Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. He was an aerobics instructor but came to class one day having forgotten his music. Instead he turned on the music he had been playing in his car, and improvised with his own moves. Needless to say, the students LOVED it, and so Zumba was born! In 2001, Beto partnered with Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion, and together, the three “Beto’s” released a series of fitness videos sold via infomercial. The company then expanded into class instruction and by 2015, according to Perlman, there were 14 million Zumba students in 186 countries, incorporating a multitude of dance styles such as cumbiasalsamerenguemamboflamencochachachareggaetonsocasambahip hop musicaxé music and tango. These dances are specially choreographed to incorporate strength and fitness into each routine; the result being a fun-packed party that will get you fit and toned, help you lose weight and keep it off, improve your mental and physical health, boost your self-confidence and open you up to a whole new warm and caring community that will become your Zumba Family.

Find out more from the official Zumba Website. For Sue Perrin’s Zumba profile, click here

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When you see a Zumba® class in action, you'll want to give it a try! Before you know it, your abs, arms and thighs are toned up and your energy levels are soaring! There's no other fitness class like the Zumba® Fitness-Party. It's easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating. You don't need to know the moves or even be co-ordinated. Just come and have fun, bond with other members and become addicted to the Zumba® experience. The results will happen without you even noticing them!

All around the world, people are doing Zumba to raise money for charity! If you get the chance, make sure you look out for a Zumbathon happening near you. They are extended Zumba classes, presented by lots of different instructors at once, so you get a multitude of different Zumba flavours, music, rhythms and moves all in one fantastic fitness party. Lights go off and the disco beams go on. Most importantly, every penny raised will go to the chosen charity. Look out on the NEWS section above for details of any coming up.