Kathi Ross Nash Teaches the Ballet Stretches using the Whole Studio

Ballet Stretches on All Apparatus

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The Pilates Leg Stretches (Romana called them the Ballet Stretches) on the Ladder Barrel, Cadillac, Guillotine and Swedish Bars are some of the most effective in Pilates but also difficult to teach properly. Kathi takes a 17-year old ballerina (her daughter Zoe) through the series on three different apparatus to show how they can accommodate varying levels of flexibility. You’ll notice that certain apparatus—the Ladder Barrel is an example—lend more support for a tight or instable body whereas practicing the stretches on the Cadillac requires a much higher level of stability and flexibility. This session will help you understand how to apply these marvelous stretches to the body you are working with. For info on training with Kathi visit: KathiRossNash.com.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Reb 8 years ago

    Thank you again Kathi and great work, Zoe!

  2. kirsty hall 8 years ago

    What a lovely rubberband too! I’m a (mature) student starting to understand the equipment and the “threads” – coud you tell me what Clara’s stretches are please?

    • lainey48 8 years ago

      Love ballet! I did the beginning of this mat class with a mat and my stair railing. Loved watching your daughter- she must be a beautiful ballet dancer. Could you do another class of ballet stretches at a bar? I can use my stair railing!!

      • Kathi Ross Nash Author

        Traditionally I use the back of the ladder barrel or the Swedish bars to do my stretches but you can do the exact same sequence on a ballet bar. It would be lovely!!!

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Clara’s stretches will be on a new lesson on pilatesology very soon!

      • DianaMoore

        Could you define and clarify “Clara’s Stretches?” What muscles are trained? How do you partner with your client? What are the touch cues and verbal cues? What specifically are you monitoring? What makes these stretches unique? Thank you very much.

  3. mlmllm68 8 years ago

    Thanks for the class. One question : when is better doing these stretches? At the beginning , during or at the end of lesson ? Ciao m

  4. tllyon 8 years ago

    Impressive and well done! Love seeing the variety and the cueing. Not to mention Zoe allows us to see correction. Does she always do as she’s told? : ) This is the first time I’ve seen the Swedish Bars shown which is how I came to the video. I would love to see more exercises using it! Thanks Kathy!

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      I will try to do that next time! there actually is some wonderful exercises on the bars!

      • Kathi Ross Nash Author

        BTW Zoe ONLY listens when a camera is on… may need to hire a crew to follow her LOL!

        • tllyon 8 years ago

          Haha! Better Zoe than me! And yes, please add the bars but I will watch your videos even if you don’t : ) Love the progressions on a variety of apparatus.

  5. joesmat 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the IT Band stretch on the Barrel. I do this exercise on the floor, but, it is more challenging for the knee of the bent leg, whereas, when elevated it does not compromise the kness and really gets into the tight spot, especially when you soften the supporting leg. I improvised by using a table!

  6. Ynowak 8 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  7. lghammerle

    Beautiful flexibility Zoe! Thank you for showing so many options all over the place Kathi 🙂

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