Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included.
In the mid-90s, Beto Perez forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching. He went to his car, listened to music – consisting of non-traditional salsa merengue music – and improvised a class using this non-traditional music. After finding initial success in Colombia, he moved to the United States in 2001, where he teamed up with cofounder Alberto Perlman and a childhood friend, COO Alberto Aghion. The trio produced a demo reel, and the concept was discovered and licensed by a company called Fitness Quest to create a direct marketing campaign and a line of home videos.
Years later and Zumba is still one of the most popular dance fitness program, over 180 countries worldwide, 15 million people go to Zumba classes on a regular basis. Zumba it’s not just a dance class, it’s a party!!!
At this year’s expo Catherine Schoch will be having a fitness demo on this exhilarating dance fitness class. Catherine has been a pioneer of Zumba in the Hudson Valley since 2007. Her dedication and love for this program will enable you to enjoy the true Zumba experience.
Take a trip around the world as you move to the rhythms of salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco and more! Tone and tighten your entire body. Zumba is an exciting and effective exercise program that is good for the mind, body, and soul! This class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.
Come to the expo and participate in this great demo. We’ll have lots of fun together while becoming healthier. We’ll see you there.
“Zumba brings the dance party into the health club.” USA Today 10 October 2011.