How you can join ‘big, pop-up, sweaty dance parties’ in Charlotte (even if you suck at dancing)

1
1264
Kara Miller, creator of MiSFIT dance fitness. Photo by SweatNET Charlotte

“Cardio dance fitness was the only option where I wasn’t risking getting hit in the face repeatedly with a ball,” said Kara Vasseur, 25 — a self-described musical theatre nerd who stumbled into dance fitness via her PE requirement at Davidson College. “I definitely didn’t expect to fall in love — you can thank my instructors (now mentors) Megan Hively and Nicole Jordan for that.”

Three years later, Vasseur just launched her own dance fitness company, MiSFIT Dance, to offer an inexpensive cardio option with zero pressure of fitting in.

According to her website, the “classes are big, pop-up, sweaty dance parties happening all across the Queen City.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by MiSFIT (@misfitdance) on

In 2013, Vasseur started teaching dance fitness to offer an alternative to high-priced studio classes. At first, she taught free community dance fitness — then she transitioned into teaching ‘Twerk For Your Beer’ classes at breweries after connecting with the Work For Your Beer brewery fitness guide in 2017.

“Their focus on creating community and uplifting affordable fitness was a natural fit,” Vasseur said of Work For Your Beer.

From there, Vasseur was inspired to start a dance fitness company ‘for misfits’ that was all about embracing yourself for who you are, flaws and all.

“I’ve always felt out of place, especially in the world of fitness,” said Vasseur, who also has a full-time job in nonprofit communications. “I’m a certified personal trainer and group instructor, and I still feel like the oddball out most places I go. And if I can feel that way, being as entrenched as I am in fitness, I have to believe other people feel that way, too.”

Now, MiSFIT classes are popping up at different venues (included The Rabbit Hole, Free Range Brewing and Lenny Boy Brewing Co. in November), with routines intended for every fitness level, at a price tag of $8 – $10.

As for the name of the business? “It means not comparing yourself to anyone else in the room, in the world, on social media,” Vasseur said. “It means becoming a part of a community that loves and accepts you for for,” Vasseur said. “And, I guess more tangibly, it means having a judgment-free place to dance your damn heart out and work up a sweat.”

The class choreography is closer to what you’d find dancing at the club than what you’d experience at a traditional Zumba class. Expect a high-energy vibe, a “bumpin'” playlist (perhaps with explicit content) and the push to break a sweat.

Many classes also include a drink for participants over age 21. All classes can be found on the MiSFIT’s Facebook page and website.

“I’ve always been super nervous when I first try out classes. I want you to know that you don’t have to be ‘right,’ or dance ‘well.’ If you show up, you will be so, so welcome,” Vasseur said. “I hope people leave more confident, more sweaty, and with a bigger smile than they came in with.”

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here