Zumba is a popular fitness program inspired by Latin dance. Zumba is a registered trademark for the dance classes developed by Alberto “Beto” Perez, a Colombian dancer and choreographer, as a way to turn a fitness class into a dance party. Zumba dancers move fast and have fun while getting exercise and burning calories. Using upbeat Latin music together with cardiovascular exercise, Zumba is aerobic dancing that is lots of fun and easy to learn. If you want to join a Zumba class, leave your aerobic step, exercise ball, and 1-2-3-count at home. Bring your dancing feet, gyrating hips, and a desire to move like you’re in a Miami discotheque. Zumba sessions combine Latin music with popular Latin dances such as salsa, mambo, merengue, and samba. Don’t worry if you’re not a Latin ballroom trophy holder. Just keep kicking your legs and swaying your arms. Unlike a traditional aerobics class, you don’t have to worry about stepping or clapping in perfect time. Zumba movements are more free-flowing. After a Zumba class, you’ll feel less like you marched in a boot camp drill and more like you let yourself go to a party. Expect to spend about an hour in your Zumba workout. Your instructor, who should be certified through the Zumba Fitness Academy, will take you through a warm-up, routine, and cool down. There are thousands of Zumba workout video clips online.