Sean Gallagher Interview Part 1

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A controversial figure in the Pilates world, Sean Gallagher is a villain to some and a protector of the method to others after a trademark lawsuit over the Pilates name. We visited his studio in New York to learn about Sean's story and the largest collection of archival Pilates materials in the world which he owns. In Part 1 of our Interview series Sean tells how he got into Pilates and purchased the copyright to the Pilates name and other materials from Wee Tai Hom in 1991. Sean details what is in the archives including photos, negatives, apparatus, video, and more. He shows us the 'Iron Shoe,' an apparatus that Joe used in the studio, talks about how Romana's training program evolved and how it appears that the exercises depicted in Joe's archives did not change during his lifetime. Stay tuned for Part 2 when Sean shares more detail about the archives. Visit Sean's studio at: The New York Pilates Studio. You can also visit the United States Pilates Association (USPA) which has a lease on some of Sean's archival materials and makes them available through workshops.

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  1. mls292 6 years ago

    Do a Kickstarter campaign to get the funding.

  2. joelcrosby

    Big thanks to Sean for sharing your information and preserving the very valuable archival media. Big thanks to Alisa for putting together the valuable interview. It was great to hear and learn from. I look forward to the other interviews.

  3. Valerio
    Valerio 6 years ago

    Beautiful aspect of the History. Thank you Alisa you are a really benefit for all Pilates interest…. waiting the other two part with trilling…

  4. Carolillsley 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Sean and Alisa! Pilatesology is such a fabulous resource. I look forward to hearing the next interviews in the series.

  5. Sean, You have so much to share! I appreciate you taking the time to enlighten all of us. Alisa, I am looking forward to more of the interview! Thank you both!

  6. skysky 6 years ago

    Thank you thank you! Feel so connected when we listen to these incredible teachers!

  7. Andrea Maida

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful interview. Loved hearing Sean’s clear definitions of the work and what it does for the body. Very much looking forward to the continuation 🙂 Thank you Alisa and Sean!

  8. Clare Dunphy Hemani
    Clare Dunphy Hemani 6 years ago

    Hi Sean,
    I loved hearing the old stories again! I appreciate your clarity in describing the work.
    Thank-you Alisa for helping these stories be heard!

  9. pilates 6 years ago

    Thanks for posting interview, love to hear the historical aspects.


    Thanks for this interview. It is realy interesting to hear more about the newer Pilates history. Best, Reiner

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      We have 2 more parts to this interview coming up and I’d welcome any questions about newer Pilates history for a follow up in case we didn’t get to them all. It’s hard to cover everything in one sitting.

  11. Sean Gallagher
    Sean Gallagher 6 years ago

    Hi Martin,

    All the 16 mm film has already been transferred to Beta and 3/4 tape and am looking into getting it all transferred to HD as well as treated to help it last even longer. I will also be doing the same to all the photographic film but this is not a inexpensive process so it will happen over time.

    • joesmat 6 years ago

      Mr Gallagher:

      When would you expect to complete the process and do you plan on making it available to everyone interested in Pilates?
      Thank you for sharing.

  12. Martin 6 years ago

    Thanks for letting all of us in on this informative interview! Are there any plans to digitize what must be deteriorating film reels?

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