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Zumba: The one-hour fitness party

Instructor Melissa Weston goes over a few moves before starting a dance at a Woodbury Zumba class offered by the South Washington County Community Education. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

Dancing for an hour straight? Why not?

When it comes to Zumba, the one-hour workout goes by so fast that some dancers don't even realize they're burning calories.

"You don't feel like it's an hour, you don't feel like you're working out and you feel sweaty," said Zumba instructor Melissa Weston.

South Washington County Community Education is offering numerous sessions of Zumba classes this fall, including a Wednesday evening class that attracted 25 participants.

Last Wednesday, the dancers started by warming up, then grooving to music for salsa, samba, hip hop and belly dancing moves.

The group ended the one-hour workout by cooling down to the flamenco among other slower dances.

Gretchen Carlson, adult enrichment and continuing education coordinator for South Washington County Schools, said the class has been increasing in popularity.

"We've had big numbers for Zumba. Big, meaning 50," she said.

The Wednesday class is a new one offered at Woodbury Middle School.

"It keeps people coming back," Weston said.

She added that the music stays the same for five weeks and then it changes, which keeps it fun and different.

"It's always something new," Weston said.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.