With the popularity of Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance (my personal favorite), it's easy to see why dancing classes are so popular.
In Spanish, Zumba means 'buzzing like a bee' or 'going fast'.
I had never heard of Zumba before reading this article, but apparently, it's been around for over five years.
Not only is Zumba being taught in gym and dance studios, it is also expanding into schools and senior citizen centers.
A session of Zumba, a cardio-dance routine, can feel like a trip to the nightclub of a cruise ship, where a well-toned crew member teaches you to wiggle your hips and do the fast footwork for a mix of dance styles to the thump of loud music. While Zumba crowds are not plied with alcohol, people often throw away inhibitions — they pump their arms, applaud, let out “yeahs” — as they work out.
More than 3.5 million Zumba DVDs have sold through infomercials and about 20,000 instructors in 40 countries now teach Zumba, 15,000 of those in the United States.
Over the course of an hour, a Zumba class will span a variety of dance rhythms, like mambo, cha-cha, cumbia, and merengue, with the occasional hip-hop or belly dancing move thrown in.
Amy Wetzel, 24, said she has lost 28 pounds since January with Zumba, but she has taken five to six classes a week.
Fitness experts say Zumba is likely to endure. “People want to do something that’s a lot of fun,” Ms. Lowell said. “Where time flies by, and it’s not that complicated. They don’t want to think too much.”
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