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THE #ZINCON BUZZ

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Beto + Balang: Dreams Do Come True!

When Balang first laid eyes on a Zumba® class, the 7-year old Filipino firecracker dreamt of becoming an Instructor himself. So at 2016&#…

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Meet Marc Elliot

Marc Elliot was the honorary speaker at this year’s Zumba Instructor Convention. For somebody who lived with Tourette’s Syndr…

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Shaggy Behind the Scenes!

You know him as the smooth voice behind “Mr. Boombastic”, “It Wasn’t Me”, “Angel”, “I Need Your Love”, and “I Got You”. His reggae beats …

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Get to Know Angel Colon

As you may know, incredible human being and Pulse Nightclub survivor Angel Colon took the stage at #ZINCON 2016 to show off his dance mov…

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Meet Aisha

Meet Aisha – a popstar from Japan who has a love for Zumba® classes! She recently collaborated with Zumba® creator Beto Perez for her lat…

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Overcoming the Loss of My Mom

“I had been a Zumba Instructor for a little over 2 years when my mom was diagnosed with a tumor. I moved back to my hometown to be with h…

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Which Song Lyric is Your Motto?

Lyrics mean something different to everybody. Whether they get you through a difficult day, pump you up for an awesome workout, or make y…

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Dancing With Diabetes

“It was as a small child that I slipped into a month and a half long coma. When I awoke, I was told I was diabetic and had to begin…

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What’s Your Zumba® Personality?

We all love Zumba® classes, but every student is a little different. Some of us come for the party, some of us come for a killer workout.…

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Prince ‘Purple Rain’

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. The world was shocked and saddened to hear of singer, s…

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Never Say Never

UPDATE FROM SANDY: “For double-mastectomy survivors like myself, there is a misconception that breast cancer can not return. There …

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Breaking Up With The Scale

It seems innocent enough, sitting there on the bathroom floor waiting for you to step on it. But, your scale may be causing you more harm…

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How I Found Myself Again

“In 2013, I was exhausted from the second I woke up to the minute I went to sleep. I had a 10-year old and worked a full-time offic…

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Hey Papaw, Don't Be Sad!

We love that you’re having a giant cookout and that tons of people will be joining you for delicious burgers. We wish we could make…

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Dancing Through a Tornado

“This past Christmas, I was visiting my parents in Texas for the holidays. On December 26th, we were getting ready to head to dinne…

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The Dance-Empathy Connection

You may have read this recent article in The Atlantic about teaching children empathy through dance classes. Studies show that, after par…

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My New Way of Life

“I am a mother of a two and three year old. My husband travels constantly for work. Last summer, I was tired, worn out, feeling lon…

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Party Like It's 1999

There’s something about the holiday season that makes us yearn for days of yore. And for whatever reason, we can’t stop think…

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A Dance-Worthy Life

“I came to New York at the age of 21 to pursue dance. I was in the top level at the Alvin Alley school and, although I was performing qui…

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A Healthy Addiction

“I had been obese all my life, but about 15 years ago at 435 pounds I had a moment. While looking at my mother after open-heart surgery, …

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Keeping My Head Above Water

“The best way I can describe my clinical depression is to compare it to drowning in the ocean. When I am depressed, everything is diluted…

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A New Career at 58

Three years ago, Art Angelopoulos weighed more than he ever had and, at 28% body fat, was at risk for type II diabetes. With 25 years as …

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I’m Done Being Negative

“There’s a quote that has always resonated with me. It goes something like this, ‘What screws us up most in life is the picture in our he…

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An Ability to Inspire

Born with Muscular Dystrophy, Maritza has spent her life physically bound to a wheelchair. But mentally, she has no barriers. “From a ver…

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A Bump in the Road

“In August 2012, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer,” says Linda Few. “And after one year of chemo treatments, foll…

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What Kind of Cruiser Are You?

When you’re at sea, is it the food-around-the-clock options that draws you in or the endless amount of activities? Take this quiz and fin…

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From CPA to Dancing Queen

Charlene Rhinehart grew up like so many young girls – introverted, shy, and lacking the inner confidence needed to chase her dreams. She …

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The Only Truth is Love

Shortly after Jacqueline Grace was born, she was diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a rare genetic condition that often takes one’s life be…

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A Hero for Happiness

Jhonny Pico Hernandez is a Colombian police officer who has a passion for spreading a message of hope and joy across his war-torn country…

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From Bullying to Dancing

Natalie Burlison has battled more demons in just a few years than most people experience in a lifetime. For any normal teenager, navigati…

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A Match Made in Dance

Acea Theroux had recently become a licensed Zumba® Instructor when he decided it was time to take his dance moves to a Zumba class. He di…

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8 Insta Dance Stars

We’re all guilty of scrolling through our Instagram feeds multiple times throughout the day. Whether you follow strictly friends, fashion…

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REAL MEN DANCE

Six guys got together to show off some moves and shared with us the reasons they love to dance.

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A Flight Attendant Who Inspires

Eleanor Van Niekerk has a hectic schedule. As a flight attendant for South African Airways, she often finds herself on long overnight fli…

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Queen Harrison’s Zumba Story

Meet Queen Harrison. The olympic athlete and role model discovered the Zumba® program in the beginning of 2015 and Zumba reached out to f…

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Size 18 to a 4!

Three years ago Wendy was severely obese and suffered from multiple health problems. “I was miserable. I can remember looking at photos f…

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Goodbye Hypertension!

Vickie first entered the doors of a Zumba studio as a 400 lb+ shy woman; it was all so strange to her. “Had someone told me that I&n…

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Men Only Zumba group!

“What if we put together a group of male instructors for charity?” Greg and Peggy Rojas asked. In 2013, that question was the beginning o…

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I was A Victim Of Bullying

Like many teens, Samantha Arregui was a victim of bullying.” I was the chubby girl with no rhythm,” Samantha recalled. “I couldn’t …

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My Panic Attacks Are Gone!

Monica started teaching Zumba classes in her local church gym with eight students. She recalled “I was 44 year’s old and nobody’s i…

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Embracing My Handicap

Veronica Locatelli is a 29-year-old physiotherapist and devoted Zumba fan. Growing up, she always loved to dance and play volle…

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My Wake Up Call

In 2010, Manny Carerras’ doctor told him that if he didn’t change his ways, he would be dead. Manny suffered from Severe Sleep Apnea, Ext…

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No Diets Worked!

At 230 pounds, Kerri was devastated that her weight had spiraled out of control, but she knew she had to do something. After trying every…

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Wedding Ready

A Marketing and Media Relations Manager for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Kate McGowan was originally brought into the Zumba family through…

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90 pounds gone!

“Enough is enough,” JaMiah Myers told herself. Weighing in at over 300 pounds, she wandered into her first Zumba class and everything cha…

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Medicine of Choice

Feeling completely lost, Dara E. Johnson went to therapy to get some direction. Weekly sessions with a psychologist brought back some pai…

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The Doctors Were Wrong

In her late teens, Ashley Davidson was so overweight, she thought an eating disorder was the only way out. And after her son’s…

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#LetItMoveYou

You were moving to the sound of the beat before you could speak. Shaking your legs, feeling the rhythm without reserve…for all the world …

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5 ABtastic Exercises

Abs. We’ve all got them…somewhere buried deep down under a few layers. Right? The highly coveted six-pack is no easy feat. And whether it…

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