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Posted on January 4, 2013 by Maddy Mortimer
This year Lydia Deering, a senior at Wildlands, started a group Physical Education project revolving around Zumba. She has taken Zumba classes before and decided to start a class for any interested students at Wildlands to participate in. Three times a week we go to the Main Lodge on Beaver Creek Reserve for a nice hour-long workout. We have even had some of our moms come in and join us occasionally.
For anyone who doesn't know, Zumba is a workout involving dance and aerobic moves. It was created in the 1990's by a man named Alberto "Beto" Perez in Colombia. He taught an aerobics class, and one day, he forgot his music. The only music he had with him was his own; a tape of Latin music. So he did what he could, and his class ended up loving it. Since then, Zumba has become an exercise phenomenon done by people all over the world. It involves hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and lots of other fun moves. It's a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. Lydia is a great teacher; she even plans on becoming certified. I have really been enjoying it. Our whole group has a lot of fun and we all enjoy learning new moves and the fun music that goes along with every class.
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