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Meet Ninfa Skezas of Party Fitness in Grantville on Mission Gorge Place

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ninfa Skezas.

Ninfa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Originally of South American descent, I have been exposed to and trained on various types of dance throughout South America and beyond.  I have always loved to dance and been focused on fitness but hadn’t necessarily thought of doing it as a career.   Years ago, I began teaching Zumba and quickly developed a passion after seeing how lives can be changed with exercise when people actually enjoy what they are doing and I witnessed the classes growing at an incredible rate month over month.  I watched these classes develop into a warm community and a “Zumba family” full of love and support.  In 2010, Party Fitness was born, against all odds and competing with huge gyms across the county.  Taking this initial risk involved a big business loan, continued business education, hard work, and determination.  But most importantly, it involved learning how to help people to be happier and feel better with exercise and receiving continued support and growth through word of mouth from all of our members want to share their amazing experiences.  Party Fitness was the first dance fitness studio of its kind to open in the San Diego area, and our “family” continues to grow with each passing year.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a hard road with many business obstacles but always very fulfilling which makes it all worth it.  Like any independent fitness studio, there are constant struggles from the pressure to compete with larger franchise gyms to managing the day to day business and maintaining a solid group of instructors that keep our members happy and coming back.  We are constantly striving to improve, continually learning and doing our best to make Party Fitness a better place every day.

Please tell us about Party Fitness.
Party Fitness is a unique fitness/dance studio with a true community/family that supports both inside the studio and out.  Because of this unique and amazing environment, our members develop real lifelong friendships here in addition to all the benefits they receive both physically and mentally.  We offer a variety of classes including various dance fitness formats, Yoga, and toning, with Zumba being our primary specialty.  We are extremely proud of our community and all the events we do around the country to help people to change their lives.

Over the years, Party Fitness has been featured on numerous TV broadcasts including Univision, Fox, Channel 10, Telemundo and more.  We have performed everywhere from Balboa Park to The Brazilian Day Carnaval in both Las Vegas and San Diego, Petco Park and the Del Mar fair.  Party Fitness has also received numerous forms of recognition over the years including being voted one of UT San Diego’s Best 7 years in a row, earning City Beat’s Spectrum Award for excellence 4 years in a row and maintaining countless 5-star reviews on Yelp.

Through all my years at the studio, I have experienced so many amazing, touching stories from people that came to try the studio and stayed with us because they experienced significant improvements from injuries or recovery from surgeries in which they were told they will never be able to dance or exercise again.  People who to this day, are still members of our studio going strong.  On any given day, people are continually expressing their thanks, eager to share their personal experience at Party Fitness, the benefits they have received and relationships they have built.  One of the most touching stories that comes to mind was a member that was initially referred by a friend.  At the time she had just lost her husband and was battling a severe depression.  Initially, she was very resistant, but her friend insisted and was confident in what Party Fitness could do for her.  Eventually, she came to the studio for her first class and before long was coming consistently. Sometime later I invited her to join our dance group to perform at various events.  Long story short, with the help of Party Fitness, this woman eventually pulled herself from a deep depression and became a happy and outgoing instructor at our studio.  At Party Fitness, she found a passion and newfound motivation, incredible support and a family in our members and staff.  Seven years later and she teaching at our studio to this day.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Dancing with my uncles everywhere. They used to take me to kids’ parties but also adults parties and I remember dancing all day/night to the point that next day they had to put ice on my legs.

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