Kathleen Standford Grant Sweetrocks Inspiring Woman
Kathleen Standford Grant was born on August 21, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1930, at the age of 9, she began taking ballet classes at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Because of the racial attitudes of that time she was forced to take privates because of her color of skin. During her high school years she spent her summers in New York studying ballet at Carnegie Hall. After school, she moved to New York City and had a successful career as a dancer on Broadway. She then danced abroad in Spain and Italy with Claude Merchant and returned to the states to continue dancing with Arthur Mitchell and Donald McKayle. In 1954, she needed knee surgery and was referred to Joseph Pilates for rehabilitation by Pearl Lang. She taught at Carola Trier’s studio, healed up and then for the next ten years continued dancing with Arthur and Donald. In 1963 she married Jim Grant, a law attorney.
That same year she approached Joseph along with Lolita San Miguel to participate in an apprenticeship program for a certification through the New York State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. During the program they completed 2,200 hours of observation and were the only two to be certified by Joseph Pilates to teach his work.