A longtime fixture at True Pilates (formerly Drago’s Gym) in New York, she continued to teach until about a year before her death. “Edwina was such an artistic person,” says Jerome Weinberg, another student of Kryzanowska’s who knew Fontaine from their years together at Drago’s.
Edwina Fontaine a Former New York City Ballet Dancer Who Went on to Teach Pilates For Decades Alongside Romana Kryzanowska Died on November 24, 2014 Photo Gallery
“From the time she was a teenager with the New York City Ballet, she was surrounded by artists and dancers. She even had a very artistic, graceful way of teaching Pilates; watching her teach was like watching someone on stage. She taught very classical, pure Pilates from Romana and Joe’s time.”
Fontaine had her first 15 minutes of fame as a 12-year-old student at the School of American Ballet, when she was featured in Life magazine. The multipage story about young ballerinas was the 1940s equivalent of a Diane Sawyer special. Life noted that in addition to up to three hours of dance training a day, Fontaine also kept up with a demanding regimen of creativity-enhancing activities: “To enhance her ear, she studies piano. To learn design, she paints with watercolors,” the magazine reported.
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