Zumba craze sweeps Donegal

The latest dance and fitness craze is currently being rolled out across Donegal and the interest levels in ‘Zumba’ are likely to soar in the coming weeks.

The latest dance and fitness craze is currently being rolled out across Donegal and the interest levels in ‘Zumba’ are likely to soar in the coming weeks.

Siblings and certified Zumba instructors Andy and Susan McGrath from Inch Island near Burt are taking classes around the northern half of the county at venues in Letterkenny, Termon, Manorcunningham and Buncrana.

Andy has been living in Scotland for 20 years and will commute from his home in Paisley for the midweek classes in Donegal, whilst continuing to be an instructor in Scotland.

“Zumba is the biggest dance craze in the world right now,” Andy said. “It is a fun way to dance the calories away and the programme combines Latin and international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun.

“Zumba is very popular in Scotland right now and as a Donegal man I am delighted to have the chance to bring it home.

“Currently, there are literally tens of thousands of people in the United Kingdom taking the classes, a fact emphasised by the fact there are 1,400 trained instructors in the central belt of Scotland alone.”

Zumba incorporates popular rhythms like merengue, foxtrot, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, belly dance, waltz, tango and samba.

It was the brainchild of Colombian Alberto Perlman and first came to prominence in South America in 2001. Since then its popularity has spread throughout the world.

Zumba classes are offered through licensed instructors in more than 110 countries with an estimated 10 million participants worldwide.

Classes take place weekly as follows - Tuesday 6-7pm An Craoibhin, Termon; Wednesday 5-6pm, Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny; 6.30-7.30pm Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny; 8.30-9.30pm Manorcunningham Resource Centre; Thursday 4-5pm The Convent, Buncrana; 6.30-7.30pm Plaza Ballroom; 8-9pm Cockhill Hall.

For further information please contact Susan on 087-2931460 or add ‘Andy Zumba’ as a friend on facebook. Classes are €8 each and no booking is necessary.