Zumba for a cause
It's fitness with more than a hint of salsa.
If you haven't Zumba-ed, you're missing out on an exercise craze that's as fun as it is functional, instructor Gwen Dhing said.
"It's a Latin-inspired dance exercise where participants are going to learn routines in Latin style dance, and also they can learn some hip-hop styles," she said.
Translation? Dancing, dancing and more dancing, with kicks of cardio and aerobic exercise.
"You sweat a lot," Dhing said. "You burn a lot of calories and you don't feel like you're exercising."
And Friday, you can taste the craze for yourself at a special two-hour Zumbathon Fundraiser. The Zumbathon benefits the Watauga Wellness Center's "Blast" Program, a program aimed at encouraging exercise among kids aged 8-12 years old.
Zumbathon costs $10, and you don't have to be a member of the Wellness Center to get in on the calorie-busting party.
"So many people come to Zumba ... if you offer them a Friday night of two hours of Zumba, they're going to come," Dhing said.
Her regular classes at the Wellness Center already attract about 50 people per session, and you'll find it's addictive.
Dhing, who taught aerobic dance for 20 years before focusing on Zumba last year, found that out first hand.
"My sister went to Zumba class down the mountain ... and she doesn't even like to exercise at all, so I thought I'd better check it out ... then I realized, 'Oh my gosh, I'm sweating already,'" she said.
And she was officially hooked.
Dhing, who is certified in Zumba, expects about 100 people to come out Friday, and hopes you'll join in on the action.
It happens at the Wellness Center (232 Boone Heights Drive) Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration begins at 5 p.m.