Zumba Dance

Almost every girl friend I know want to lose a few pounds—boys too but they’re still in the closet about it. The problem is that exercise and cardio workouts are a drag and it takes more effort trying to pump yourself up than actually spending an hour doing it. The good news is that there are fun aerobic activity you can do instead – like the new dance craze, the zumba dance.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, the zumba dance is the hottest dance craze today. It’s impressive growth is largely helped by free publicity – celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Victoria Bekham, Natalie Portman and even Jackie Chan has been known to be practitioners of the zumba.

I mean, even if you’re not trying to get some exercise in, zumba is such a fun activity you will want to do with your friends. It incorporates catchy Latin music into their programs and after a while, it looks more like a girls’ night out more than anything else.

How did the zumba dance start anyway? The main proponent of this dance can be attributed to a certain dance instructor in Columbia named Alberto “Beto” Perez. He was on his way to the dance class he was teaching when he realized that he forgot the music he needs for the class. All he had were these salsa and merengue music and improvised from there. The class loved it (which just goes to show that accidents may be good things) and it has been requested for ever since.

When Perez moved to Miami in 2001, he brought with him this style of dance. Again, it was well received. One of the women taking his class was the mother of Alberto Perlman. She raved about her class to her son and soon, a partnership between Perlman, Perez and Alberto Aghion (Perez’ childhood buddy) was formed.

The triumvirate sent out demo reels of this alternative cardio/aerobic workout and aired in in infomercials in attempts to extend their reach to a bigger market. They also made a deal with Kellogg’s to feature zumba in their cereal boxes—massively increasing their visibility to a rapidly more health conscious public. Before long, the zumba dance craze caught on and became popular not just in America and Columbia, but in other parts of the globe as well.

The zumba dance is just one of many awesome styles of dancing that is available to you. Find out more when you visit the links in these pages today.


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