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When Heather Andersen, the platinum-haired founder of New York Pilates , started studying the method in the mid-2000s, it was still a relatively niche form of bodywork. There was private instruction for those in the know; ballet and modern dancers also used the technique for injury rehab and cross-training, which is how Andersen came to it. (Joseph Pilates, the German émigré who opened his pioneering Manhattan studio in 1926, counted George Balanchine, Martha Graham, and Jerome Robbins as clients.) “It was too expensive for my friends to take privates, so all throughout my 20s they never really figured out that I wasn’t a yoga teacher,” Andersen recalls with a laugh, “because they couldn’t experience what I was doing.” Full story

14 October