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A: This is a very important question and one we are proud to outline. The underlying philosophy of the BASI educational program is a true synthesis of the physical, the emotional and the spiritual. Combining repertoire, process and athleticism into a structured process, BASI Pilates is a leader in the Pilates community, with a curriculum-based educational program. A contemporary approach includes the heart of the BASI program, the Block System™, offering a specialized technique for classifying and combining hundreds of exercises in the Pilates repertoire.
BASI Pilates is a true blending of the Art and Science of human movement, relating specifically to the works of Joseph H. Pilates. BASI Pilates honors and preserves the legacy of Joseph and Clara Pilates: presenting the original principles and repertoire (utilizing all the Pilates equipment), at the same time integrating contemporary scientific developments and evolution of the method.
BASI Pilates courses are fully supported with printed and electronic materials, including our Study Guides, six Movement Analysis Work Books and DVDs. In addition, BASI students receive credits for the use of Pilates Interactive, the unique online teaching resource, with hundreds of exercises, workouts and instructional tutorials in high-quality video. Pilates Interactive is the first of its kind in the world.
Outlining the unique qualities of BASI Pilates would not be complete without introducing you to the select teaching team that comprises our Faculty. Each Faculty member is a seasoned Pilates professional who has undergone a rigorous selection process and been chosen to represent BASI due to their knowledge, passion and dedication to the work of this unique program. With a combined total of over four hundred years of Pilates experience between them, this group of talented individuals offers the highest level of professionalism and quest for knowledge. With varied backgrounds in movement training including dance, academia, physical therapy, martial arts, and equine training this diverse group offers a unique combination of experience and discipline. We are extremely proud of our rich teaching team.
No program is more trusted than that offered by BASI Pilates. We continue to set the standard of Pilates education that all other programs strive for. We look forward to meeting you in person soon and showing you these are not just words but a belief system backed by action.
A: BASI is proud to offer three distinct programs to meet the needs of all interested students.
The BASI Mat Program is designed for those who want to gain thorough knowledge of Pilates without the use of apparatus. Students who complete the Mat Program may test for a BASI Pilates Mat Teaching Credential.
The Foundation Apparatus Program is designed for those who want to gain a thorough knowledge of Pilates mat and also seek a solid foundation of the Pilates method on the various Pilates apparatus. Students completing the Foundation Apparatus Program may test for a BASI Pilates Mat Teaching Credential. The Foundation Apparatus Program is a pre-requisite for the Comprehensive Apparatus Program.
The Comprehensive Apparatus Program is for students who wish to gain comprehensive knowledge of Pilates on all the Pilates apparatus. Students who complete the Comprehensive Apparatus Program may test for a BASI Pilates Teaching Credential, qualifying them as a teacher of BASI Pilates Advanced Principles.
A: Individuals with movement experience may seem to progress more quickly through the practical portion. However, regardless of experience, ”every body” has the opportunity to benefit greatly from the qualities the BASI program contains, if they apply themselves.
A: Graduates from training programs recognized by BASI are invited to register for ProBridge, the BASI professional bridging program. Alternately, previously trained Pilates professionals receive a significant financial discount on the Foundation Apparatus and Comprehensive Apparatus Programs. The tuition for individuals who provide acceptable proof of previous Pilates teacher training courses is discounted by 15%, and observation, self practice and teacher training hours are amended on a case-by-case basis.
A: Absolutely. Students who have completed the Mat Program will receive 15% off tuition for the Foundation Apparatus and Comprehensive Apparatus Programs.
BASI offers limited refunds for students who cancel prior to or during the Program. A $500.00 sum payable upon submission of your Application is comprised of a $100.00 fee for processing your application (“Application Fee”) and a $400.00 deposit (the “Deposit”).
If BASI does not accept your Application or if you cancel thirty (30) or more days prior to the start of the first module, we shall, as soon as practicable, refund all monies paid by you to us other than the Application Fee.
