The Zumba Latin influence!

2014January26_Zumba_A14 million people are dancing to the Zumba beat, in 185 countries, at 140,000 locations. This dance fitness craze has come a long way since it first came about almost by chance in an aerobics class in Colombia. Founder Beto Perez, forgetting his music for a fitness class he was teaching, grabbed a tape from his car and the mix of Latin-inspired dance styles and music was born.

Once you’ve experienced Zumba then you’ll know that the energy, beat and dance moves take you on an exhilarating Latin fitness experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more. It is the organized looseness of Zumba that really appeals. It has its roots in established dance moves, and yet mixes these up into easy-to-follow choreographed routines that have all the flair and exuberance of the Latin spirit. What makes Zumba so exciting is that it takes exciting moves from so many different styles of dance:

Salsa – The steps are created to fit with Cuban music with dancing on three beats with a one beat pause. Salsa dancing developed in the 70s in the Latin areas of New York.

Merengue – The national dance of the Dominican Republic with strong roots in Haiti, there is a Spanish and Afro-Cuban influence in this dance. A folk dance that turned into a ballroom dance for couples, merengue has a distinct limping step where the weight is kept on one foot.

Soca – A style of music that makes you want to dance, the word soca originates from the words ‘Soul of Calypso’. Caribbean music with a strong East Indian flavor, this style of music and dance is all about rhythm with its strong and bold drum beats.

Samba – A Brazilian carnival dance over 100 years old, the samba is characterized by its quick steps, flamboyant style and pelvic tilt. The three steps for every bar give samba an effervescent feeling.

Mambo – Similar to salsa, this Cuban music and dance from the 1930s and 1940s has a real expressive edge with swaying hips and a feeling of going with the music. The steps are fast and intricate traditionally, although a street style has developed in more recent years in New York by the Latin American communities.

Once you hear the Zumba music it is difficult to not dance and many of the styles are simplified so that you don’t have to be overly nimble or a skilled dancer to enjoy and excel. The Latin influence in Zumba also extends to the attitude and approach. There is a real feeling in each class of a carnival and party atmosphere. Zumba is about fun and celebration rather than getting the steps all right and being too strict.

Zumba’s Latin spirit encourages you to let your hair down, shake your hips and let a little looseness flow through you, as the music guides you into frenetic and more chilled-out routines. You can let go in Zumba and this is why it has such worldwide appeal beyond the Latin quarters.

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