Diane Diefenderfer, founder of Studio du Corps/Pilates Center of Orange County, is a second-generation Pilates teacher with over 35 years experience in the Pilates Method. She holds the honorable distinction of being awarded a Master Teacher Certification from legendary teacher and mentor, Ron Fletcher. She is PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) Gold-certified.
Diane enjoyed a 20-year career as a professional ballet dancer as a soloist with the Frankfurt Ballet, Eglevsky ballet and Los Angeles Ballet. A knee injury in 1978 first led her to discover the Pilates Method at the Ron Fletcher Studio of Body Contrology in LA where she spent the next 8 years studying and teaching. Diane also studied privately with Romana Kryzanowska.
In 1987, Diane opened Studio du Corps, introducing Pilates to Orange County, CA and 2 years later, founded the first Pilates program for the Dance Department at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her extensive work with dancers, Diane has taught numerous Olympic athletes and figure skaters. In 2002, Diane began the Pilates program for the Human Resources Department for the City of Irvine. She has also taught mat classes at Irvine Regional Medical Center and for cancer survivors at Hoag Hospital. Diane has been a featured presenter at the Body Mind Spirit Conference and Pilates on Tour and continues to present workshops at Pilates Method Alliance conferences and Fletcher Pilates conferences. Diane’s work has been featured in the LA Times, O.C. Register, Sports Illustrated and Pilates Style Magazine. She is a Distinguished Faculty member for Pilates Anytime and part of the Legacy Project for the online site. Diane has given lectures at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea and Tsukuba University in Japan. She is a contributing author to a book, Women’s Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkens. Diane conducts the Teacher Training Program at Studio du Corps (since 1995), proudly guiding and certifying the next generation of Pilates teachers.
Diane, Associate Professor of Teaching for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, has been on the faculty of the UCI Dance Department since 1988. She teaches all levels of ballet technique, pointe and repertory as well as Pilates Mat and Reformer classes for the Dance Wellness Program.