Spanish Zumba Class Teaching Dance And Culture

By: Rudy Mezzy Email
By: Rudy Mezzy Email

If you're looking to combine culture and exercise on a Monday or Tuesday night, the YWCA in Grand Island may be the place for you.
Spanish Zumba classes started about two months ago, and teacher Sandra Barrera provides an authentic feel.

Barrera says, "I am from Colombia. We started a Zumba class in my country. So, in my country, it's fun to dance and we dance every single day for everything."

Those learning about a different culture through the art of dance say they enjoy the experience and notice a difference from regular Zumba.

"More Latin dance." says Pam Morris, an active member of the class, "It's more moves. It's fun, it's really a great class and she's doing a great job with us."

Another difference is the music, which covers all Latin backgrounds.

"We have different types of music, we have from all different countries," says Barrera. "We have from Brazil, we have from Columbia, we have Merengue, Salsa, Samba and Cumbia."

In a multi-cultural community like Grand Island, class participants welcome the chance to teach and learn about other cultures.

"I think the need's growing," says Morris, "I mean we have a call for it, so why not take advantage of it? Everybody can join it, it's not one particular group, so it's a great class to come to."

Barrera says, "They [class members] have the opportunity to learn about other countries and maybe listen to Spanish, too. We can yell when we dance! And we laugh, we can have mistakes when we dance. So, we repeat again and we do it. We have fun!"

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