The History of Zumba

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History of Zumba
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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.

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The Expanding Popularity of Zumba

Dr. Azadeh Amy Khajavi has worked as a dentist since 1994. In her free time, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi enjoys staying physically fit through dancing, especially Zumba classes.

Though the origins of the Zumba dance-and-exercise phenomenon can be traced back to California in 1986, no moves were made to take Zumba to the mainstream public for over a decade. However, by 2002 Alberto Perez, the dance-and-aerobics instructor behind the first Zumba class, and his business partners Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion had begun to experience success selling Zumba DVDs via infomercials, and the demand for more Zumba was growing.

Three years later Perez, Perlman, and Aghion had introduced an educational division to Zumba, complete with an official Zumba training manual to help instructors and further spread interest for the workout. Today, as many as 4 million individuals (including 25,000 Zumba instructors) in 40 different countries engage in Zumba activities. Zumba’s popularity continues to grow, as executives have recently introduced a clothing line as well as junior programs for children as young as 5 years old.

The Colombian Roots of Zumba

A respected San Diego dentist, Azadeh Khajavi offers patients quality implants. Passionate about movement and music, Azadeh Khajavi enjoys salsa and Persian dancing in his free time, and he practices Zumba for fun and fitness. With roots in Latin dance styles such as cumbia, merengue, and samba, Zumba was developed by Colombian aerobics instructor Beto Perez in the mid-1990s.

Having forgotten his usual aerobics tape one day, Perez used the tapes he happened to have in his backpack, which reflected his taste for traditional Latin sounds. Perez then improvised an aerobics routine based on Latin dance steps and discovered that he had created a popular new fitness concept. Having achieved success in Colombia, Perez brought Zumba to the United States in 1999 and a deal was made with a major infomercial enterprise that launched videos nationwide. By 2002, Zumba Fitness had also established an instructor training program that solidified the preeminent place of the fitness routine worldwide. Today, more than 10 million people participate in Zumba lessons each week.

The Popularity of Zumba

A doctor of dental medicine based in San Diego, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi has more than 20 years of clinical experience. In her current role as director of her private clinic, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi offers services such as general dental care, implants, temporomandibular joints (TMJ) treatment, and cosmetic procedures. Additionally, she is an avid dancer and a certified Zumba instructor.

An effective workout that can burn up to 400 calories per class, Zumba has rapidly gained popularity since its introduction to health clubs and dance studios. Combining aerobic dance moves with South American beats, the classes provide an interval-style, full-body workout that is safe for a range of ages and fitness levels. Currently, nearly 4 million Zumba enthusiasts learn from 25,000 instructors in 40 countries around the world.

As with other regular cardiovascular workouts, Zumba boasts multiple health benefits beyond calorie burn, including increased stamina, increased bone density, lower blood pressure, and improved balance. Participants also enjoy the social atmosphere and the stress relief the workout provides.