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OUR MISSION ~ OUR VALUES ~ OUR FOUNDER

 

BriaFit Dance & Wellness, LLC (BriaFit) provides a variety of artistic, fitness, educational and recreational activities.  The fusion of dance technique, stretches, traditional exercises and wellness practices included in all services are designed to improve the physical, emotional and mental health and lifestyle of every participant. 

 

BriaFit is founded on the belief that everyone deserves opportunities to learn, train and grow in creative environments that nurture individuality, self-love, joy, and optimal health. BriaFit’s mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of women and children by offering enjoyable dance, fitness, and wellness services in a nurturing environment for all ages, body types, and ability levels.

 

BriaFit’s services include Group Fitness Classes, Personal Training, Dance Instruction, Choreography Development, Intensives, Performances, and Wellness Workshops.  

Bria Murphy
Founder, Artistic & Fitness Director

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I started dancing when I was 6 years old and it was a dream come true.  It’s always been my passion to share my love of the arts especially dance (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Bollywood) with the world via performances, choreography development and dance instruction. I honed my skills by attending a variety of dance classes and summer intensives including, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, and Evidence Dance.

 

I have over 20 years of dance training which includes public performance. I attended Coppin State University’s Dance Program in Baltimore, MD where I assisted in teaching beginner level dance classes and helped choreograph. Since that time, I've used my education, training, and passion for dance to create dance classes for all ages and skillsets nationally including Chicago Dance Month at Navy Pier, the Millennium Park Summer Workout Series, Baltimore City and NYC Public Schools, and dance studios in Chicago, Baltimore, DC, and NYC.

 

I've also been blessed with the opportunity to share my love of dance in company shows, festivals, churches, a Bollywood Award Show, Bollywood’s International Da-Bangg Tour and I performed with The Super Bad Theatre Company in Remembering James: The Life & Music of James Brown. In 2019, I relocated to Chicago, IL and attained Personal Training, Group Fitness Instruction, Senior Fitness Specialist, and Weight Management Specialist certifications from the American Council on Exercise while being treated by a physical therapist and holistic specialist in order to regain and maintain my health.  This knowledge and personal participation taught me that our greatest wealth is HEALTH.

 

I established BriaFit Dance & Wellness, LLC in 2020 during the pandemic in order to motivate, encourage and assist others on their wellness journeys.   I continue to train and create classes that include dance and fitness movements to all genres of music that will immerse you in my cultural and performance experiences while improving your health.  

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