Pilates: The Mat
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NDRF 1303
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Enrollment limited. An introduction to the series of exercises brought to the United States by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the 1920s and disseminated by his protege, Romana Kryzanowska. It's not the individual exercises but the entire sequence that has kept the Pilates Method popular for 85 years. Valued particularly by professional dancers and athletes, Pilates mat work strengthens core muscles while increasing flexibility by applying principles of "control, centering, concentration, precision, breath, and flow." Wear a leotard and footless tights or other appropriate comfortable clothing. No shoes are worn in class.