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Zumba is a type of energetic and uplifting dance-exercise system that originated in the mid-1990s. Fitness trainer Beto Perez conceived the style inspired by the Columbian programs that integrated elements of Latin music and dance (i.e., salsa and merengue) into the workout regime. The program named Zumba® was formally structured in the United States in 1999, and its founders (including Perez, and his partners Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion) envisioned a hip routine that would grow into the popular global trend. Today, Zumba® programs are rolled out to many countries internationally, including Canada (where Goodlife chain and many other fitness facilities now offer Zumba® classes).
The movement style of Zumba® is based on the simple full body movements. The dance routine is derived from salsa and focuses on strengthening the core. Zumba® also requires the full body engagement and movement coordination. The purpose is that the practitioners have fun while achieving their fitness goals.