“Ice, Ice Baby” was given a new interpretation at Monday’s Zumbathon as dancers in the blacklit room showed off their white and neon attire.
Go2Danz held its third Zumbathon at the dance studio next to the Showplace Theater on N. LBJ Street. The room was filled with people sporting brightly-colored leggings and headbands.
Wendy Melendez, owner of Go2Danz, said the Zumbathon is similar to the regular class, but extended to two hours of the exercise. Four instructors kept attendants moving throughout the class. The studio was decorated for the Mardi Gras rave theme — green and purple streamers hung from the ceiling and the word “Zumba” was spelled in pink streamers on the wall.
Melendez said attendees came from Kyle, New Braunfels and San Marcos to participate.
Mariah Schaefer, pre-psychology sophomore, has helped at the studio since early October, when she took hip-hop classes. Schaefer said what attracted her to Zumba was the hip-hop aspect, and grew to appreciate the different styles of dance incorporated.
Zumba offers a mix of salsa, cumbia and reggaeton into one dance. She said people who Zumba increase heart rates and can burn from 800 to 1000 calories in a session, but because it is done to music, the workout is enjoyable.
“The regular class provides a sense of community,” Schaefer said. “It’s a collective effort, and the energy of the music along with the people really make it a great place to relax and dance.”
Pat Cole, San Marcos resident, said he has been attending Zumba classes at the studio for six months. Cole said if anybody says they cannot do it, they have to try the class at least once. Cole said he has lost 10 pounds since attending the classes.
“I’m a guy, and even for a guy it’s challenging,” Cole said. “Anyone who tries it will really like it.”