I Don’t Work Out, I Zumba!

Class of 2015 Holds Zumba Night Fundraiser for Students and Families

Megumi Kamikawa

Staff Writer

    As a combination between music and aerobics, Zumba fitness has become a trending international exercise program for people of all ages over the past several years.

    Recently, American High School has provided the Class of 2015 the opportunity to fundraise money through this voluntary fitness program. Although generally new to the school, Zumba Night has been a successful event amongst teachers, students, and their families.

    “Our first Zumba event was spring of 2013,” Class of 2015’s president Arian Ezat (11) said. “We just wanted to try something that hasn’t been done before, you know? So when the class council got together to brainstorm fundraising ideas, Zumba came up!”

    Events like Zumba Night brought a new flavor of fundraising to American High School. Students were able to exercise and, at the same time, enjoy time with their friends.

    “I personally love the attitude and vibe I get from students when we do hold these events,” Class of 2015’s vice president Pauline Le (11) said. “They’re always so positive and students who do go are always surprised at how fun Zumba actually is.”

Half-way through Zumba Night on November 8, 2013, students join one of the dance instructors up on stage. Hai Phan (11), Albert Huang (10), Derek Tin (11), instructor Ramirez, and Daniel Lam (11) enjoyed the many dance routines during the one-and-a-half hour event. “It was really fun,” Huang said. “No one cared that we went on stage to dance.”
Half-way through Zumba Night on November 8, 2013, students join one of the dance instructors up on stage. Hai Phan (11), Albert Huang (10), Derek Tin (11), instructor Ramirez, and Daniel Lam (11) enjoyed the many dance routines during the one-and-a-half hour event. “It was really fun,” Huang said. “No one cared that we went on stage to dance.”

    As of this year, the Zumba Night fundraisers provided 10 points of P.E. credit for freshmen and sophomores who attended. The students’ positive feedback convinced the class council to plan continuing the offer for future Zumba fundraisers.

    “I didn’t go last year, but I did this year for the P.E. credit,” sophomore Vidya Pingali said. “I thought it was cool and a good incentive. I thought a lot more people would show up because of it.”

    Many freshmen and sophomore students participated in Zumba Night in order to receive their extra credit points, but in the end, a large majority recognized the enjoyment that came from the program. The loud, upbeat music and energetic atmosphere was a nice experience for the students, teachers, and families who attended.

    “This was my first time coming to Zumba Night,” sophomore Albert Huang said. “Even though we did get P.E. credits, it was fun just messing around with my friends.”

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