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It’s a dance and fitness phenomenon busy sweeping the world, and locally it’s gaining momentum.
The secret of Zumba — a Latin-inspired dance workout regimen — is that the steps are easy to learn and the music is irresistibly rhythmic, says local instructor Michelle Jordan.
She, along with fellow instructor Betty Newman (with back-ups Carole Shea and Yolande DaCruz) are offering regular sessions at the Greater Marco Family YMCA.
They’re free for members and just $10 for visitors, and men and women of all ages are welcome, Jordan says.
Zumba embraces a variety of rhythms, including salsa, merengue, samba, belly dancing, cumbia, flamenco and reggaeton.
The style breaks away from the typical 32-count aerobic format, and once steps become second nature, Jordan says, the workout becomes even more effective.
That much was quite clear at a Wednesday this week session when 65 women of all ages (and a couple of men) went through their paces.
By two dance numbers, everyone was glistening — and by the end they were just plain sweating.
Translation: “People who push themselves can burn 1,000 calories per class,” Jordan said.
To qualify as an instructor, Jordan as well as Newman, DaCruz and Shea took classes in Miami, birthplace of the trend.
The company constantly supplies instructors with new music and routines to avoid repetition, Jordan says.
Classes are each Monday at 6 p.m., Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.