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Zumba originated in the mid 90s when Alberto Perez, who was born and raised in Colombia, accidently forgot his usual music material for his aerobic class. Perez, also known as Beto, improvised by using his own mixed tapes of traditional merengue and salsa tracks, which he grew up listening to, and spontaneously created a new phenomenal dance-fitness workout, known today as Zumba.
His class enjoyed it so much, energy radiated around the room and smiles lit faces. Since that day, Zumba has grown in popularity to become the world's most successful and largest dance-fitness programme, with over 12 million people participating in weekly Zumba classes, in over 110,000 different locations across more than 125 countries worldwide.
To tone and sculpt your core, arms and leg muscles
To lose weight
To improve your self-confidence and self esteem
To relieve stress and tension by the release of the feel-good hormones 'endorphins'
To enhance your social life, meet knew people and join the zumba community.
To have fun, lose yourself, or escape from your busy lifestyle.
Whatever your reason, Zumba has a lot of benefits to offer and is a great way to workout. Many celebrities, such as Jordin Sparks, Eva Longoria Parker, Vanessa Williams and Jennifer Lopez all agree.
Why not try it for yourself and see what the phenomenon is all about?
Well, if you haven't already heard, Zumba is the only Latin-inspired, calorie-burning, dance-fitness party that blends hot international rhythms and beats from around the world with easy-to-follow and highly contagious dance moves that will make you want to exercise and improve your health.