Comments & stories from some of the BlaZIN crew!!
During the pandemic, BlaZIN was nominated for a small business booster from K104! Here's what people who nominated us had to say: THANK YOU ALL!!
Kim and her team worked really hard to stay open during the entire pandemic. As everything was shutting down she figured out how to take her classes online and make sure everyone could participate. Then as restrictions started to lift, she re-outfitted the entire studio so that those who wanted to go back could. Her and the team continue to have hybrid classes available all week to make sure everyone in our little community can continue to participate in our classes no matter what our comfort level is. Kim's Zumba classes have been a wonderfully consistent destresser in these ever changing times. - Nicole
I'm nominating Blazin dance and fitness because from the moment the pandemic started, they quickly pivoted to online classes and still make them available to those who don't feel comfortable coming in person, they made the necessary adjustments to meet Dept of Health requirements so they could open in studio classes safely and most of all because they kept our group together during a time when we all felt so isolated. Being able to connect and have a normal routine even if it's a just a few times a week was and is so important. Kims classes at Blazin are the highlight of my week! - Denise
BlaZIN dance & fitness deserves this boost because it is a second home that I and many others truly enjoy coming to every single week and more to not only help achieve our goals but to enjoy each other!! Kim the owner has helped change my attitude my weight and my over all personality in just a few months of attending! She deserves she boost because she is such a dedicated hard working mother who really helps us all!! - Katherine
Being shut down for long months Kim did everything she could to keep us together....zoom dance...when we were able to come back (with members limited) she put an investment into keeping us with in regulations. She still does both for those who still are unsure of coming out! Kim has been and still is amazing keeping us safe! - Roberta
In the beginning of the pandemic the owner quickly presented classes on zoom to keep her students exercising,busting stress,and staying fit. When allowed to open with limits Kim Barna made us all feel safe to be in the studio and continued to offer zoom classes for those who did not. Blazin' is a small studio and I'm sure it was a hardship for the owner to stay open using personal funds to keep her studio open. LOVE BLAZIN Zumba - Bonnie
This is the best Zumba/fitness studio around. Kim and her caring staff take care of all your fitness needs! Even during the pandemic they all worked hard to keep everyone sweating. - Diane O.
Throughout this whole pandemic Kim Barna who is amazing has worked tirelessly to keep her students moving, either by Zoom or dancing in the parking lot or at the park. She is the best and deserves this boost. Her students love her! - Elsie
This is a great dance studio that I have attended. The owner/ instructor Kim worked so hard to keep the ladies dancing during COVID. Such a great person and such dedication to keep the fun going during a tough time! - Sherri
They have worked so hard to do virtual classes through the pandemic so that we all can continue to keep fit. It was no easy task and you could pay what you can afford. - Karen R.
BlaZIN Dance & Fitness deserves this boost because they have passion and persistence in helping the people in our community. This business not only helps it's members with physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle but also with providing a fun and positive place to build their confidence and let loose, something that everybody needs. They also provide classes specifically for seniors who need a little movement and socialization the most. Thank you. - Dee T.
