By Sanmai Gbandi
The bash will be in the McLane Student Life Center. Door prizes and free snacks will be provided, and the student organization that brings the most members will win a free Zumba party.
The Zumba Bash is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. It is free and open to all students.
The Women’s History Month events at Baylor have had a unifying theme of educating women on how to be fit and live healthy lives.
Annelise Hardegree, a graduate assistant in the department of multicultural affairs, said she hopes this event will encourage all students to be healthy.
“We want to encourage health and fitness on campus, and a Zumba Bash is a fun way to do it,” she said. “While it falls under our list of Women’s History Month events, it is open to all students and in fact, everyone is encouraged to attend.”
Spring senior Francis Vu is one of the Zumba instructors who will be leading the bash on Thursday.
Vu said people enjoy Zumba because it is more exciting than a typical workout.
“People are more attracted to Zumba because of the atmosphere that is created in the Zumba class,” he said, “It’s fun, exciting and energetic so you forget you’re getting an amazing workout while you’re there.”
Zumba was created by fitness trainer Alberto Perez in his hometown of Cali, Colombia.
The Latin-based fitness workout is a combination of low-impact aerobics and traditional Latin dance moves. Once it caught on in Colombia, Perez moved to the United States and started a class. The fitness class caught on in a few years and has evolved into a workout staple.
The Zumba Bash is a way for students to come together and celebrate Women’s History Month while also burning calories.