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!
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In this exciting workshop, Blossom will explore the classical Cadillac repertoire along with simple and effective twists created by her mentor, first-generation Pilates master Kathleen Stanford Grant. She will also introduce some of her own concepts and exercises based on the traditional vocabulary. It will be a fascinating journey that combines old and new exercises on the largest piece of apparatus.
As she recently told Pilates Style magazine, the Cadillac is one of Blossom’s favorite pieces of equipment due to its incredible versatility. Come join us to witness her expertise and see how equal measures of fun and hard work come together on Joseph Pilates’ unique invention.
Time: 3 hours
PMA CEC's: 3
The health of our feet is critically important, yet rarely discussed. Blossom will share the techniques she has curated over the years to strengthen, realign and stretch the feet. The movements come from her own teaching experience, Kathy Grant and other Pilates teachers.
In this workshop, you will see how the feet are the structural foundation for our knees and hips. We will use our eyes, hands, balls, towels and pads to connect to the feet while investigating their role in balance and strength.
We will also examine how the feet play a role in traditional Pilates exercises on equipment like the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac and Barrels in addition to learning strategies for how to better incorporate the feet into your everyday Pilates teaching.
Time: 3 hours
PMA CEC's: 3
The matwork is such a powerful Pilates tool precisely because it requires nothing more than a mat and offers a full-body workout after executing the 34 original exercises. However, in my own mat classes, I feel like I only have the opportunity to teach the same 20 exercises.
The matwork is how most people are introduced to the Pilates Method and in this six-hour workshop, we’ll conduct a matwork reboot. We’ll look at Mr. Pilates’ “Return to Life”matwork repertory and order with fresh eyes focusing on the lesser-known and, often, less executed half of the exercises. Together, we will examine the essence and purpose of each to help us find the accessible movements within.
Breathe new life into your teaching with this invigorating workshop where you will have a chance to explore a familiar subject in a new way. Best of all, you will learn tools to teach the matwork (even the advanced repertoire) to a majority of your clients regardless of their level.Come ready to move and play.
Time: 6 hours
PMA CEC's: 6