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Zumba is a trademarked group fitness regimen involving dance and aerobic movements performed to upbeat music. Zumba offers a medley of dance styles including samba, tango, mambo, merengue, and soca; instructors often also incorporate squats and lunges in to the routine. A Zumba class is called a “dance party” and participants are not required to adhere to the instructor-led choreography. Zumba has been adapted to different situations: for example, Zumba Step incorporates step aerobics, Chair Zumba involves a seated position, and Aqua Zumba holds classes in the shallow end of a swimming pool.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Zumba is a trademarked name. Similar Latin dance group fitness classes exist under different names.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Zumba originated in Colombia in 1996. The founder, Beto Perez, brought Zumba to the United States in 2001, and it spread across Canada (and over 150 countries) in the following decade. Today, it is widely practiced at gyms and recreation centres in the GTA.

Who takes part?

Although participants are of diverse ages and genders, young to middle-aged women form the largest Zumba demographic. A program called "Zumba Gold" has been designed specifically to engage elderly people in Zumba, and to help them exercise while socializing.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Zumba usually occurs in group classes, and in the GTA Zumba sessions take place seven days a week throughout the year.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?


Cultural Significance

Zumba incorporates many Latin American dance patterns and the song selection – depending on the instructor – is still heavily Latin-based music.

Is there anything else we should know?



Exercise System

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