I can just imagine the conversation: a fit, smiling woman talking to a friend.
“I just signed up for Zumba in Burlington.”
“Zumba? What’s that?”
“It’s at All Wellness.”
“That’s great, but what is it?”
“Zumba is awesome. ”

As it turns out, Zumba is the perfect companion to Pilates, especially at All Wellness. The Pilates instructors here teach us how to move mindfully; the result is great alignment and spinal health, but not a lot of sweat. Zumba, on the other hand, is all about sweat. Burlington Zumba teachers teach us how to move joyfully. The motto of Zumba seems to be “Ditch the workout, join the party!” Zumba is a terrifically fun, cardio-dance-aerobics-exercise.

Zumba is sortof like Jazzersize on a Caribbean vacation. Here’s the skinny from Burlington Zumba’s website:

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music combined with a heart-pumping cardio workout that’s easy to follow and fun to do. Zumba classes are 1 hour long and based on fitness interval training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. This is a fitness class that utilizes repetitive motions and routines loosely based on Latin dance for an effective and fun workout.

Here is a YouTube interview with Beto , the creator of Zumba:

I’m inspired! Zumba classes on July 6th and 7th are free!