Ditch the workout, join the party! It’s Zumba!Nov 6th, 2012 | By Tiina | Category: English
Have you already heard about Zumba? In the recent years, this fitness program has become popular all over the world. Are you wondering what the secret to its success could be? This workout is all about having fun!
Zumba was originally created by Alberto Perez, a Columbian dancer and choreographer, who came up with the idea of using traditional Latin American music, such as salsa and merengue, at the aerobics classes he taught. During the last two decades, this combination has proved to be a hit: starting in Perez's native Columbia, gaining popularity in the United States, Zumba is currently a worldwide known organization and a part of millions of people's lives.
A Zumba lesson is basically a fusion of dance and aerobics, set to a variety of music styles. Latin music is used most frequently, ranging from traditional styles to urban ones: salsa, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia, samba... The choreographies are also largely influenced by these styles. However, Zumba also features Caribbean, Indian, African and many other international rhythms and movements. At a Zumba lesson, a salsa song might be followed by a Bollywood hit, which could then be followed by a hip hop song or the latest dance floor filler.
The Zumba organization provides instructors with music and choreographies, but the content of any lesson is not restricted to those, so instructors are free to create their own choreographies and choose the music which to use. And with contagious Latin rhythms and varied but easy-to-learn choreographies, it is no wonder that Zumba is becoming more and more popular. It is a real feel-good sport that will surely bring a smile on your face. As the Zumba motto goes: "Ditch the work out, join the party"!
Describing Zumba by words does little justice to this energetic and fun phenomenon, so take a look at the video below. You'll see what happens when "Zumba people" from all over the world come together under one roof at the annual Zumba Instructor Convention! It is truly a Zumba party!
Have you tried Zumba? Or would you like to try it? Share your experiences with us!