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Zumba on the dance floor

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re aware of the Zumba-mania that’s been going around. Who doesn’t love Zumba? With its combination of salsa, cumbia, and bachata steps, as well as other Latin rhythms, it’s a party every time you choose to work-out.

People love it because they feel like they’re really dancing, but are those dance steps good enough to use on the actual dance floor? Professional dancers and dance instructors are quick to disprove this theory. There are differences between the salsa you’re dancing in Zumba class and the salsa you see at the clubs.


Read more at NPR.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Well that should go without saying.

  2. HELL NO!!! Do not get it twisted pls. Its a catastrophe.

  3. hahahahahaha you can always tell when someone learned their moves from an exercise class :)

  4. Yesssss!! I make em look good lol

  5. theres one or the other..and then there’s fusion…just keep the lunges, squats and jumping jacks out of the club lol!

  6. Nope keep that in the gym.Just because u Zumba doesn’t make an expert in LATIN dance. LOL

  7. Just because ur Latin doesn’t make u a good dancer :)

  8. I think some of the moves are ok , but hey you do it if you feel comfortable , why not ?.Personally I would not do it but then again I am not 15 years old .

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