Ron Fletcher was an American Pilates Master Teacher, an author and a Martha Graham dancer. Ron 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, Ron was schooled in the principles of Body Contrology by Joseph and Clara Pilates with whom he studied – in their New York City studio – on and off from 1948 until one year after Joseph Pilates’ death in 1967.
Ron is best known for having introduced Pilates to the American west coast via his Ron Fletcher Studio for Body Contrology, opened May 1, 1972. Ron’s approach to the Pilates method incorporated Graham-based elements of movement and dance into the equipment-centric structure of Joseph Pilates’ original creation. Ron was the first to “take the Pilates work vertical.”
Ron’s development of his Floorwork and Towelwork – machine-less applications of the Pilates principles that could be performed in a studio, home or workshop setting – was crucial to the spread of the Pilates method.