Zumba dance was founded in the mid-1990s by Perez in Cali, Colombia. In 2001, Perez partnered with Alberto Perlmanand Alberto Aghion, and the trio released a series of fitness videos sold via infomercial.Insight Venture Partnersand the Raine Group made an investment in 2012. The company expanded into class instruction and by 2015, according to Perlman, there were 14 million Zumba students in 186 countries.


Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba Fitness, the owner of the Zumba program, does not charge licensing fees to gyms or fitness centers.

There are several different Zumba workouts to choose from, depending on your tastes and fitness level.

  • Aqua: Combine the easy-on-the-joints benefits of water aerobics with the exhilaration of Latin dance.

  • Basic 1 or 2: You’ll combine the steps of merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton into your Basic 1 workout. In Basic 2, you’ll exercise using belly dance, flamenco, tango, and samba movements.

  • Gold: This class is for older folks or people who want to ease back into shape.

  • Toning: You’ll incorporate weighted Zumba sticks into your workout.

  • Zumbatonic: Your whole family can get in on the action if you enroll your kids in these classes for 4 to 12 year olds.

With instructors leading classes in 50,000 locations across the globe, it shouldn’t be too hard to find some type of Zumba class in your area. You can search available classes at Zumba Fitness.

Zumba is one of the most fun and versatile fitness crazes to come along in a long time. Classes can be geared for just about any fitness level. Though most Zumba involves high-impact moves like bouncing and jumping, it can be modified to meet your needs.

Traditional Zumba workouts emphasize strengthening the core, while Zumba Toning and Zumba Step workouts incorporate weights to build muscles in the arms, legs, and glutes.

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