Zumba is a Latin dance-inspired fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia in the 1990s.
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.
Most classes are an hour long and taught by licensed instructors.
I’d never taken a Zumba class before, so when I heard it was being offered to employees here at Via Christi, I wanted to check it out.
At first, I was worried about the footwork, since I’ve never been known for my dancing skills. But I soon realized that the atmosphere was collegial and no one seemed to care about what my feet were doing. I got some good advice from several classmates who were kind enough to show me the ropes. The best tip: Don’t worry about the footwork – just have fun.
I did. Perhaps you might want to consider it too.
We’ve created the video below to give you a glimpse into a Zumba class so you can see for yourself how much fun it can be.