If you cancel fewer than thirty (30) days prior to the start of the first module, then within thirty (30) days of receiving your cancellation request, we will refund all monies paid by you to us other than the Application Fee and Deposit; because your attendance would be a deciding factor as to whether the course would run as scheduled.
We shall not be obligated to refund any monies if you cancel at any time following commencement of the first module (whether or not you attend that or any other module).
In the event of your cancellation as described above, BASI will allow you to transfer any monies paid by you for the cancelled program to any other BASI program for which you qualify, so long as such program is scheduled to commence within one (1) year of your Application to the cancelled program. In the event that you fail to transfer as aforesaid, BASI shall have no obligation to refund any monies paid by you to us, regardless of when you cancelled or requested a transfer.
Testing fees are not refundable and non-transferable.
Our refund policy is stated in full in the Enrollment Agreement for the particular Program for which you enroll. In the event of any discrepancy between our website and the Enrollment Agreement, the Enrollment Agreement shall prevail.
A: As long as the modules are taken in order, we are happy to accommodate someone who begins in one BASI Host location and then transfers to another.
A: For Foundation Apparatus and Comprehensive Apparatus students, it is acceptable to miss one module and continue with the course. You are encouraged to make up these modules at another location (at no additional cost) as soon as possible to keep you on track. Arrangements for make up can be made through BASI Academy. Mat students must make up any missed Modules in order to qualify to take their practical exam and teaching evaluation for the Teaching Credential.
A: We can suspend your training at any time and resume the program when appropriate. BASI reserves the right to request a doctor's release prior to your return where appropriate. Tuition fees will be held and applied when you return to the program.
A: We hope each BASI student will have the opportunity to work directly with BASI instructors. However, we understand that not everyone has access to a BASI studio or instructor nearby. For this reason, we are delighted to allow BASI students to apply one half of the required 100 hours to viewing Pilates Interactive. Working with this BASI approved online software will provide the BASI student a studio experience, including detailed instruction and viewing options.
A: The BASI Comprehensive Apparatus Program requires completion of 200 hours of self-practice (students are encouraged to begin these hours during the Foundation Apparatus Program). This practice is invaluable for integrating the BASI work into your body. Hours can be a combination of individual, semi-private, or group classes. The BASI Mat Program requires 40 hours of self-practice. Whether you are a Foundation Apparatus, Comprehensive Apparatus or Mat student, practice should be done throughout the course, and thereon. You cannot teach something you do not know and you cannot know it unless you commit to ongoing practice.
A: In most BASI Host locations the modules are spread out over a two- to three-month period. Students seeking a Comprehensive Teaching Credential generally take between four months and one year to complete their hours of observation and student teaching (after Module 6 of the Comprehensive Apparatus Program). However, students have up to three years following the completion of Module 6 of the Comprehensive Apparatus Program to complete the requirements.
A: Written: Multiple choice. Practical (Mat and Comprehensive Teaching Credential only): Demonstration of three or four exercises from the course. Teaching Evaluation (Mat and Comprehensive Teaching Credential only): Demonstrate your ability to teach BASI repertoire.
A: Written exams are given the day of Module 6 in each program. If you miss the written exam day, you may make it up during another course at another location, or arrangements can be made for a proctored exam time at the host studio. All practical exams and teaching evaluations in the U.S. are done at “centralized” testing locations multiple times per year and students pre-register for selected time blocks. If you are unable to make your scheduled time, you may reschedule by calling the BASI Academy. Outside of the U.S., testing is done during the last module of the Comprehensive Global Format.
A: If you fail your final written exam, it can be retaken at a later date. Contact BASI Academy to make these arrangements.
A: Once again, you will have the opportunity of retaking these exams at a later date. BASI Academy will assist you with scheduling. A retest fee will be applied. We encourage you to perform your final teaching and practical exams when you feel 100% confident with your work.