Zumba Class: Zumba is a Latin inspired dance/fitness program. The word Zumba is derived from a Columbian word meaning to move fast and have fun. Combining steps like Salsa, Cha-cha, Meringue a high energy fusion of Latin and International music, Zumba is a unique and effective program that everyone can do.

Zumba is the name of a dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Beto in Colombia during the 1990s. Zumba was marketed by entrepreneur Alberto Perlman[1], who made the concept popular through dance classes as well as branded merchandise.[2] The program combines Latin and international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun. Zumba classes are offered through licensed instructors in more than 90,000 fitness center locations in 110 countries with ten million participants.[3] DVDs are also available for learning at home. Classes and instructional DVDs use music based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, samba and other international music styles and forms.

The Zumba program is recognized by the America's leading fitness educators, including the Aerobic Fitness Association of America, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, and the American Council on Exercise.[4]

The workout

Music is the key ingredient to Zumba classes.[citation needed] The score, created with specific beats and tempo changes, transitions the workout from one toning, strengthening or cardio move to another, and targets every major muscle group in the body. The Zumba program borrows Latin flavor from the following dance styles: Cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, cha-cha-cha, Reggaeton, samba, belly dancing, Bhangra, hip-hop, and tango.[citation needed]

Classes and instructors

Instructional classes are offered at health clubs, gyms, country clubs, senior citizen centers and community centers worldwide by professionally trained Zumba instructors. The Educational Division of Zumba Fitness has licensed thousands of instructors who work in over 90,000 locations worldwide. To become licensed, instructors must participate in a basic skills instructor workshop, and then have the option to become trained in specialized areas. The following provides an overview of the types of Zumba classes:

  • Zumba—The traditional Zumba class including basic rhythms like merengue, foxtrot, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, belly dance, waltz, tango, samba.
  • Zumba Gold—This workout is designed for adults and de-conditioned participants. It addresses the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs specific to these populations.[8]
  • ZUMBA Toning—This class blends body-sculpting techniques and specific Zumba moves into one class focusing on calorie-burning and strength-training. Instructors use weighted, maraca-like Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
  • Aqua Zumba—This workshop is an all ages class similar to water aerobics. It is designed to be safe, yet effective and challenging, integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy into traditional aqua fitness disciplines.[9]
  • Zumbatomic—In September 2009, Zumba Fitness launched Zumbatomic, the first Zumba program for children. The original workout program is designed specifically for girls and boys ages 4–12 and incorporates urban dance styles like hip hop, reggaeton and pop with fundamental concepts such as coordination, discipline, confidence and teamwork.[10]


  1. ^ "Dancing To Success", Inc.com, December 1, 2010, accessed December 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "Zumba sells branded merchandise". http://www.schmoozyfox.com/2010/09/26/zumba-branded-merchandise/. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Zumba Turns Dancers Into Entrepreneurs". Inc.com. May 26, 2010. http://www.inc.com/articles/2010/05/zumba-fitness-entrepreneurs.html. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Gallego, Julie (March 3, 2009). "Zumba! Latin workout burns calories, promotes fun". The Orange County Register. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/zumba-39412-dance-fitness.html. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  5. ^ Regina. "Zumba Workouts". The Fun Times Guide to Healthy Living. http://health.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/04/zumba_workout.php. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Meet the Man Behind Zumba: Beto Perez". Reader's Digest. September 11, 2001. http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/meet-the-man-behind-zumba-beto-perez/article168024.html. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  7. ^ Judy Fortin. "Zumba zooms to the top of the exercise world - CNN.com". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/diet.fitness/09/22/hm.zumba.dance.exercise/. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  8. ^ Mimi Pacifico (February 21, 2010). "Popular exercise program emphasizes fun - Lifestyle". News-journalonline.com. http://www.news-journalonline.com/lifestyle/health/2010/02/21/popular-exercise-program-emphasizes-fun.html. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  9. ^ "Aqua Zumba gets you moving for the health of it". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/article1051527.ece. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  10. ^ MyWabashValley.com, February 2010[dead link]

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