Voll Pilates from Brazil.
Sunday
May 7
8:00 - 8:45 Brett Howard
LOLITA’S BODY WALK
All attendees are invited to join Brett for an Lolita’s Body Walk.
9:00 - 11:00 MORNING CLASSES
Brett Howard
MASTERING THE MATWORK
Join Brett for his mastering the matwork to experience various approaches for greater control as well as to learn how to recognize the skills involved in the exercises in order to strengthen those skills.
Lolita San Miguel
A TRUE PILATES STUDIO EXPERIENCE
Join Lolita as she explores the Pilates work on the apparatus.
Alan Herdman
SPINE CORRECTOR - CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENTS
Join Alan for a combination of classic and contemporary movements on the spine corrector.
Kathy Corey
ROTATIONAL REFORMER
Look at ways to take original repertoire movements and change the dynamics of your workout with rotational movements. Using choreography as a tool to help increase movement challenge and motivate students, you will experience a different approach to Pilates technique. New exercises will be presented using flow of motion and innovative sequencing.
11:15 - 12:30 Special Mat Class for All With Kathy Corey
LOVING OUR MAT
This class is open for all to share and experience our unity through the power of the matwork.
12:30 - 13:30 EXHIBITION HALL OPEN LUNCH
13:30 - 15:30 AFTERNOON CLASSES
Alan Herdman
CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY MATWORK
Join Alan for a fun and enjoyable finale to what will be an incredible weekend.
Brett Howard
STUDIO CIRCUIT FOR THE WHOLE BODY
This course includes movements for the whole body on various pieces of Pilates equipment for a complete studio experience.
Lolita San Miguel
SPINE CORRECTOR AND LADDER BARREL
“You’re as young as your spine is flexible.” JHP
Jillian Hessel
REFORMER - QUADRIPED AND UPRIGHT EXERCISES
Challenge your clientele age 50 and up to stay functional and fit with bilateral and unilateral exercises that emphasize core stabilization, balance, control and coordination on the Reformer.
15:45 - 16:30 CLOSING CEREMONIES ALL ATTENDEES ARE INVITED

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Presenters



Ambassadors & Countries



Our Ambassadors are devoted individuals who represent and embrace our philosophy of international community. They promote the Pilates Principles through their excellence and their continued learning of the technique. Our Ambassadors are local Pilates leaders who work closely with the Board to unite their communities and to promote the global vision of the International Pilates Heritage Congress.

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Congress location


Haus Erholung


Johann-Peter-Boelling-Platz
41061 Mönchengladbach
Germany
 
 

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