Zumba is an exercise fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto Beto Perez during the 1990s. A Zumba class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobic and fitness to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits. A person can burn 300 to 900 kcal with an hour-long Zumba exercise.
People of any age can participate in this form of aerobic exercise. In every Zumba lesson, four core rhythms are always present: merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton. Besides, there are six other official rhythms that might be incorporated into the instructor playlist.
Students of grade 6 to 10 were introduced to this fascinating dance form on July 4th, as part of their Co-Curricular Activities for the week. The P. E instructors, Mrs. Priyanka, and Mr. Santhosh simplified the steps for the novices by first showing them the steps themselves. Joining in later were our CCA Coordinators Mrs. Parinitha Shetty and our Primary Academic Coordinator Mrs. Lalitha Reddy. Choreographing the students at the front with patience and enthusiasm was Latika of grade 12. Being a professional dancer herself, her energy during the Zumba session was contagious. The crowd was a little hesitant initially. Learning a completely new dance form can be very overwhelming and exhilarating. And there also lies the dreadful fear of public performance. But with appropriate guidance and patient choreographers, our students were grooving to the peppy music in no time at all!
The energetic session got everyone moving and grooving in sync. The kids were beyond enthralled to be dancing to the tunes of Taki Taki and Magenta Riddim which all happened to be their favorite songs! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed learning this new dance form and jovially grooving to their favorite beats definitely made every instructor’s efforts worth it. All in all, it was a great exercise for the students and helped them develop the confidence to perform in public. The Zumba session proved to be a fun and healthy aerobic activity for all students, and watching them dance to the many tunes was surely a sight to behold!