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Why I Tried One Zumba Class And Will Never Go Back

Nancy Solomon | Posted 08.19.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Solomon

I walk into Zumba class and immediately feel old. The women are my daughter's age, they look revved up and, as they would say, 'super' excited about this 'amazing' class.

Father's Day Ad Reminds The World That 'Real Men Dance'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.16.2016 | Parents

This new Father's Day ad goes out to "men who aren't afraid to shake it." Zumba Fitness teamed up with some awesome dads and kids -- including 10-year...

Work It, Girl

Valeria Laura Rigo | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Valeria Laura Rigo

As a kid, I was really really chubby: all the doctors blamed whatever issue I had on my weight (even the dermatologist), I was really mocked at school...

6 Playlists That Are Perfect For Your Next Workout

HuffPost Partner Studio | Posted 08.08.2016 | Healthy Living

When it comes to workouts, there’s no better combination than an energetic sweat session and a killer pump-up playlist. (Consult these studies if yo...

7 Characters You're Sure to Find in a Zumba Class

Ari Adams | Posted 01.29.2017 | Healthy Living
Ari Adams

As most of my close friends and family know, I've become a little bit of a Zumba addict in recent years. Like, I attend a bunch of different ones, at ...

Zumba Through Depression

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 09.01.2016 | Healthy Living
20 Beautiful Women

I was after that runner's high. Every runner knows the feeling. It's when you're one with the wind and despite how long you've been on a run, you feel no pain... only pure joy.

6-Year-Old Girl With Bone Marrow Disorder Slays At Zumba

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.25.2015 | Good News

This little girl's Zumba moves will make you want to get movin' right along with her. Audrey Nethery, a 6-year-old with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a ra...

Fireball, I'm On Fire -- and the Beat Goes On!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.25.2016 | Entertainment
Sidonie Sawyer

Today I took my first Zumba class. A sea of 35 eager participants was getting psyched up when the tiny teacher began the music. Latin groove and dancing beats only want to make you move your feet.

My Wedding Was My Inspiration, But I Lost 40 Pounds For Me

Casey Dembowski | Posted 06.10.2016 | Weddings
Casey Dembowski

It's easy to call me a fitness fanatic bride and be done with it. But losing all that weight was never my goal -- and I didn't "do it for the wedding." I just did it for me.

Five Ways to Create Greater Success With Others

Kare Anderson | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Attract and serve unexpected allies with different talents and life and work experiences and you are more likely to gain insights that lead to your greater success - and theirs.

Michelle Obama And Jimmy Fallon Just Took Mom Dance Moves To The Next Level

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents

Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon really know to bust a move. In honor of the fifth anniversary of FLOTUS' Let's Move campaign, Obama teamed up with...

This Exercise Craze Is Giving Low-Income Women A Chance To Prioritize Their Health

The Huffington Post | Daina Beth Solomon | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact

This story first appeared in Intersections South L.A., a publication of the Annenberg Media Center, on October 30, 2014. “She used to be fat!” ...

Death By Zumba

Ravishly | Posted 04.19.2015 | Comedy

Suddenly the music stops, and I stumble from the dank classroom, shaking and sweating from parts of me that I didn't even know could sweat. Seated on the lounge couch, I marvel that I survived the ordeal. Try again next week, my fellow Zumba classmates urge me. It gets easier with time.

Going Against the Flow: Kajal Desai, Cofounder of Doonya

Charu Sharma | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Charu Sharma

Kajal is the mastermind behind Doonya's Bollywood dance workout curriculum and fitness formula. Kajal is certified by the American Council of Exercise, and has a lifetime's worth of training in South Asian pop and classical dance forms, as well as years of training in hip-hop and jazz.

8,000 People Gather on National Mall to Raise $1.9M for Heart Disease Research

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Last Saturday the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association hosted its 11th Annual DC Heart Walk on the National Mall.

Rashard Lost 93 Pounds: 'Ladies, Don't Be Afraid Of The Weights'

Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living

Name: Rashard Pennie Age: 36 Height: 5'6" Before Weight: 248 pounds How I Gained It: I was heavy as a child, and I was overweight all through hi...

Lacey Lost 100 Pounds: 'You're Going To Have Bad Days, But What Awaits You Is Beyond Anything You Can Imagine'

Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living

Name: Lacey Tanner Age: 24 Height: 5'7" Before Weight: 265 pounds How I Gained It: I was a big little girl. I remember being in kindergarten and...

Zumba: How I Got My Groove Back After Trauma

Tracy Strauss | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

Nervous, I stood in the back of the room so as to not be noticed making what I anticipated would be a fool of myself. I'd left my contact lenses at home so that I wouldn't be able to see myself in the mirror, but I could still make out the shape of my body in the distance.

I Was Born to Dance

Myra Demeter | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of the little girl in pink tights, leotard and pink ballet slippers who occupied the space opposite me for so many years.

Among Dancing Queens, I Am the Jester

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Alisa Schindler

By the time the class is over, I had redefined the word spastic, bumped into the woman next to me twice, peed my pants just a little, and realized that while I thought I could dance, I actually could not.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

How Zumba Empowered Me to Move Forward

Gina Ryder | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Gina Ryder

Zumba's slogan is "join the party." One of the best decisions I ever made was joining the party. There is rarely a "maybe later" in life or dance. Moving in the moment is the only way to heal sometimes.

Snuggling: My Motivational Band-Aid

Shannon Deep | Posted 09.22.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

But there is some link, at least for me, between a happy home life and being a slug about everything else. That Josh loves me can't be the reason I love myself. That he thinks I am smart, competent and worthy can't be the reason I believe those things. It has to come from me.

Love Like You're Leaving

Susan Rosenzweig | Posted 08.24.2014 | New York
Susan Rosenzweig

In honor of this legendary town that has been my other half for most of my adult life, I've been collecting a list of all the things I will miss when I'm gone. Even I'm surprised how long it is. I thought I'd share 10 of my favorites.

Amanda Lost 110 Pounds: 'Was It Easy? No. Was It Worth It? Yes!'

Posted 05.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at and you could be featured in our I Lost Weight series! Name: A...