Dr. Azadeh Amy Khajavi is a dentist focusing on dental implants in San Diego, Oregon. A fitness enthusiast, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi enjoys dancing the calories away in Zumba classes.
Zumba originated in Colombia more than a decade ago. The fitness dance class combines Latin dances such as merengue, cumbia, salsa, and samba, all of which can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Zumba was created out of necessity. Alberto Perez, a fitness trainer in Cali, Colombia, arrived at his regular aerobics class one day having forgotten his usual music. Thinking on his feet, he substituted some Latin music, which included various classics he found enjoyable. The improvised class was a success, and with time it grew to be one of the most popular classes at the fitness facility.
In 1999, Perez brought the fitness class to Miami, Florida. In 2001, he teamed up with entrepreneurs Alberto Aghion and Alberto Perlman to create a company based on the unique combination of the music and his fitness philosophy. They trademarked the name Zumba and created a brand they sought to spread throughout the whole world.
In 2002, the three signed a deal with an infomercial company that led to the sale of thousands of videos across the United States. The demand for classes was overwhelming, establishing the need to train even more Zumba instructors. This led to the creation of an instructor training program, leading to a huge increase in the number of trained instructors in the United States. After this success in the US infomercial campaigns in Europe and South America led to the selling of millions of videos. Zumba is now practiced on six continents and is a fitness program recognized by numerous fitness organizations.