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Beat the Winter Blahs: Social center Zumba

Karin DeMuro, Kye Turner, Marci Wren and Arin Burdo teach Zumba, a fitness class set to music, at the Elizabethtown Social Center.

Karin DeMuro, Kye Turner, Marci Wren and Arin Burdo teach Zumba, a fitness class set to music, at the Elizabethtown Social Center. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The New Year always brings an increase of people to the “dance floor.”

That’s the goal behind Zumba, an exercise craze that has continued to draw people in.

“It’s fun for people who like to move to music and get a little exercise as well,” Elizabethtown Social Center Director Arin Burdo said. “It is a fun atmosphere. You are really trying to focus on that party atmosphere and there is not a lot of pressure on you to have to know all of the moves and do them exactly right.”

Burdo is one of four Zumba instructors at the social center, which recently added a fifth option for classes. Zumba is held at the centers Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (instructor Marci Wren); Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. (Burdo) and its new time of 5 to 6 p.m. (Kye Turner); Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. (Karin DeMuro) and Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. (Burdo). Classes are $5 per session for adults and free for teens.

“We all get together and its a great chance to talk with each other and work out together,” DeMuro said. “It’s all about the music and there are so many different types of music that we use. Once people get into it, they love it because it is something that is for every age and every level.”

“It has been a great class,” Wren, who was the first Zumba instructor at the social center, said. “It’s a community of people that come here to have fun and it has been so exciting to see the program expand and grow.”

“I am all about colors and so is Zumba,” Turner said.

Burdo said that the classes grow during the winter months when people are looking for indoor exercise options.

“Post-holidays is always the busiest time of year,” she said.

Along with Zumba programs offered in Elizabethtown, several communities have similar Zumba classes. The Heritage House in Westport offers Zumba Classes on Sundays and Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the Elizabethtown Community Center Zumba classes or their other events, visit the website elizabethtownsocialcenter.org.

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