BlaZIN has kept myself and soooo many others active and moving during this past year. Kim, the owner of the studio has gone above and beyond to make the studio a safe place to come and exercise. During times when in person classes were not able to be conducted, she organized virtual classes to still keep her students moving. Blazin is a special place to its students and Kim certainly deserves this recognition! - Stacey
This business deserves the $1000 boost because when you go into this business you are welcomed as a family. They are just amazing people and make you feel very comfortable. - Iliana
I am so thrilled that there are so many great classes on the weekends. I really appreciate all you do, Kim. I can't tell you how much going to your studio means to me and my well-being! - Elisa P. 2016
Kim, thank you for creating such an awesome environment where women, like me, can come and celebrate being a woman. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy these classes and what they have done for my confidence and general happiness. You are awesome! - Tedi P. 2015
Kim, I just have to tell you how much I LOVE coming to your class. It's usually the best thing about my day- your energy and crazy good moves are what makes it a blast - so thank you for being you and doing what u do so well! All of your students feel the same - so I just wanted to remind you. - Denise C. 2015
If it wasn't for YOU & your class, I wouldn't feel as good as I do now. You got me up on my feet. I don't know why, but after last Thursday's class, I couldn't stop bouncing around the house all day Friday. THANK YOU. - anonymous 2015
Thanks for getting me to want to get off the couch Tues and Thurs. night! Ask Cathy and Alyssa, they've been trying to get me to come forever and I kept saying no, now I can't wait to get there! - Eileen P. 2015
I've taken many Zumba and group fitness classes in a number of different venues and for me a great class comes down to 2 things: great music and a great instructor. BlaZIN always has both. From Zumba to Insanity, the music is pumping and energy of the Instructors is contagious. The entire staff is super friendly and always makes everyone feel welcome. I love BlaZIN! - Denise C. 2014
I enjoy taking Zumba at BlaZIN. The instructors are great; they are knowledgeable, friendly and caring. If you have a busy schedule you are able to fit classes in during the week and/or on weekends. There are classes for any age and level of fitness. The studio is great as well; one class at a time, and not part of a huge gym. Thanks BlaZIN Staff! - Barbara C.
I have been taking Zumba for many years and it has been the best decision I ever made. Joining Kim's classes was so invigorating and exciting. Kim brings it on every time. She switches up the dances and keeps new ones coming and inspires us all. Kim takes an interest in all her students, making you feel welcomed and important to her. The comradery and friendliness is heartwarming. Recently I have been having breathing problems and was afraid I would not be taking Zumba anymore, but Kim started Zumba Gold for those of us who have to take it a little easier at times. It was my salvation. Elvira Capitano really helped me with her enthusiasm and her routines. The classes still incorporate Zumba moves and energy that I can keep up with. Then there is Zumba Toning which has strengthened my core and my troublesome shoulder. My blood work has definitely improved my energy is higher and my stamina is getting better. I love going to these classes, they keep me moving. Love you Kim xxxooo. - Monica P.
I love the Zumba classes. I was never much of an exercise person. Trying to find my passion, this is it. I don't think I have ever followed through on any classes I have signed up for, until now. The Gold was what attracted me. I needed something not so wild. This is it. I enjoy both classes (Gold & Gold/Toning). The addition of toning is great. I even enjoyed the Friday night benefit that you had not to long ago. But I must confess, I only lasted an hour. Being retired, I prefer morning classes. I have actually attended a few evening classes, whatever the time does not matter to me. The classes have brought on a new found level of energy I didn't realize I had. I have actually thought about trying a Zumba class in my mix of Gold classes. You all do a great job . The amount of excitement and energy you all exhibit seems to float in the air touching all of you students. Thanks to all of you. - Marilyn R.
We all experience difficulties and loses in our lives. In an effort to move forward in my life, I decided to try a zumba class. Uncomfortable and unsure as I was, the moment the music and dancing started, I felt a charge and a surge in me. For a long time...I didn't feel anything but in that moment I felt alive! As I've continued to zumba I've grown not only stronger physically, losing weight and inches but mentally. No matter what your day was like or what your facing...in that hour of zumba, you forget everything and become part of something positive and fun! BlaZIN zumba is a wonderful studio, It is a fun and welcoming place where you feel welcome and can let loose and just be in the moment. - Marianne M.
Michele's classes are great, she is terrific I am really enjoying it so much! - Nancy H.
I consider myself lucky to have been a part of BlaZIN's family for over a year! Wouldn't want to be anywhere else! Love you Kim! You are so amazing and talented at what you do! Couldn't be more happy that I found BlaZIN and fell in love with your classes! You've had such a positive impact on my life..and I just can't get enough of ZUMBA! I most def have the "feva"! Thanks Kim! XOXO- Stacey K.
