Music booms from the stereo, an eclectic and energetic mix of pop princess Katy Perry, rapper T-Pain and spicy, Spanish songs. Students dance along to the beat, laughing and joking around with friends in the turquoise blue aerobics room. Could this really be the scene of an exercise class?
Zumba has taken the world by storm. Leann Scherer, senior education major, has caught the fever and brings her enthusiasm to each class at Cabrini College.
The exotic sounding name is a type of dance exercise, which “ties in different cultures, styles of dancing, and a workout,” Leann said. One minute the class is dancing the traditional salsa and merengue to up-tempo, alluring Latin songs and the next ooze attitude during a hip hop combination.
Zumba is all about feeling good, having fun, and taking a break from the stress of school. Students do not need to be ballroom dancers or track stars to enjoy themselves and get a work out. “As long as you are moving, or trying, it is working” the new Zumba instructor said.
Leann was hooked by taking classes in New Jersey for two months, which propelled her to get certified and bring Zumba back to Cabrini.
It is not breaking news that student’s schedules are crammed with classes, activities and equally filled with stress from school, family and drama. Working out is important, yet not everyone has the time or can commit to going to the gym.
Zumba classes are offered free or charge at the Dixon Center from 5-6p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The hour classes are truly “exercise in disguise” as students shake, jump, and salsa the stress away. Students can see incredible results class after class as Zumba is about consistency.
Skeptics should know that the dance workout focuses on the core, including the abdominals and toning. The instructor keeps a handy headset to speak above the booming music to point out the muscles that they are working. People get into certain moves once they know what they are working, Leann adds.
It can be easy to forget that the instructor is a student as well with a chaotic schedule of classes and student teaching, yet she brings contagious energy to every class. She explains that her energy levels soar from seeing the students getting into the routines and letting loose.
The instructor is as pumped as the students are for the classes. “Looking forward,” Leann said, “I’m excited not only to see new people come back, bring friends, hang out, have fun and do what I like to do.”