Kea Kapahua

Contact info:

My current schedule at the University of Utah:
To register through continuing education for a non-credit class go to:
or call: 801-581-7155

U of U Class Schedule Fall 2nd Session 2011  10/17-12/9:

Elementary Pilates Circuit T/Th 2:00-2:50pm        ESSF 45 section 027
Intermediate Pilates Circuit T/Th 12:55-1:45pm   ESSF 48 section 013
Intermediate Pilates Circuit M/W 11:50-12:40pm  ESSF 48 section 010
Intermediate Pilates Reformer T/Th 11:50-12:40  ESSF 49 section 006

Intermediate Pilates Reformer M/W 12:55-1:45    ESSF 49 section 008
Intermediate Pilates Reformer M/W 3:05-3:55      ESSF 49 section 010
Zumba M/W 2-2:50pm      ESSF 8 section 008
Zumba S 9-9:50                 ESSF 9 section 002

For private instruction please call 808-896-5622 or email to schedule an appointment.

Rates for private instruction: 
Single 1 hour session $65
Five 1 hour sessions $275
Ten 1 hour sessions $500

* Please call or email for student discounts. If you are a University of Utah or Westminster College student you eligible for a student discount on all private sessions!

About me...

* Master Pilates Trainer - Balanced Body University Faculty 
* Pilates and Zumba instructor at the University of Utah
* Adjunct Dance faculty at Westminster College
* Awarded as the Outstanding Fitness instructor for 2010-2011 for the University   of Utah Exercise Sport Science Fitness department
* Certified Pilates Instructor through Pilates of Hawaii 2006
* M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California at Irvine 1999
* B.F.A. in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA 1990
* Professional dancer since 1990

* Student of Life – “Should you meet resistance, take comfort- it’s a great way to build muscle.” – Beth Mende Conny

Kea Kapahua is originally from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Her love for movement (and the stage) began as a young child dancing hula.  She studied hula with the Beamer family, the late Aunty Winona Beamer, Kumu Ray Fonseca and Aunty Clarice Nuhi.  Her love for the hula eventually grew into a love for other forms of dance and movement.  She attended State University of New York at Purchase as a dance major and graduated Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a B.F.A. in dance.  Kea attended the University of California at Irvine on scholarship and graduated with an M.F.A. degree in dance in 1999.  She has danced professionally with dance artists such as Earnest Morgan, Wade Madsen and Dancers, Strong Wind Wild Horses directed by Shirley Jenkins, The Village Theater, Bill Evans, The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, The Emmanuel Tour, Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Trina Nahm Mijo and the Korean Performing Arts Festival, and Peter Espiritu from Tau Dance Theater.  She has been invited as a guest teacher, choreographer and performer for various events. Kea has also volunteered her time in teaching dance to children and teens through outreach programs in Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa and Thailand.

Kea’s Pilates journey began in the early 1990’s before the introduction of Pilates certification programs.  It was a practice she found to be complementary to her dance training and Pilates quickly increased her levels of strength, athletic performance and technique.  Because of the athleticism of dance, injury is inevitable. Kea has experienced Pilates to be an excellent way to rehab injuries as well as balancing the body and assisting in correcting faulty movement patterns. In 2006 she completed her Pilates certification through Pilates of Hawaii. In 2011 she became a Master Pilates Trainer with Balanced Body.  Kea constantly seeks to expand her knowledge of the body through various forms of continuing education.  Most recently she has participated in workshops conducted by Elizabeth Larkam, Madeline Black and Brent Anderson.

Kea enjoys working with people and helping clients to achieve their physical goals. She draws from many years of teaching experience through teaching dance and Pilates in larger group settings as well as personal one to one training.  She enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for movement and discovery of the body. Kea has worked with athletes and dancers, with clients needing specific rehabilitation, and those seeking a moderate form of exercise to increase strength and flexibility.  Her teaching style is down to earth, personal and, at times, humorous, creating a joyful and accepting environment in which to explore movement.

Kea and husband Dave enjoying the sand and the sea on the Big Island of Hawaii!