I have been going 3 times a week to Kim's classes for over 2 years now. She keeps the routines exciting, challenging and most of all a Blast. Her mix of choreography keeps you learning all the facets of the zumba fitness world. I am in the best shape of my life and look foward to every class. She is amazing and once you start your hooked... Second to none in my book Baby! Love ya and Thanks for Giving me the Joy of Zumba..and thank - you for being soooo dedicated each and every class to making sure WE are getting the full Zumba experience. You truly are one of a kind..... – Carla P.
I love my Zumba Gold classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings with Elvira! I miss going to a class with Michele & am trying to get yo the Wednesday evening class. Half zumba gold & half toning is perfect. - Fran F.
Kim, you keep me coming to Zumba Gold. Tried others, They can't hold a candle to you! You move left, I'm moving right , and we keep on smiling and moving. - Bonnie B.
You bring your awesome energy every time Kim. love it! - Laura F.
Being more physically fit is a goal that I have had for myself for a while, yet I was not liking the gym! Luckily I found Kim and her Zumba moves and I was hooked! The classes are challenging, entertaining and the music is awesome - all thanks to Kim and her talent! A shout out also to the awesome students in the class - all who are welcoming and a lot fun - it's a Zumba-bration! Love your classes Kim, going to, during and after I have a ;-) on my face! Love ya! - Liz K.
Thank you Kim for all your Dedication and love! - Donna
Kim, you are an inspiration! - Stacy S.
Love u & your classes Kim! - Michele G.
I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011 at 37 years old. I have a wonderful husband and two young sons so, you can imagine, this news was a bit of a shock! I've always loved to run but, because of the impact of a metabolic cancer on my energy levels, I was finding it more and more difficult to get motivated. In the middle of my treatments, I decided I'd try something different - Zumba. I learned about Kim's class from a flier at my son's daycare. I went to the open house at Kim’s new studio, explained my health issues to Kim to make sure it was OK to take her classes and, went to my first class in January 2012. She had me hooked the minute the first song came on! One of the things that kept me going when I was at my lowest with the cancer was going to Kim's class each week…. and I know it’s not just Zumba that I love but, it’s Kim! The atmosphere she provides is energetic, enthusiastic and encouraging. The students in her class are wonderful as well! I can’t thank everyone enough for what you all did for me – even if you didn’t even know you were doing it! OK... enough mushy stuff... let's go Zumba with Kim. XOXO Marcy K.
Hey Kim! I absolutely love your zumba classes! You have such great energy! You are so motivating! Your zumba classes are awesome! I always have such a great time! - Heather M.
Kim is the best Zumba instructor. I still consider myself brand new and I have no idea what I am doing but she makes it fun and worth wild..I do get lazy on some days and I miss a class and then the next thing I know Kim is facebooking me wanting to know why I am not in class... She is very concerned and loving to all her students. - Nancy Y.
I look forward to going to Kim's zumba classes all week long. I have always struggled with getting into an exercise routine that I can stick with long enough to not only start seeing a difference in how I look and feel, but then also continuing to enjoy it after that point. But Kim has managed to do that! You can tell she really enjoys dancing right along with you, her attitude is infectious and energizing. And she comes up with a wide variety of songs, so every class you go to you get a different FUN work out - and you don't even feel like you're working out! I am definitely hooked, thanks Kim for being great! - Emily S.
I was brand new and had no idea what I was doing. Kim really takes the time to help everyone learn the moves. It is a lot of fun and great exercise. I have made a lot of new friends. Kim even takes song requests. I love Blazin Dance & Fitness and I plan to go to Kim's classes as often as I can. Kim is a fabulous Zumba Instructor! - Jolene T.
I started a year ago , Zumba is the most amazing exercise I always loved music and dance , I made one phone call, there was the most sweet woman she took to me like she knew me for a long time, and now I LOVE KIM and I love he classes she always teaches new steps and songs, we have so much fun and I have met so many nice people we are friends we are a FAMILY....... love youuuuuu Kim! - Rosa N.
Awesome!!! Loved last pm....see you again soon! - Marie P.