This Sunday I attended the Zumba Brunch Party at Phoenix Market City, Whitefield. It was a 1 hour session of Zumba led by Minakshi Kar and her team and about 30+ folks who attended the event. I had never attended a Zumba session before and it was great fun to be witness to one. Despite the fact that this was being held on the same day as the much hyped India Pakistan match (which by the way India won – yayy!) there was a decent turn out and everyone had lots of fun. The sun did play a little deterrent because it got really hot after sometime but then everybody just ended up on the stage and noone wanted to bail out before it was actually over. There was plenty of water and juices to keep oneself hydrated.
About Zumba: It is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. Zumba is a trademark owned by Zumba Fitness, LLC. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba Fitness is the owner of the Zumba program. Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries. Zumba classes are typically about an hour long and are taught by instructors licensed by Zumba Fitness, LLC. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training.The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop music, axé music and tango.
Zumba in India: American fitness fanatics might have reached peak Zumba but India is just limbering up to the Latin backing-tracked dance craze. Infact India is adding its own flavor and a few Zumba classes in India include some Bollywood songs in their routines using pre-choreographed Zumba steps. There are only around 2,000 certified Zumba instructors in the country currently.
Phoenix Marketcity is hosting more Zumba Brunch Parties on 22nd Feb 2015 and 1st March 2015. Shwetambari Shetty, Zumba(R) Education Specialist/Master Trainer, a known face in Bangalore along with Royston David D’sa (a Dance Zumba artist) would be driving the program on 22nd Feb and 1st March. The session would commence at 9:30 am and would go on till 10:30 am. I know I would definitely want to go back. What about you guys? Stay tuned to the Phoenix Market City Bangalore FB page to get more details.