Zumba is the term used for a dance program created by Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990’s.

What is Zumba Fitness?

Zumba Fitness is a fitness program that incorporates Latin dance. It incorporates dance moves from different types of music. For example, programs include Latin salsa, merengue, bachata, as well as, pop, rock and other types of contemporary music.

Who created it, when, where?  

Alberto “Beto” Perez started it by accident in the mid-nineties.  It  happened when he forgot his aerobic music for a class he was teaching and substituted salsa and merengue music. Also, he used some some cool Latin dance moves for the class. Eventually, Beto brought his zumba fitness parties to Miami, Florida. He met some other people who joined to form the new company in 2001. In addition, zumba is trademarked and the brand has spread throughout the world. Now, one can find every kind of products including DVD’s, clothing, music CD’s, accessories plus it has its own video game!

Recent News

This dance taught in gyms, studios and recreation centers everywhere. In the last decade, it has skyrocketing in popularity. Additionally, there is a  professional organization that certifies instructors. And there are a variety of courses. Moreover, zumba courses are designed for different types of people. For example, there are zumba classes for children, seniors, baby boomers, wheel chairs and an aqua course.

Dancetime’s former dance instructors

MaryBeth Hughes is a certified Zumba Fitness instructor and belongs to ZIN (instructor network). In addition, she also is certified to teach a variety of other fitness activities including yoga and pilates. Hence, MaryBeth was one of the most versatile, experienced dance and fitness instructors in San Diego, California. Additionally, she also is adjunct faculty at Southwestern College, teaches Latin & ballroom dance and Cotillion.

Zumba MaryBeth Hughes

Fabiola Gomes is a certified Zumba Fitness instructor. Moreover, she owned and operated her own dance centers in Brazil. In addition, she is director of a Brazilian Entertainment Company. Also, she organized and directs a Samba Performance team, teaches all the Latin dances including Brazilian samba, cha cha, rumba, as well as, salsa, bachata and merengue. Additionally, she has worked at the best fitness center in Las Vegas as a personal trainer, zumba fitness instructor and taught many Latin dance classes.

Currently, Fabiola is a personal trainer in San Diego specializing in Brazilian execise techniques. Also, she created outdoor exercise programs throughout the greater San Diego area.


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