By Jaimee Kester
February 21, 2013
Zumba, a Latin inspired dance-workout, has taken the country and Lock Haven University by storm, one energetic class at a time.
Monday through Friday, scores of enthusiastic students and faculty let their inhibitions go and dance to choreographed routines to modern dance hits in the Rec Center.
Katie Tekin, a freshman at Lock Haven, said, “It’s such a fun way to exercise. Everyone is laughing and having a good time while dancing; it makes working out seem like less of a chore.”
The Rec Center employs 3 student Zumba instructors that teach their own classes on a rotating basis. Mallory Conti, a junior studying Recreation Management, teaches Zumba classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.
“I’ve been teaching Zumba for a little over 2 years. When I went to my first class, it was the first time I exercised with a smile. I needed to get in shape and wanted to help others get in shape too, and Zumba was the perfect solution.” Mallory said. She went on to say, “I want people to have fun and laugh at themselves because it does get silly sometimes, especially in such a vulnerable environment.”
Professors on campus, along with the Zumba instructors, have used the popularity of Zumba classes to help charities by hosting Zumbathons. Zumbathons are Zumba classes with multiple instructors that last 3-4 hours at a time. Participants pay a fee for the class, and the proceeds are then donated to the designated cause.
On Wednesday, February 20th, over 60 people attended a Zumbathon held by Lock Haven University’s Criminal Justice Honors Society (Alpha Phi Sigma) and Professional Business Fraternity (Alpha Kappa Psi) to benefit Lock Haven’s Women’s Center. From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., for $3, students and for $5 community members danced to the routines of professor Katherine Pantaleo, professor Cori Myers, and students Meghan Dashe and Mallory Conti.
“Last year, they held the same fundraiser and had about 50 participants. We’re hoping to have the same success tonight.”, said Cori Myers, Associate Professor of Management at Lock Haven. Adding, “I think this is a successful fundraiser because Zumba is a popular and good way to have fun and help a cause.”
Student attendee, Carly Manganello, said “It’s a good way to have fun with my friends and help a good cause. Plus, I like to shake my butt.”
Regular Zumba classes are held Monday-Friday and Sunday at 4:10 p.m. in the Rec Center. Mallory encourages everyone to try at least one class. “Bring friends – I promise you’ll sweat and get a good workout.”
Jaimee Kester is a freshman majoring in communication and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.