Q&A: The Art of Cueing

by BASI Pilates


Anthony: Hi Sheri,

Thanks for joining me again! I wanted to get some information about one of BASI’s most successful workshops that you have been teaching for a long time called “The Art of Cuing.”

Sheri: Hi Anthony, thank you for interviewing me.

Anthony: Can you tell us a little bit about how this workshop came about?

Sheri: This is a workshop Rael created, it is one of my favorite workshops to present and such an important topic all Pilates Teachers

Anthony: I guess this workshop is suitable for every teacher, from those just starting out to experiences teachers? There always seem to be new and different ways of imparting information that will “click “with different clients.

Sheri: I agree! For the new teacher they that has gone through a Course, they have been taught a lot of information on anatomy, biomechanics,, philosophy, and repertoire and usually a little bit on cueing, they then begin to teach a quickly realize it is one thing to know the exercises and a whole other thing to be able to communicate this information to their client or class.

For the experienced teacher we tend to gravitate toward certain styles of cueing and sometimes stay with the style we are comfortable but it is so helpful to know and practice many styles in order to cue our client in a “language” they will understand.

Anthony: What do you cover in a one-day workshop? Do you use all the apparatus and talk about cueing various exercises?

Sheri: In this workshop we discuss in depth many different ways of cueing, we talk about the importance of the cue, we talk about how much we should cue in a session, what we need to know about our client in order to give them an appropriate cue, I then teach exercises than are not always a challenge to do but can be quite a challenge to teach such as the rowing series, and have everyone practice using styles they may not be comfortable with. Its wonderful because when practicing with each other we all including myself learn some great cues, and new ways to cue. I always say cues are free domain if you hear a good one use it.

Anthony: What do you think are the best ways to cue an exercise generally? Lots of imagery, or simplicity, or both, depending on the client? Do you tend emphasize movement as opposed to muscles in cueing, or a combination of both?

Sheri: The best way to cue is the cue the client will understand.

Anthony: Thank you Sheri, I really look forward to being able to take this workshop myself if I get the opportunity sometime. I think the ability to get a client to enact what you imagine is indeed an art, and one that needs to be developed.

Sheri: I believe cueing is the essence of teaching, a fabulous “Cuer” is usually a fabulous Teacher!

I would love to have you join us anytime, Anthony.


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