Salsa, Bollywood, merengue and hip-hop moves were part of a Zumba workout during Shore Road’s physical education classes. Sponsored by the PTA, the exercise class brought to the gym an interesting new type of exercise to add to the district’s full complement of traditional sports and creative movement classes.
Zumba is an exercise program created by Columbian dancer Alberto Perez in the 1990s, which involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography typically incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo.
Zumba instructor Kristen Fonte said the class is designed to show students that exercise and fitness can be fun and an integral part of a person’s healthy lifestyle. Ms. Fonte also allowed many of the students to take on leadership roles by assisting her with the instruction of Zumba moves.