DARIEN, Conn. — The staff of Flair Fitness Studio, a close-knit group of Darien moms and residents, has grown its popular Zumba and fitness studio and moved to a new location in the Goodwives Shopping Center.
"The atmosphere of the classes is just so much fun," said Jo DeLuca, one of the instructors. A former lawyer before becoming a mother of two, DeLuca started taking Zumba about five years ago then started teaching it. "It's very relaxed, nobody takes it too seriously, and you can just have a good time while getting in shape."
Martha Guttuso has been with Flair since its inception. Also a mother of two, she teachers bar classes and body sculpting. "I love to empower other women and make them feel good, encourage them to do their best and keep trying."
Dina Fay was a client at Flair before becoming certified as a Zumba instructor. She teaches Zumba and Piloxing, a combination of pilates and boxing. She loves the new space, which has two studios instead of just one like the old location. "I think we've really utilized the space well. We can have children taking a class in one room and the parents in another."
Cecilia Matullo was also a client before becoming an instructor. She has made many friends since working at Flair and thinks the new space will help the studio expand. "We have a lot more foot traffic with women walking past. We've recruited a lot of new members that way."
Alejandra Maville teaches Zumba classes and Zumbatomic classes for kids. "It's not like a gym, where you have a thousand people paying membership. It's more like a family, it's more personalized."