Let your SMILE change the world...
Don't let the world change your SMILE!
Ignite is not your everyday fitness studio. We are a dance based fitness studio that incorporates all elements of movement, as well as many aspects of wellness to encourage you to find harmony between your MIND, BODY, and SOUL. We know all too well the stresses of every day life and how easy it is to get bogged down and forget about YOU. Whether you are searching for fitness, a girls night out, or some dance therapy to wash off the day, we will support you as you take the time to IGNITE what sets your SOUL on FIRE! Meet us on the dance floor and join the Ignite Tribe ... you can always dance with us!!!
Gina Velazquez is a forever soul searcher, coffee enthusiast and lover of all things DANCE . As a mother of 3 amazing kids, She dedicated it all to them but was ready to do something for her. It was seven years ago when she woke up one morning and realized she didn’t recognize the girl in the mirror and at THAT point her soul journey began.
One day a friend had asked her to take a Zumba class, but Gina hesitatingly said yes because in her head, dancers didn’t do Zumba! But This was more than just Zumba - it brought this stay at home mom back to life. It reignited her passion for dance, made her realize how important her “me time’ is, and introduced her to a tribe of women she never even knew she needed.
Soon, merely taking classes was not enough. Gina became Zumba licensed in 2015, certified in the Vixen Workout in 2017, and Fly Girl certified in 2020. She got back to her passion full time and realized her “fire” was about so much more than just dance. It was about the community; the connection with the other women and men on the dance floor. The warm “hello’s” and exchanges, the sweaty smiles and the “HEY’S”.
Gina took her passion and opened IGNITE Mind Body Soul in March of 2020. Her vision is to provide a judgement free Dance Floor that men and women of all skill levels can come and let it all go. It’s so much more than dance and fitness, it’s about the marriage of your Mind Body and Soul.
Gina hopes to inspire others both on and off the dance floor to “unbecome” all they think they are supposed to be and embrace who they are meant to be. When you step onto the dance floor with her you know it’s time to IGNITE the FIRE inside of YOU!
Frankie Perez is the other important piece of Ignite. He is a natural born entertainer, DJ Emcee and proud owner of One of A Kind Events. . Frankie is extremely passionate about what he does and is known to be one of the most dynamic and dedicated entertainers due to his passion, attention to detail and commitment to reading the crowd.
When not working events, he trains as a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter. At 22 years old he made his professional MMA debut and in 2015 he made his UFC debut. Frankie came from a small town in NJ and always had a vision of doing more with himself,. HIs Mixed Martial Arts training from his teenage years is what contributed to molding him in to the powerhouse he is today.
Frankie has taken that training combined with his entertainment background and put his passion now into Ignite. When he is not DJ’ing classes to add that fire to the dance floor, he is teaching a HIIT workout to our clients and keeping everyone positive and smiling.
Ignite would not be what it is today without the commitment of Frankie and his collaborative partnership with Gina.
Melissa has been studying the art of dance since the young age of 3 years old. At age fourteen Melissa received her first Professional job starring as a dancer on the show “I am a Celebrity”. This opportunity started Melissa’s successful career.
She has performed on Broadway and with several record labels.
At the end of Melissa’s professional career as a performer she continued to educate aspiring dancers throughout the tri-state area, which ultimately became her main focus along with marrying her love for fitness and dance. Melissa moved to Ocean County with her husband back in 2012 and opened a successful dance and fitness studio, offering classes such as dance, dance fitness, Zumba, Pilates, barre, yoga, boot camp and more. After enduring several injuries from years of dance and fitness Melissa suffered from severe shin splints, stress fractures and eventually under went a cervical spinal fusion. She was told that she may not be able to teach dance/fitness the same ever again. Melissa made it her goal to defeat that prognoses and after months of physical therapy she got back into training her competitive Dance Company that she has now owned for the past 7 years and is also a Co-Founder and director of RISE Talent Convention.
"If I can inspire just one person through movement, then I feel I have accomplished what I am meant to do”.
Krista started her dance career at age 4. She is classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre, minoring in dance in college. She has performed in many dance ensembles and has been teaching dance for the last 12 yrs. In 2008 she got certified by Tanya Beardsley to teach Zumba which has been a huge drive and passion for her. She started taking Barre classes in 2018 and absolutely became addicted to the workout. She has subbed many Barre classes and got certified through ABT to teach the Barre technique. Her background in ballet and dance has helped her develop a fun, creative and safe Barre class. But out of all her accomplishments, her 3 amazing daughters are her favorite and her biggest motivators.
Tara Romano is a fitness instructor with over 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry. She has helped people change their lives by making healthy choices and creating new healthy habits. She is an inspirational speaker for women empowerment, serial entrepreneur, and YouTube star with over five million views of her internationally renowned fitness videos featuring her original choreography and love of dance. Tara has a genuine love for connecting with people through teaching Group Exercise and Dance. She is the creative director and owner of Tone and Tease ® which is a fitness program incorporating cardio and toning with easy-to-follow dance moves. She has traveled globally teaching Zumba Master Classes and Tone and Tease ® classes.
Tara loves working with clients of all levels. Her goal as an instructor is not only to teach clients techniques and assist them in attaining their health goals but to tap into their inner strength and mindset as well. Tara believes that health and fitness are parallel with our lives and that it is important for her to get that across in her teaching style.
Diane Ferrara is a dancer, fitness instructor, and Creator & Founder of The MoveMeant. She grew up in a dance studio, trained professionally, and from a young age always knew she wanted to be an instructor. After 17 years of teaching dance to kids and teens, she started to explore the world of fitness and began her fitness career in NYC. There she found a love for classes that were high energy, played good music, and got straight to the point- the BURN!
When she left her NYC fitness career in February 2020, she created her own class called TONE!, featured on her mindset & fitness app called “The MoveMeant”. This class takes everything that Diane loves about fitness and working the body, combines it with her background of dance , and leaves out the burpess (and all the other things she doesn’t enjoy doing). TONE! is low impact, high BURN, and so much fun!
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Dancing is Miriam’s Happy Place since she was a young girl. For the last 12 years Zumba has played a huge part in her day-to-day life. As well as it being her number one workout choice, it was also her therapy from the stresses of daily life. Miriam is a professional make up artist and a mom of three and puts love and passion into everything she does. Miriam took her passion for dance and became certified as a Zumba instructor four years ago.
She is famously known for her infectious smile and energy that she brings to her Zumba classes and anywhere she goes and she looks forward to sharing her Happy Place with You.
Karen is our studio “MOM-ager”! She takes care of all things Ignite ... Ignite people, places, and things. Karen is the mirror we all sometimes need to look into to see who we truly are, She reminds us daily and will always greet you with a warm welcoming smile.
“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take” - by Karen Uzzolino