Since founding Konnect Pilates in 2002 in Mission Viejo located Orange County, Viktor and Kelly Uygan have been committed to their passion for creating unique programs that allow clients to reach their potential by conditioning their bodies and achieving a mind-body balance. With more than 30 years of experience as professional Ballet Dancers and personal trainers, Viktor and Kelly have had great success in their disciplines and found their backgrounds easily transfer to Mind Body Conditioning. They are both Certified PMA instructors, Master Teacher trainers with the world-renowned Balanced Body, Inc., and hold certificates in Pilates, BodyCode, Ki-Hara, CoreAlign, Anatomy, BODHI, MOTR, Balanced Body Barre along with The Konnector and Pink Ribbon programs. Konnect Pilates is a qualified Teacher Training center and a Southern California flagship education studio for Balanced Body Inc. Viktor and Kelly value their highly trained team and together they apply their skills with a caring and encouraging emphasis to help each person achieve their fitness goals and balance within their mind and body.
Konnect Pilates Orange County has been open since 2002 and houses over 5,000 sq. ft of state of the art Pilates and body mind innovative modalities. At Konnect you will find a comfortable, relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. You will experience wonderful energy while working with its warm and welcoming staff. Our highly skilled and fully comprehensively certified instructors are not only fully trained with the Pilates method but a wide variety of continuing education including; the Pink Ribbon Program, Bodhi suspension system, MOTR, CoreAlign, Balanced Body Barre and BodyCode. We are ready to get you on your way to a new you! At Konnect Pilates our instructors are some of the most caring people you will ever meet. They will guide and encourage you through fresh new concepts of fitness at any level or need designing an exercise program that brings you great results. It is our goal to help improve the outer you while at the same time pampering the inner you for a greater mind-body balance!
About 27 years ago, Viktor began studying with Master Pino Carbone, creator of the BodyCode System and owner of the Gyrotonic center in Florence, Italy. Viktor’s long history in dance and fitness led him to Pilates after moving to the United States in 1992. Viktor continued to study and practice Pilates and was officially PMA [Pilates Method Alliance] certified in 2001 by DK Body Balancing through the University of Nevada. He is now owner and an instructor at Konnect Pilates as well as the inventor of the “Konnector”, a break-through accessory used in this form of exercise on the Pilates universal reformer.
Currently, Viktor is part of the world leading Balanced Body Education as a Master Teacher instructing teacher training courses with all 8 Pilates Modules, Anatomy in 3D, BODHI, MOTR and The CoreAlign. He also holds certifications with Pilates for Golf specializing in the training of golfers, the Ki-hara technique for resistance flexibility and strength training as well as the American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum for young dancers. Viktor has a variety of his own workshops and his Konnector Training that he presents in Pilates conferences and privately owned studios worldwide. You can see Viktor in many instructional Videos and PodCasts with Balanced Body Inc., on Pilates Anytime as well as articles in Pilates Style magazine.
He is the first Advanced Teacher Trainer and Master Instructor for the entire Body Code system and the first to introduce the entire line of BodyCode equipment in the United States along with being the US and Canadian distributor for the line of products with his own company Body Mind E.
Mr. Uygan has an extensive background in dance. His studies began with Ankara State Company in Ankara, Turkey. He continued training at the Hamlyn School of Ballet in Florence, Italy under the direction of Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens. He received elementary-advanced diplomas with honors in the Cecchetti technique. Viktor continued dancing and has 15 years of professional experience dancing with companies such as Ankara State and Hartford Ballet as well as a guest performing in the United States and Europe. He has worked with such greats as David Allan, Kirk Peterson, Richard Glasstone, AnnMarie DeAngelo and Alla Osipenko along with many ballets by Balanchine, Tudor, Grahm, Choo San Goh and with Wayne Sleep for a tribute to Princess Diana. Viktor is certified with the American Ballet Theater national training curriculum for young dancers. He has been coaching dancers for technique, professional careers and national competitions winning numerous 1st places with his students nationally and internationally. His work has presented at Gala performances in Germany and New York and also won the YAGP Best Choreographer award for 2007 and 2008.
