Founded in 2001, Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba exercise classes are ”fitness-parties” that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.
You will burn over 500 calories in one class, and the best part is you won’t even realize it! Like all good Zumba instructors, I incorporate salsa, merengue, cumbia, bellydance, hip hop, African and bhangra all into one fun, sweaty hour…but my classes are even more eclectic than that! I also work in great songs from 100 years of popular music and dozens of other countries.
What’s Behind my Dance Evangelism…
I achieved a lifelong goal of dancing with fruit on my head before I was 30, but starting a family kept me off the dance floor until I discovered ZUMBA™.
When I made a commitment to myself to exercise well, and often, I was better able to keep it by leading others in the most enjoyable workout ever.
A big fan of ballroom dance and Broadway & Hollywood musicals, I’ve taught teens to swing, was a founding member of the DecoBelles (bathing beauties/femmes fatales/pinup girls), and was the first lucky gal to wear the first Miss Art Deco sash & tiara.
But with Zumba, I discovered my inner hip-hopper and evolved into KRS-10. I teach classes at Oakland Tech High School and the Bellevue Club, and do Zumbathons and Demos whenever I can. Sign up for Zumbannouncements here.
And now a literary shout-out: is Zumba the Bandaloop come to life?
An excerpt from Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins:
After exposing corruption and chicanery in two governing bodies and three major industries, the program focused on a new dance craze that was sweeping Argentina.
“They call it the Bandaloop,” said the announcer, “and everyone is doing it.”
Priscilla sat up in bed.
On the screen, the dancers were skipping and bounding about the floor in a kind of exaggerated polka. Every once in a while, they would stop, execute a little backward and forward jitterbug stop, then, yelling “Bandaloop!” they would jump straight in the air, up and down, five times.
Priscilla sat more erect. “Morgenstern,” she whispered. “But the bandaloop is more than just another dance fad,” the announcer said. “It is a health fad, as well. Supposedly, it can add years, even decades, to your life.”