Organizations host Zumba classes

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With more than 14 million people taking Zumba Fitness classes across the world, organizations on Baker University’s campus are catching on to the growing trend.

According to the Zumba Fitness website, the dance-fitness program is the largest and most successful program of its kind. Over 140,000 locations offer Zumba classes, and now two Baker organizations are hosting classes from certified instructors.

The Pi Sigma chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority is offering classes each month in support of its philanthropy, March of Dimes, and the Baker University spirit squad hosts classes every Sunday in Mabee Gym as a fundraising effort.

Senior spirit squad member Bailey Buchman became a certified Zumba instructor during the summer and teaches at the squad’s fundraiser on Sunday nights.

Buchman said the squad was attracted to the idea of hosting Zumba classes because it is a low-cost and enjoyable fundraiser.

“I think it is a way to show what the dance team can do outside of strictly our performances and it can bring team unity,” Buchman said. “For me, it’s a fundraiser where we are working out and we are encouraging others to workout and promote a healthy lifestyle.”

The weekly classes will be at 7 p.m. in Mabee Gym. Students can pay $3 at the door, and faculty and staff pay $5 per drop-in.

Members of Zeta Phi Beta offered a Zumba class on campus in the spring but plan to host at least one class per month throughout the year.

President Katerra Shackelford said members were excited about the previous turnout and wanted to continue hosting classes.

“It’s something fun for everyone,” Shackelford said. “Zumba is really popular, and so it just gives everybody a chance to benefit from it. Instead of just feeling like they are giving back, they are getting something in return.”

The organization hosted its first class of the year Tuesday in Mabee Gym, and students were able to participate with a $3 donation. Faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend as well.

On Oct. 30, Zeta Phi Beta will be hosting a free Zumba class in honor of Zeta Week, a week-long event with Zeta Phi Beta sponsored programs.