Kelly, a former professional ballet dancer and Co-Owner of Konnect Pilates Studio, has been a certified PMA [Pilates method Alliance] certified instructor for over 30 years. She trained originally with renowned second generation Pilates instructor, Diane Diefenderfer .
Kelly is also an active Master Trainer with Balanced Body Education, instructing teacher training 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 students in technique, pointe, variations and Pilates in both lower and Pre-Professional divisions. 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, 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 the past 16years.
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.
Alexandra Zaldivar: Having danced since she was 3, Alexandra has always been physically active and enjoyed learning how to push the bodyís limits and boundaries. She has trained with the Vaganova method and completed 2 years as a Dance major at CSULB while dancing with Leverage Dance. Then was accepted into SUNY Purchase College in NY as a Dance Major. Alexandra experienced a subluxation of the patella and found that Pilates was effective in the healing and rehabilitation process realizing her passion was in healing people. In 2012 she completed her fully comprehensive BASI Pilates Certification. Alexandra also received Certifications for ìPilates for Injuries and Pathologiesî, ìPilates for Dancersî and ìPilates for Chronic Pain Syndromesî. In addition to these accomplishments, she has been a studio director. Alexandra strives to share her love and enjoyment of the Pilates with her clients helping them to understand that Pilates isnít just a workout, itís a way of life.
Alexis has always been active, whether it be through sports or music. Growing up near Chicago, she had plenty of options to pursue both. Playing Field Hockey and Soccer became a large part of her life, but with a severe knee injury, her ambitions to play Field Hockey at a collegiate level were put on hold. Going through reconstructive surgery and intensive rehabilitation to replace her ACL, she realized that she no longer wanted to put herself through the strain and stress that these sports demanded from the body.
Struggling to find an outlet for stress and exercise for the next few years, she began taking a Latin-based dance class at a local fitness club. After a few months, she began teaching the class in 2004 and developed it over the next 9 years.
Pilates came into her life in 2009. She developed tendonitis and was introduced to the reformer by her boss at the time. She was encouraged to begin her Pilates certification and started teaching Pilates Reformer shortly after. She has her initial certification with Peak Pilates but found that her natural tendencies in teaching strayed in a different direction. She began working with a Balanced body faculty member/teacher trainer and has been mentored by her for the last 3 1/2 years.
Alexis also has her 200 hr Yoga certification through the initial LifePowerYoga certification. She was fortunate to be taught by John Salisbury and Jen Chiarelli, as visiting instructors, from the former At One yoga studio in Arizona.
Alexis is looking to further her education through Balanced Body, but also to continue learning from all methods so that she can incorporate that knowledge into her teaching. She believes in the power the mind has within the body and its ability to not only heal oneself emotionally but also physically. She is fascinated with the detail involved in teaching Pilates and enjoys the challenges each body presents.
Lynea’s passion for Pilates developed quickly after feeling the benefits in her own body. She has reached her own personal goals of strength and flexibility through Pilates. She hopes to impact in each of her clients a personal balance and understanding of his or her own potential, through correct exercise and movement. Lynea holds her comprehensive Pilates certification through Body Arts and Science International, founded by Rael Isacowitz. She continues her education, studying the Body Code System under Viktor Uygan and Pino Carbone.
Kari began dancing ballet at a young age.She studied primarily under Lila Zali and performed with Ballet Pacifica for over 10 years. Kari attended summer programs on scholarship including Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Yorkshire Ballet Seminar in Ilkley, England. Kari studied at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX on a dance scholarship and has a liberal arts degree from Cal State Fullerton. Throughout her dance instruction and career, Kari became interested in Pilates. Kari did her certification through DK Body Balancing accredited by the University of Nevada Las Vegas and approved by the Nevada and Arizona State Boards of Physical Therapists. After college, Kari worked in a corporate environment for several years most recently at New Century Mortgage as a Business Analyst. Kari loves to work with people and shifted focus from her corporate career to Pilates Kariís hard work in her former business environment and her dedication and love of ballet make Pilates instruction a perfect match for her.
