One wonderful evening, the story goes, Beto Perez forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching.

He took the tapes available in his car – which were of the traditional Latin salsa and merengue music and improvised a class using this non-traditional aerobics music.

His class went crazy and demanded him to go on with this new dance aerobics to Latin music.

After the initial success in Colombia, he took the class to the United States. In Florida, Beto met two columbian entrepreneurs who helped him launching and marketing this new craze they called “Zumba“.

Grooving to the beats of merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip hop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, tango and belly dance music feels more like a dance party than a workout, which is exactly what makes Zumba so popular.

Zumba is one of the most fun and versatile fitness crazes to come along in a long time. Classes can be geared for just about any fitness level.

The combination of music, dance moves, and people having fun makes it easy to you lose track of time – you’ll always be surprised that an hour went by.