Kelly and Viktor Uygan are both former professional ballet dancers for over 15 years and have an additional 30 years of experience in the Pilates industry.
They met as professional dancers while both dancing with the Hartford Ballet under the direction of Kirk Peterson. At the time Kelly already had 7 years of teaching Pilates and 11 years of practice with Diane Diefenderfer, Ron Fletcher and Romana. Viktor had his experiences training alongside of Master Gyrotonic instructor and the creator of The BodyCode system, Pino Carbone, in Florence, Italy.
After meeting, they enjoyed sharing the knowledge of cross training plus dance injury prevention with each other. For both it felt natural to open a center where, “we could continue to grow our own practices and share our passions with the community and ultimately build a team of likeminded instructors who value continuing education and helping clients become educated movers.”
Whether it’s getting through everyday life, fighting an injury or illness, or succeeding in their sport or profession, this was and currently IS Viktor and Kelly’s passion. Over time, adding teacher training through Balanced Body and sharing their knowledge has become rewarding aspects of their careers.
Kelly and Viktor’s wish is to foster a community for both teachers and clients to be nurtured and educated in order to help people make a difference in their lives. Konnect Pilates is their vehicle in which to do this.
Some features of this one-of-a-kind facility are as follows:
- Orange County’s exclusive Dance Konditioning Program, which guides young dancers through a curriculum to help them reach their goals safely along with tools to take with them beyond their school years. This program was specifically first developed and inspired by their son, Skylar, 13 years ago. Skylar is now a Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada.
- Konnect Pilates is also the home of the Konnector™, invented by Viktor. Konnector is a cutting edge way to bring your rope and pulley system on the Reformer to a new level.