We got the chance to do a feature with the lovely Kathryn Ross Nash who is known throughout the industry for her purity and devotion to the work, Kathryn’s client list spans the athletic and entertainment industry.
She was honored to be the first Pilates instructor to train the dancers of the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg Russia and has taught in Moscow, Chile, Australia, Spain, Russia, Germany, England, Portugal, and Scotland and throughout the United States.
In 2016 she was bestowed the honor of being the first instructor to teach Joe’s work on the Isle of Man at the site of Camp 4, where Joe was interned.
Kathryn worked closely with Romana for many years. Romana named her founding Vice- President to her Presidency of the Authentic Pilates Guild. Romana is quoted about Ms. Ross-Nash, saying “her work is like ice cream”, “poetry in motion” and “she is one of her best”- her “Star of Stars.”
1. WHO IS KATHRYN ROSS NASH?
I began my Classical Pilates training in 1982 and has had the privilege to study with First Generation teachers Romana Kryzanowska, Kathy Grant, Sari Mejia Santo, Jay Grimes and Edwina Fontaine. I am a Certified Romana’s Pilates Level 2 Trainer and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and was a principle dancer for ten years with Ballet Hispanico of NY. I sit on the Board of Directors and has returned to re-stage ballets and support the company I so dearly love. I hold a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an undefeated AUU sparring record.
Currently I write blogs for Pilates Style Magazine and various Pilates’ venues and travel the world training Pilates Teachers. Recently I opened a second studio in Bradenton Florida, The Red Thread Ranch and host the Pilates Professional Advanced Teacher Training program and continuing education for past graduates. This is a program where Teachers who have been certified and actively teaching for greater than 5 years gather to train in the application of the method.
2. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE MOTTO?
If its not fun- why do it?
3. WHAT ARE YOU EXTRA CURIOUS ABOUT RIGHT NOW?
The Red Thread of Pilates- being able to communicate clearly and share Pilates as a Method.
4. WHAT IS A BEAUTIFUL BODY TO YOU?
A beautiful body is a healthy body. A body that is true to itself in its highest form.
5. WHAT IS PILATES TO YOU?
Pilates is a foundational part of who I am.
6. WHAT IS THE PERFECT PILATES OUTFIT?
The perfect Pilates outfit allows full movement freedom while allowing the alignment of the body to be observed. No buckles, snaps, zippers or thick seams.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PILATES MOVES?
Whatever one I am doing at the moment- right now the down stretch with the push through bar off the side of the Cadillac.
8. IN YOUR OPINION, WHY IS PILATES SUCH A GOOD WORKOUT?
It is a full body workout that can be made to fit the individual and their needs but can change and evolve.
Kathryn appeared with Romana in Pilates Style Magazine, and now sits on the Advisory Board. She was a featured instructor in the premiere issue of Pilates Style and has been featured in the magazine many times since and served a writer for it’s blog and magazine. In the November/ December Issue 2017, Kathryn was featured on the back cover. She is an often-quoted expert whose advice on the method is sought after worldwide.
Kathryn founded the Authentic Pilates Union and was appointed Chair. She has owned and operated the American Body Tech Pilates Studio since 1992. She is the creator of many innovative workshops including: The Red Thread®, The Add On Mat®, Fix Your Feet, Connection to The Jump and Variations on a Theme – Mat and Reformer. Her DVD, Kathryn Ross-Nash New York Pilates and books, Fix Your Feet – Using the Pilates Method© and The Red Thread® of Pilates – The Integrated System and Variations of Pilates – The Mat©, The Red Thread® – The Integrated System and Variations of Pilates – The Baby/Arm Chair© and The Red Thread® – The Integrated System and Variations of Pilates – The High Chair© have been internationally acclaimed.