Kathi began her Pilates training in 1982 and has been privileged to study with first generation teachers Romana Kryzanowska, Kathy Grant, Sari Mejia Santo, Jay Grimes and Edwina Fontaine. She was a Certified Romana’s Pilates Level 2 Trainer, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and was a principle dancer for ten years with Ballet Hispanico of NY, where she often returns to re-stage ballets. She holds a second-degree black belt in Te Kwon Do and an undefeated AUU sparring record.
Kathi worked closely with Romana for many years. She is the only woman to demonstrate on both the Romana’s Pilates Mat DVDs and the Legacy Series DVDs. Romana once said … “her work is like ice cream” and she is one of her best, her “Star of Stars.”
Kathi appeared with Romana in Pilates Style Magazine and has been featured in the magazine many times since and served a writer for its blog and magazine. She is an often-quoted expert whose advice on the Method is sought worldwide.
Known throughout the industry for her purity and devotion to the work, Kathi’s client list spans the entertainment industry. She was honored to be the first Pilates instructor to train the dancers of the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg Russia and has taught in Chile, Australia, Spain, Russia and throughout the United States.
Kathi was appointed Chair of the Authentic Pilates Union and has owned and operated the American Body Tech Pilates Studio since 1992. She is the creator of many innovative workshops including: The Red Thread ™, The Add On Mat ™, Fix Your Feet ™, Connection to the Jump and Variations on a Theme – Mat & Reformer ™. Her DVD, “Kathryn Ross-Nash New York Pilates” and her first book, Fix Your Feet- Using the Pilates Method, have been acclaimed worldwide.
In 2015, Kathi released her second book The Red Thread: The Integrated System and Variations of Pilates – The Mat. The book represents Kathi’s 35 years of experience in the Pilates Method and presents an understanding that the Method is NOT black and white, but a beautiful colorful canvas as unique as the bodies before us. Kathi’s third book, The Red Thread: The Integrated System and Variations of Pilates – The Arm/Baby Chair, is set for publication in late 2016/early 2017.
“My favorite thing in the world is to be able to teach the work I believe in so strongly, as my teachers so generously taught it to me,” says Kathi.