Pilates on the Bay is excited to welcome Blossom Leilani Crawford, owner of Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn, NY for a weekend of Pilates Continuing Education May 21st – 22nd.
Blossom will be available to teach private lessons on Saturday, May 21st. These lessons are suitable for teachers, teacher trainees and the general public. She will also lead a Pilates Mat Class prior to the workshops on May 22nd. Please contact the studio for times, pricing and to register. Schedule soon as these spaces will fill quickly!
Sunday, May 22nd ~ 9:30am – 12:30pm
In this 3-hour workshop, we will do a Matwork reboot. We will look at Mr. Pilates “Return to Life” Matwork repertory and order. Our focus will be the latter half and lesser known and often less executed half of the exercises. We look at the essence and purpose of each exercise and find the accessible movement within most of the Matwork.
Connected Arms, Strong Torso
Sunday, May 22nd ~ 1:30pm – 4:30pm
In this 3-hour workshop we will explore a collection of exercises from Kathy Grant and traditional Pilates exercises that focus on the arms attachment to the body. We’ll play with ideas on how to use the upper extremities to strengthen the symmetrical, or asymmetrical, torso and learn how to use these tools when teaching.
Register for one or both workshops.
Single Workshop: $175
Both Workshops: $275
Mat Class: $25
Click here to REGISTER.
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Blossom Leilani Crawford is the owner and director of Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for her playful and powerful teaching methods, which she developed during the seventeen years she worked with Pilates Elder Kathleen Stanford Grant. Since then, Blossom has made it her mission to expose each one of her students to the joy and satisfaction that comes from intelligent exercise.
Blossom had the good fortune to be introduced to Pilates by Kathy Grant in 1993, during her first year as a dance student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. A venerated teacher, Kathy was one of only two people to personally receive her Pilates teaching certification from Joseph Pilates himself. Blossom was impressed by the effect that Kathy’s exacting and intuitive approach to Pilates had on maintaining and healing her body, and continued to study with her throughout her rigorous dance program.
After three years of working with Kathy, Blossom became her Teaching Assistant at NYU, an honored position that she held for over a decade (1996-2007). With Kathy’s encouragement, Blossom went on to pursue private study with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanoyska. She received her Pilates teaching certification in 1999, after six hundred hours of practice and observation.
Blossom’s current work is a blend of her own considerable experience, Romana’s more traditional set of training methods, and Kathy’s flexible and demanding style. She is known for her ability to seamlessly integrate Pilates lineages as the situation demands, and for her insight into Kathy’s work. The diverse stylistic approaches Blossom can access on the spot has made her a sought after Pilates instructor at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
In January of 2006, Blossom opened Bridge Pilates to ensure a space where all styles of Pilates are present and honored, as Kathy had always taught her. In addition to teaching private sessions, workshops, and conferences, Blossom is a faculty member at Mark Morris Dance Center in downtown Brooklyn, where her vigorous group mat classes are open to the community. Most importantly, Blossom is the fiercely proud mother of two children-which means balancing the career she loves with her desire to get dinner on the table in time!
Click here to visit BLOSSOM’S WEBSITE.