MOOERS - Zumba, the worldwide dance-exercise craze, has made its way into the Northern Tier.
The class is taught by Tracy Posada, a newly-certified Zumba instructor and physical education teacher at Peru Central School.
Posada began taking Zumba classes at Peru Central after the school's athletic director, Cathy Phillips, brought in an instructor from Vermont.
"I fell in love with," explained Posada. "I just thought it was the coolest thing. When you work out, you don't even feel like you're working out."
However, with various time constraints, Posada had to stop taking the classes. Eventually, though, with advice from Phillips, she decided to take Zumba a step further, and become a certified instructor herself.
"I just started teaching it in my phys. ed. classes, learned the dances and then started here just a couple weeks ago," she explained of the Mooers class.
Posada took up instructing Zumba in Mooers after a friend suggested it might be an ideal location.
"The big hub is Plattsburgh right now," she explained. "So, people are going to Plattsburgh. But, if you live in Mooers, that's a big hike. It's easier for one person to come out here than it is to have 160 people go out there."
Posada anticipated having 15 people turn out for the first class, but was surprised to find nearly 70 women ready to work out.
"It was awesome," recalled Posada. "Then, it went up to like 100."
Now, Posada holds classes at the elementary school cafeteria every Monday and Wednesday, with sessions from 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. She is also considering adding classes on Friday evenings.
"Zumba is a Latin-infused dance party," Posada said. "You don't have to have great rhythm or coordination. You come, you show up and as long as you're not killing anyone, knocking people down, then you're doing Zumba right." Despite having a large number of women attending the Mooers classes, Posada said there is still space for more women to attend.