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Zumba to Rossmoor and Ashkenaz

Zumba Past

Karen Lile led the Zumba at Party in Pink Zumbathon Oct 2010. Photography by Kendall Ross Bean

Karen Lile as Zumba teacher and Organizer

In 2009-2011, Karen Lile was a certified Zumba instructor for two years, leading three weekly classes. During that time, Karen introduced Zumba to two communities: Del Valle Clubhouse in Rossmoor and Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Karen is no longer teaching Zumba, but is delighted that the instructors she hosted in these communities have continued to lead large groups of delighted students in daily fitness.

Zumba History with Karen Lile

Zumba is for Men and Women. Photography by Kendall Ross Bean

About the Music


Photography by Kendall Ross Bean

Each Zumba instructor choreographs for their own classes and chooses their own music. But all classes include specific Zumba music and steps that everyone who does Zumba uses around the world.

What is the history of Zumba?

Celebrity fitness trainer, "Beto" Perez, stumbled upon the concept of Latin-inspired dance-fitness in his native Cali, Colombia in the mid-'90s.

One day, he walked into his aerobics class and realized he had forgotten his aerobics music. Thinking quickly, he grabbed whatever tapes he had in his backpack. Beto's tapes were comprised of songs he loved, the traditional Latin salsa and merengue music he listened to all his life. But it was a challenge to improvise a whole class on the spot using non-traditional aerobics music. Beto rose to the challenge and from this last-minute improvisation a revolutionary new concept in fitness was born – the Zumba Fitness-Party! The class soon became the most popular class at his fitness facility.

For the rest of the story, see: Zumba.com


Photography by Kendall Ross Bean