‘Zumbathon’ beat rocks recreation center Gym

Zumba instructor Nicole Blackburn leads dancers through intricate dance and aerobic moves Thursday evening at the Recreation Center gym. Photo by Lou Martin

Zumba instructor Nicole Blackburn leads dancers through intricate dance and aerobic moves Thursday evening at the Recreation Center gym. Photo by Lou Martin

Zumba dancers of all ages danced for charity Thursday evening at the Mesquite Sports and Leisure Department’s annual Zumbathon. Titled ‘Dance for the Cure’, dancers danced the evening away to a rhythmic Latin beat. The event raised money for the Mesquite Cancer Society. Five Zumba instructors took turns as they led their individual classes through many choreographed dance movements. Instructor Griseyda Belaczar moderated the evening’s activities. ‘On the Beat’ youth dance team also entertained the large crowd. Each participant or attendee paid an entrance fee of $5 to participate with all funds going to the Cancer Society. You could see by the smiles on the dancers that they truly enjoyed the aerobic and dance elements of Zumba.

Zumba was created in Columbia South America in the late 90’s by Alberto “Beto” Perez who combined various Latin dances including Samba, Salsa, hip-hop, Mambo and Merengue to create Zumba. Fourteen million individuals take weekly classes in over 140,000 locations worldwide across 185 countries.

You could feel the beat in your feet as the dancers worked out for over two hours. The evening went on with a 50/50 fundraiser and drawings for various items donated by the community. ‘Dance for the Cure’ pink tee-shirts were also sold to benefit the Cancer Society.

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