REFIT promotes fitness through dance

Chana Sweeney, left, and Kim Campano. (Submitted photo)
Chana Sweeney, left, and Kim Campano. (Submitted photo)

By Amanda Foust

Kim Compano and Chana Sweeney enjoyed their experience staying in shape with REFIT so much that they decided to begin offering the dance workouts classes on their own.

The Zionsville residents have launched a ladies-only Monday night REFIT class at College Park church. The program is designed to build confidence and develop the whole person in body, mind and spirit.

“We want the rippling effect in our community,” Sweeney said. “We use (REFIT) as a vehicle to connect people, hearts and lives.”

The hour-long class includes cardio and strength training combined with dance movements for a wide range of participants. It is designed for anyone from experienced dancers to beginners.

“They are simple and easy moves that anyone can do,” Campano said.

The same songs are chosen across all REFIT locations so participants can feel welcome everywhere. Online videos are available as well.

Both women began their REFIT experience at Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown, where they both developed a desire to become instructors. They aim to create a welcoming community with no pressure – and it’s working, participants say.

“I feel welcome and accepted by the people there, and it’s wonderfully freeing,” said participant Becky Brooking.

The class at College Park, 2606 96th St. in Indianapolis, meets from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. and is open to all ages. The first class is free with a charge of $4 per class or $20 for six classes thereafter. For other location options, visit

“We want you to know you are welcome regardless of where you are in your life, age, stress level or physical ability,” Sweeney said. “Wherever you’re at, just come.”