UW-Madison now offers Pilates certificate

  • Associated Press
  • December 27, 2013 - 1:25 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison is now offering a certificate in Pilates.

The program is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation in which a four-year university offers its own credit classes in Pilates leading to a certificate, according to the Wisconsin State Journal ( ).

Pilates is a body-conditioning discipline developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates.

Collette Stewart, an associate lecturer of dance at UW-Madison who helped start the certificate program, said a few other universities have partnered with outside Pilates schools to offer a similar certificate program.

"What we're doing is a teacher-training program," Stewart said.

The program is 20 credits and is meant to prepare students for the Pilates Method Alliance Board certification exam.

Stewart said the roll-out of the certificate program has been hampered by its timing.

It was approved over the summer when most students had already signed up for courses. Since the program will take students two to three academic years, current upperclassmen weren't eligible.

"Many asked about it, but it was too late to start," Stewart said. "We're looking to promote it for spring and fall."

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