In 2016 I went on a quest to find a dance fitness class to indulge my love of Musical Theatre, dancing to show tunes and getting a really great workout. When I realised that this type of exercise class didn’t exist, I took a leap of faith and launched ChiChi Fit in October 2018.

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What is ChiChi Fit?

ChiChi Fit is the new dance fitness craze sweeping the globe! It’s fun, theatrical fitness that lets you step into the spotlight and dance to your favourite show tunes whilst getting fit! 

Combing music from fabulous shows with simple-to-follow routines that focus on cardio fitness, strength and toning, ChiChi Fit lets you be the star of your own show.

Classes are designed for all ages and abilities! 

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How is ChiChi Fit Unique

Our individuality sparks from two different aspects of the business…

Firstly, we provide a business model to allow likeminded people to train to become ChiChi Fit instructors – getting paid to dance and keep fit all whilst living their Broadway dream! 

Secondly, we come from theatrical training backgrounds so are able to provide the very BEST training and choreography. ChiChi Fit have created fabulous, ready-to-go routines and playlists to save you valuable time and hard work.

ABOUT chichi fit’s founder

danella MERCATI

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Danella trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (GSA). Shortly after graduating, a job offer took her to the Caribbean and the exclusive Parrot Cay resort where she worked alongside many well respected performers, one of whom gave her inspiring and career changing advice. It was Sir Paul McCartney! He planted the idea of opening her own Performing Arts School to use her skills to their full potential – teaching, choreography and directing. He shared a wealth of knowledge about his own school in Liverpool, LIPA, and in 2003, CAMEO Stage School was born teaching musical theatre to young people.

This led to parents asking for adult musical theatre classes, however, it quickly became apparent that the thing they loved most was dancing to musical theatre songs and getting fit at the same time.

Danella has always been passionate about fitness and wellbeing and helping others to create healthy, fulfilling lives. ChiChi FIT is a perfect model for this philosophy carrying its own message of fitness and fun to a new and eager market. Danella has 19 years’ experience teaching Drama & Musical Theatre at The Cheltenham Ladies College where she enjoyed an opportunity to train at the Moulin Rouge, Paris, for a BBC4 Documentary.

ChiChi FIT and craig revel horwood

For such a showbiz-centric workout, I made it my mission to find someone I felt embodied the fun and sparkle of my unique offering, to endorse it…

Enter Craig Revel Horwood! Craig loved the idea of a Musical Theatre inspired fitness class and was instrumental in setting up and developing the ChiChi Fit programme, acting as a valued mentor and inspiration. He’s been unbelievably kind and supportive. Together, we developed ChiChi Fit’s first class along with the huge vision for ChiChi Fit’s future…all over the country and worldwide!

Craig now cheers loudly from the wings taking opportunities to endorse the company!

Today, with a larger supporing team at ChiChi HQ, we have newly-trained instructors spreading ChiChi joy everywhere they go, including Australia, USA and Ireland.

Craig Revel Horwood from BBC Strictly Come Dancing

ChiChi FIT mission and vision statement

We dream big here at ChiChi Fit because we truly know that ‘dreams really do come true!’ So, here’s what we want to bring to the UK & Globally with our classes:

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Empower people to get fit in a way that feels fun and energising

We want to bring out the most sparkly, fit, happy and healthy version of you through show tunes and dance.

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Continue to become one of the leading dance fitness classes in the UK and worldwide

We are building a UK-wide class and instructor base and have even launched in Australia, so watch this space!

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Train ChiChi Fit instructors to be the best and most highly regarded in the business

We want to get a worldwide base of instructors and become the go to brand of dance fitness!

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Promote a new feel of fitness

We want to provide fun fitness with a hint of glamour, showcasing our theatrical fitness with a showbiz buzz and show tunes that take you on an emotional, exciting, energetic journey!

how does it feel to be a chichi fit instructor?

Igniting passion and rekindling hobbies!

“Look at me, can’t you see I’m FABULOUS baby” Sister Act

We recently received an email enquiry from a lady considering training as a ChiChi Fit instructor. After referencing everything she loves about ChiChi Fit, along with her reason’s for wanting to become an instructor, she asked,

“What does it feel like to be a ChiChi Fit instructor?” 

This picture sums it up perfectly! You feel like you’re taking your class on an exciting, glamorous adventure into the dazzling, theatrical world that is Musical Theatre.

Dancing along to the best showtunes takes you on a journey to FEEL happier, to FEEL more positive, to FEEL healthier, to FEEL stronger and to dazzle like the star of your own Broadway show. You leave each class FEELING FABULOUS! (and a little sweaty!) 

We’re so excited to be opening our studio doors once again and welcoming new instructors to our LIVE in-person trainings. AND, we’re keeping our ONLINE trainings on offer too so there’s something to suit everyone.



Step into the spotlight!

Sparkle, shine, sweat and feel amazing

Be your own boss and the star of the show

All the while making great money

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Curtain up at 10am. The 'show' ends at 4pm GMT.

(International trainings - timings to suit time zone)




Learn in your own time from anywhere in the world!