Zumba no longer just exercise, it’s big business
June 25, 2012 1:39 PM ET
By Kevin Gray
MIAMI (Reuters) – Alberto Perez started out as a street performer and then an aerobics teacher in Colombia, making extra cash on the side teaching the wives of businessmen how to dance in nightclubs in his hometown, Cali.
Today, he stands at the center of the Zumba exercise craze, having helped transform Zumba Fitness, a private company, into a rapidly growing fitness empire with heavyweight investor backing.
“I’m not a businessman, but I knew this had the potential to be something special,” said Perez, who along with two Colombian associates founded the Miami-based company.
Zumba, a Latin dance-inspired aerobic workout, has exploded from a Miami gym phenomenon to infomercial and DVD smash hit into a global craze with some 12 million people taking classes every week in at least 125 countries. Zumba Fitness now boasts being the largest branded fitness program in the world.
Started on a shoestring budget in a Miami garage nearly 11 years ago, Zumba Fitness now has more than 200 employees, and a pair of New York investment firms are betting the craze has staying power.
What began as a company focused on fitness has evolved into a lifestyle and entertainment brand combining e-commerce, apparel and music, and a sought-after outlet for stars like hip-hop artists Pitbull and Wyclef Jean and reggaeton singer Don Omar who have turned to Zumba to promote their music.
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Zumba Sentao Class on Friday, June 22nd in Indio, CA
Thank you, Coachella Valley, for an absoluetly AWESOME and AMAZING Sentao Master Class on Friday night! It was a BLAST!!! :D I can’t wait to dance with you all again soon!
For those of you interested, here is the playlist from the MC:
9:09 DJ FRANCIS MASTER CLASS MIXXX
4:09 Besito’ E Caramelo – Reggaeton / Cumbia
7:12 Echa Pa’lante – Belly Dance / Reggaeton
6:14 Contigo – Salsa / Reggaeton
4:55 Tonto No – Reggaeton Tropical
3:51 Como Es Que Se Llama? – Cumbia / Reggaeton / Bachata / Merengue
3:19 Hybrid – Caribbean Hip-Hop
3:18 Reggaeton Latino – Reggaeton
3:46 Enamórate Grupo Treo
3:22 Clap Stop Jump – Hip-Hop
3:48 Quebra As Cadeira – Axe
4:01 Arrasando Thalia
3:11 Las Avispas
4:22 All Night Long Alexandra Burke
4:26 Destra Garcia Ft. Sean Paul – Free It Up
4:12 Bolide – Soldat Jahman
3:16 BALADA BOA
4:01 build a big house dr victor Reggae Hits
3:54 Overcome Alexandra Burke
Upcoming Zumba Fitness Events!
Come try it tomorrow night (June 22rd) in Indio, California!
Upcoming Zumba Fitness Events with Alena!
Friday, June 8th: Zumba Fitness Master Class in RENO with Jake Pinto at Z Body Fitness! Register today at zbodyfitness.com.
Saturday, June 16th: Zumba Fitness Master Class in MONTEREY at Z Club Fitness!
Friday, June 22nd: SENTAO AND Zumba Fitness Master Class in INDIO at My Fitness Studio!