Clara Pilates | Pilates History Research

This is the only known article so far that specifically interviews Clara Pilates herself without including interviews from any other teachers or Joe Pilates. This article was written a few years after Joe’s death. It is lovely to read some of Clara’s quotes which we know were directly from Joe himself, as she continued to keep his studio, teachings, and method alive.

Clara Pilates Interview

There were a number of fires in the building at 939 8th over the years while The Pilates Studio was in residence. This article is about one of those fires in the 1970s, and the photos show the firefighters taking Clara down the ladder to safety! They don’t mention her by name, only referring to her as a “victim.” Image first shared on 3/5/21.

Clara Pilates in studio fire

An article written about The Pilates Studio in the 1970’s, after Joe passed away. The article contains interviews with both Clara and Romana, and talks about some of the clients who were in attendance at the time, as well as others who were part of the studio in those days. Image first shared on 3/5/21.

"In Pursuit of Bodies Beautiful" article

Two obituaries written for Clara Pilates. They state that she passed away after a fall that broke her hip. They provide interesting details about her, although many points in the obituary written by Bruce King are factually incorrect. (Click images to enlarge.) Image first shared on 3/5/21.

Clara Pilates obituary
Clara Pilates, Teacher of Pilates obituary
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