A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, started dancing at the age of 11 with the Ida SauvÈ Dance Studios. He has performed with such companies as; Feld Ballet/NY, Les Ballets Jazz de MontrÈal, Theatre Ballet of Canada, National Dance Theatre of Bermuda, California Riverside Ballet and Ballet Pacifica, during his 17 years as a professional dancer. While Dancing at Ballet Pacifica, Mr. Gervais was introduced to Diane Diefenderfer, a wonderful ballet teacher as well as a most respected Pilates teacher and studio owner. Michel had the privilege of working with Ms. Diefenderfer for two years in the Pilates technique, as her student. After retiring from dance, Mr. Gervais was invited by Viktor and Kelly Uygan to join their staff at the ArtForm Studio and train in the Body Code System. Michel is now a certified Body Code System instructor and also uses the Pilates technique in training his clients. He is also a sought-after ballet teacher and choreographer who has worked with; Hong Kong Ballet, London Rambert Dance Co, American Ballet Theatre (Summer Intensives), Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Ballet Pacifica, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Orange County High School of the Arts, Universities of California, Irvine and Riverside, National Dance Theatre of Bermuda and the South County Classical Ballet where he was Artistic Director for the 2006-2007 season.
Meghan has a bachelors degree in Science and worked in health care for 8 years. The last few years she felt the toll of working 12-16 hour shifts combined with highly stressful work environments. Her desire to heal, teach and strengthen was still deeply present so she took toward personal training and nutrition. She worked at a luxury gym and enjoyed many different methods of exercise. She later was in a severe car accident and suffered a brain injury as well as immobility of the right side of her body. She spent months rehabbing and with advice from her chiropractor sought out to take some Pilates private lessons. Within months she was able to work out again with out pain and in proper alignment! She fell in love with pilates and is comprehensive certified through balanced body at Konnect Pilates studio and teaches MOTR as well. Meghan loves teaching and is passionate about educating each client about their body and helping them understand how to take their health into their own hands.
Heidi Coles began studying body placement, anatomy, and Pilates in 2004 under the instruction of her mentor, Karen Clippinger- now retired associate professor of dance at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), World Renowned Kinesiologist, Author, and Body Arts Science International (BASI) faculty member. Heidi graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from CSULB.
In her dance career, Heidi has completed two contracts with Stiletto Entertainment, dancing aboard cruise ships with Holland America Line. Heidi also appeared in several parades and shows at the world famous Disneyland Resort as a dancer and aerialist/acrobat performer. After suffering an ACL tear in 2009 to her knee, Heidi was re-introduced to Pilates for rehabilitation and from there it sparked her desire to become certified.
Heidi found herself under the instruction of Clippinger once again to go on to receive her comprehensive teacher training certification with dance specialization through BASI. As a student teacher, she began teaching for the founder of LiveLife Pilates, Leah Stewart. From there she went on to study Pregnancy and Pilates with Stewart, receiving her Pre and Postnatal Pilates Doula Certification. Heidi has appeared as a model in Stewart’s exercise breakdown videos, which appear on her YouTube Channel, Club Pilates on Demand App. She also received the privilege of working with one of the leading Pilates companies worldwide, Balanced Body as a demonstrator and blogger.
Movement has always been apart of Heidi’s life, once competitive swimmer turned dancer/acrobat, she believes Pilates is a great outlet to release energy, condition the body, and gain a sense of empowerment and strength. She believes in keeping a well-rounded, movement practice, incorporating weight lifting, calisthenics, and other movement modalities into her daily routine.
After 4 years’ experience, teaching within a Pilates Therapy/Rehabilitation environment, Heidi finds that her position as a Pilates instructor is an opportunity to share how movement can heal and bring joy not just physically but mentally.
Kelley Brown is originally from Northern California. She has studied various dance forms including Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Contemporary, Military and Hip Hop for the past 25 years. Kelley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance with honors, along with a minor in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Chapman University.
