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cumbia Dance the Cumbia, a folk dance from Columbia. The history of the dance helps the dancer to learn how the movements work. Workers in the sugar cane fields of Columbia were bound ankle to ankle. This makes the Cumbia a dance that only moves one side of the body as if the other side was chained. The cumbia step is right foot front, left foot steps in place, right foot back, left foot step in place. The cumbia feels like a rocking from front to back.

Stand with both feet in place. Before your right foot steps back, put your weight on the heel and twist it to the right as if stepping on a bug.

After you step back with your right foot, step in place with the left foot.

just follow along Zumba is choreographed to provide several different fitness elements without requiring too much explanation or technique. All you need to do in a class or in your living room with a DVD

As you step forward with the right foot, move your arms in a swinging motion.

Don’t worry be happy is follow along. When the instructor goes one way, you should move in that direction too. Just be a mirror to the teacher in front of you. You should also follow along when it comes to the pace and the intensity of the movements. For quick dances, make your steps smaller and don’t try to add arms until you have the footwork down. The goal is to move to a quick song, not to slow down to get every nuance down to perfection. When the steps are large or slow, use control like the instructor. When moving your hips or shoulders, really move them! Your instructor is not shy, nor should you be. Aim to reach the energy level of your teacher. If you do that, even as a beginner, you will have a super-effective workout no matter what steps you missed or mastered.

Zumba was developed to provide a general class membership with a way to unite and enjoy a unique type of fitness experience. If you decide to Zumba, the first thing you should remember is that Zumba is all about keeping a smile on your face and a song in your heart. One of the company’s official slogans tells you to “Join the Party,” and Zumba instructors are trained to offer you easily accessible, safe fitness experiences. There is no need to worry if you don’t get every step correct. The Zumba organization believes you should find joy in your classes as you move freely and confidently in your own body, whatever size, shape or age you might be. There are no class levels to achieve, other than your own personal goals. continued on pg 27

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salsa The salsa rhythm is a triplet step rhythm that is counted as one-and-two, three-and-four. Your right foot goes out to the side on “one”, left foot steps in place on “and”, right foot back in on “two”. Then the left foot steps out on “three”, right foot in place on “and” and left foot back in on “four”. This becomes your simple salsa step.
 Refer to the image on the right to see how the salsa is done. The number represents the beat of the music. The yellow footprint represents the foot where your weight should be on the corresponding beat of the music. “Break” means stepping forward quickly and rocking back; breaking your momentum. Remember to dance light on your toes.

reggaeton Reggaeton is a combination of Latin and hip hop. Reggaeton does not have a specific basic step to it but is more of a style of dance. It requires stomping feet, bent knees, and shaking your hips. the stomping is not harsh but more of a marching type of stomp. Stay low to the ground when dancing Reggaeton.
To master this genre, practice moving your hips, clockwise, forward, and backward. You can


Shift weight to Right Foot Step forward with Right Foot

Break forward with Left Foot

Rock back onto Right Foot

Shift weight to Left Foot

Step back with Left Foot

Break back with Right Foot

also listen to reggaeton music, so you can get used to the beats and its rhythm called, “dembow.”

merengue The merengue is a Latin dance that is similar to a march, but the dancer doesn’t lift his feet too high off the ground, as in a typical high step march. Arms should move in small circular motions and should remain close to the hips or the waist. Refer to the image to the right to further explain this step.

Rock forward onto Left Foot

Start with both feet together.

Twist the right foot to the inside. Raise the right arm perpendicular to the body as the left arm bends in to the chest. Twist the left foot to the inside. Raise the left arm perpendicular to the body as the right arm bends in to the chest.


A Zumba Magazine by Christina Bilbrey