Zumba dancing includes having fun and moving fast, like the Columbian word the name "Zumba" comes from. Zumba combines Latin music, simple dance steps and body-shaping movements. The mix of cardiovascular workout with resistance training gives participants the benefits of burning fat and calories while toning the whole body. Zumba dancing does not feel like a fitness workout, so participants stay with the routine longer.
Zumba encompasses many Latin music and dance styles include merengue, mambo, salsa, calypso and flamenco. The high-energy sessions last about 60 minutes, with fast and slow rhythms. Some instructors incorporate belly dance and hip-hop music and moves with the Latin-style steps of basic Zumba fitness classes.
Specialized Zumba fitness classes include Zumba Kids Jr., for children 4 to 7 years old, Zumba Kids, for ages 8 to 12 years, and Zumba Gold for active senior adults. Zumba Gold focuses on rhythms and movements related to hip strength, balance, and footwork such as salsa steps, which help dancers avoid or recover from falls. Classes for children consider their short attention spans by focusing on learning one or two dances at a time, step by step. The children's classes offer age-appropriate steps that consider the students' motor skill development, such as the limited abilities of 4-year-olds to balance on one foot.