Dance was long seen as the best way to relax after a hard working week, with ladies and men letting their hair down over the weekend in discotheques and clubs, grooving to the latest tunes.
With fitness emerging as a major factor for both men and women of the current generation, dances with well orchestrated moves are emerging as a key way to get back into shape for people of different age groups, and dance academies are beginning to tap that requirement. While freestyle dances, salsa, ballet, hip-hop and other Latin American dances have been popular for decades, newer dance forms are also beginning to emerge as an intensive workout, not just for teenagers, but also for young professionals, homemakers and people from every walk of life.
Zumba is the latest Latin American dance form, combining the deft moves of salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggae and even a little bit of belly dancing to allow you to burn several calories in just an hour’s time.
Long considered a hobby for people, dance has taken on a whole new dimension in the recent past for those on the lookout for a milder form of exercise than the hardcore workout in the gym.
Youngsters are also taking to dance, to avoid a sedentary lifestyle and vouch for its quick results. For the middle-aged, dance allows them to regain the shape they might have lost post-marriage.
Zumba was created by dancer-choreographer Alberto ‘Beto’ Perez in the 1990s. Now there are over 12 million people learning zumba annually. The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, reggaeton, soca, and bhangra.
Jennifer Lopez and Kirstie Alley are known to take Zumba classes while Jackie Chan has been caught on video while performing the exercises.