Kelley is a BASI certified Pilates Instructor with comprehensive dance specialization, along with a certification in Burn At The Barre. Kelley has been apart of the United Spirit Association for 10 years where she teaches with the Dance Staff as a Head Instructor. She is apart of the program development team for the Dance Program as well as a Judge for the USA in both regional and national competitions.
She currently resides in South Orange County where she has taught various styles of Dance and Pilates at studios and universities all over the West Coast.
Taryn began figure skating at the age of 3 and introduced dance into the mix when she was 8. She continued figure skating for the next 15 years, competing and completing her senior gold medal tests, eventually moving on to dance full time. Pilates came into the mix very early on as a form of physical therapy for a back injury sustained from the daily impact figure skaters face. It was the only thing that could keep the rest of her body fit and able to train while protecting, healing, and correcting the misalignments that caused such injuries. After skating, she spent a few years traveling with LA Dance Magic and dancing professionally before deciding it was time to invest in her Pilates education further. Having taught dance for almost 8 years, teaching Pilates felt like a seamless and rewarding transition. She received her training from Balanced Body right here at Konnect from Viktor and Kelly. She has experience working with clients of all all levels, backgrounds, and capabilities. Most importantly, she loves to teach because of the encouraging yet challenging environment Pilates inspires.
Marianne, a Salt Lake City, Utah native received her BFA in Modern Dance, Minor in Health Education and a Secondary Teaching Teaching Certificate from the University of Utah. Following college graduation she was a Dance Director and Health Education Teacher in the secondary school system. Marianne started practicing Pilates in 1997, moved to San Diego in 2000, and completed a comprehensive Pilates certification through the PhysicalMind Institute in 2001. Marianne has also taught group exercise courses in BOSU Integrated Balance, LESMILLS BODYPUMP and BODYVIVE. She spent 8 1⁄2 years teaching Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby and Body Back for Fit4Mom, San Diego (formerly Stroller Strides) and 9 years as a Pilates/Group Fitness Instructor and Pilates Coordinator for Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center in Carlsbad, CA. Marianne is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. In 2017, she received her comprehensive Pilates certification through BASI (Body Arts and Science International). She looks for every opportunity to continue her education in the Pilates Method and other methods of physical training. She believes that everyone will benefit from practicing Pilates and gives clients practical ways to incorporate the work into other physical activities and activities of daily living.
Suzie started dancing at the age of 5 and enjoyed ten years with Ballet Pacifica where she met Kelly and Viktor.
She was introduced to Pilates through Diane Dieffenderfer which is when she noticed how it facilitated her balance, flexibility, and strength. She always loved technique so she fell in love the detail of the Method. Suzie understood how Pilates could help prevent injury, and in recovery and wanted to start to help others. Suzieís dance knowledge is Checchetti and R.A.D. summer scholarships from San Francisco and Milwaukee Ballet. After touring with Los Angeles Ballet and David Taylor in Denver, she became certified through the Physical Mind Institute in 2001. I have studied Golf protocols, rehabilitation workshops and most recently Anatomy Trains. Suzie has also been trained by Kelly and Viktor with the Body code system. She was Konnect Pilates first employee and left for a while moving to another state. Now that she resides back in Orange County Konnect is thrilled to have her part of the team again!
Season is originally from Utah. She has been active most of her life, from playing soccer, to running, and currently riding and racing mountain bikes. Season found pilates years ago after suffering a back injury biking. She began taking private pilates sessions as a form of rehab and with a dedicated practice, pilates healed her! Through this process she fell in love with the pilates method and has been practicing ever since. One more round of injuries was the fuel she needed to turn her passion into a desire to share pilates with others.
Season completed her comprehensive pilates training under the direction of Viktor and Kelly here at Konnect, through Balanced Body. She believes that pilates is for everyone, no matter what stage of life you’re in. From healing and rehabilitation, to preventing injuries, to athletic conditioning, and so much more, Season has personally experienced these benefits of pilates and is passionate about sharing them with others!
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