Kelly, a former ballet professional ballet dancer and Co-Owner of Konnect Pilates Studio, she is a certified PMA [Pilates method Alliance] certified instructor and her teaching experience as a pilates instructor exceeds over 30 years. She trained originally with renowned Pilates instructor Diane Diefenderfer.
Kelly is also an active faculty member with the Balanced Body Education, instructing teacher trainers in all 8 Pilates Modules plus Anatomy and Balanced Body Barre. She is also on Faculty with American Ballet Theatre’s West Coast William J Gillespie School at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts training Levels 2 and 4. She holds certifications with: The Pilates method Alliance, American Ballet Theater’s National training Curriculum for young dancers; Resistance Flexibility and Strength training with the Ki-Hara technique used by Olympic swimmer Dara; The Pink Ribbon Program, a Post-Operative workout enhancing recovery for breast cancer survivors; CoreAlign, BBBarre, BODHI and the entire BodyCode system in which she is a Master Teacher of training under Mr. Carbone Master Gyrotonics teacher and inventor of the BodyCode system for 10years.
With an extensive dance background, Miss Uygan danced since age six. Her training includes Scholarships with Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She has danced professionally as well as been a guest artist in ballets, competitions, musicals and operas in the United States and abroad.
In addition, she was a recipient of a third place medal for the National foundation of the Arts competition in Miami, Florida and danced for a tribute to Tchaikovsky at the Hollywood Bowl. Most notably Kelly was a principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut. She performed and toured Principal roles in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, Le Corsaire staged by Alla Osipenko and may ballets by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Choo San Goh, Nijinsky and Martha Grahm along with having several roles created for her by choreographers such as Jean Grand Maitre, Kirk Peterson, Colin Conner, Robert Sund and Grahm Lustig from the United States and Europe.
Kelly has also worked as a Ballet Mistress and director staging such ballets as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker along with being a private coach for ballet dancers and figure skaters for over 15 years.
The studio, and Kelly truly help educate the clients about the service they provided. The staff are very friendly, helpful and make ever one feel welcomed. I’ve been to many studios and Konnect is by far the best!Agustin G.
Beautiful studio, top of the line and innovative equipment. Offers a wide variety of services, classes, and trainings. Experienced, committed, knowledgeable and welcoming owners. Can’t say enough good things about Kelly and Konnect Pilates…only down side is that I live in Florida! 🙂Melodie B.
I really appreciate the knowledge that Viktor and Kelly bring into their teaching, as well as, the comfortable environment!Amy H.