Thursday, February 10, 2011

Zumba Latin Fitness

The latest fitness craze in New York is 'Zumba' dance classes.  Zumba fitness is based on Latin dance moves with music to match.  It is such a fun way to work out as you are so busy learning the dance routines that you forget that you are exercising! 

I go to the Zumba class at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on 55th and 9th Avenue.  They have lunchtime classes three days a week, evening classes twice a week and three classes at the weekend.  The instructors are excellent and make you feel welcome.  However, as the classes are so popular they can be very busy and it can be a bit of a squeeze in the studio.  People are friendly though, and everyone goes to have a good time as well as keep fit.  Alvin Ailey offers numerous dance classes from hip-hop to ballet, so if Zumba isn't for you there are lots of other styles to choose from.  Visit their website for more information at http://www.alvinailey.org/ .

Before we moved I used to go to the lunchtime Zumba classes at the DanceSport studio on 34th street between 5th and 6th Avenue.  The classes are smaller and the teacher, Xavier Marzan, is excellent. They offer classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Friday's 12:00pm-1:00pm.  Their website is http://www.dancesport.com/ .

Give Zumba a try, it is so much fun and a great way to exercise.  Hopefully I will see you in a class soon!
http://www.zumba.com/us/

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