Pub evening, Tuesday 20 November
Message from Susan Quinn
Dear Members and Friends
At our next pub evening on Tuesday 20 November the topic for the evening will be quite far removed from our usual concerns of planning, traffic congestion, short lets, vice and crime. Instead we will be hearing about something which contributes to the wellbeing of our community rather than detracting from it. I am very pleased to announce that our speaker will be Alan Herdman, a member of our association and a world renowned expert in the Pilates Method, who teaches right here in his studio in Seymour Street and who lectures and trains others in many other locations both in the UK and worldwide. As I am sure Alan will tell us, Pilates is something that can benefit everyone, from age 9 to 90 so whether you have ever tried it or not, or even if you have never heard of it, I think you will be intrigued to find out how it began, how it works and what benefits it can bring.
For those of you who don’t know Alan, here is a brief introduction.. Alan studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer when, in the late 1960s, he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. There he worked intensively with two instructors who had been trained by Pilates himself.
Although well-regarded amongst New York’s dance fraternity, Pilates was unknown in the UK at that time and Alan returned in 1970 to set up Britain’s first-ever Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries.
Alan now lectures on Pilates around the world, and he has written several successful books, including The Pilates Directory (2004), The Gaia Busy Person’s Guide to Pilates (2003), Pilates for Men (2007) and The Complete Pilates Tutor (2014). He runs a training course for Pilates instructors in London and supervises courses in both Athens and Istanbul. As well as running his own studios, he and his assistants teach in dance schools and designated Pilates studios internationally.
As you can see from this short biography, we are very fortunate indeed to have Alan amongst our midst and I am sure that you will find his talk most interesting.
As usual we will meet in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm. Although we have to finish our meeting by 8.00pm anyone who wishes to stay longer to have a drink or a meal is of course very welcome to do so. Please feel free to invite any of your neighbours or friends who may wish to join our association. New members are always welcome and this is a good opportunity to introduce the HPEA to others who live in our area but have not yet joined us.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 20th.