About Zumba® and our group classes:
Join the party and get in shape!
Meet Your Zumba® Instructor:
Marissabel Alvarez Mayol became a licensed ZUMBA® Instructor in June of 2010. While in law school in Florida, she was tired of carrying around an extra 60 pounds that seemed to appear out of nowhere. Bored with treadmills and elliptical machines, she tried a ZUMBA® class at a nearby gym and slowly began to dance those pounds off. After realizing that ZUMBA® was not only the reason for her weight loss, but was also her reason for enjoying life and having more fun than ever before, she knew she wanted to teach ZUMBA® to give others the chance to feel as good as she did. Having been inspired by her own ZUMBA® Instructors, Lina Hernandez and Raelys Arroyo, Marissabel brought ZUMBA® to the Bergen County Village of Ridgefield Park, NJ in October of 2010 and has been teaching ever since.
Marissabel is a graduate of Amarily’s Academy of Dance Arts wherein she underwent extensive training for over fifteen (15) years in ballet, flamenco, tap, and jazz which wives russian allows her to add a unique and special touch to her choreographies within her ZUMBA® classes. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University.
Marissabel is committed to improving her skills as a ZUMBA® Instructor by continuing training and education to create the best experience possible for her class participants. She has trained with the creator of ZUMBA®, Beto Perez, as well as many other renown members of the ZUMBA® fitness program such as Tanya Beardsley, Jani Roberts, Ali Ramirez, and Kelly Bullard.
Marissabel is currently licensed in ZUMBA® Basic Level 1, ZUMBA® Basic Level 2, ZUMBA® Toning and Zumbatomic®. She is also a member of ZIN (ZUMBA® Instructor Network). She approaches each class with such a passion and love for ZUMBA® that it radiates out of her in each and every class that she teaches.
Who created Zumba®?
The creative genius behind Zumba® is Beto Perez. Beto began dancing as a young boy in Columbia. An accomplished fitness professional, dancer and choreographer, Beto, created Zumba® as a result of improvising when he forgot his traditional aerobics music for his fitness class one day. He used his personal, Latin music instead of his traditional aerobic tapes to teach his class. The class was a hit!
Beto moved from his native country of Columbia to the United States in 2000. He continued to work hard while living in Miami and by 2002 Zumba Fitness, LLC was created. Beto and Zumba’s® philosophy is that fitness should be fun, effective and easy-to-do. Zumba’s® success around the world is a clear indication that their company philosophy rings true.
Why do participants love Zumba®?
Anyone can participate. The classes are designed for all levels and ages of participants; for dancers and non-dancers alike. Zumba® has classes for kids through active older adults. You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy Zumba®; you just have to have a great attitude and willingness to have fun. Zumba® was created out of Beto’s passion for music, dance and fitness. He wanted fitness to “be fun” and effective. Zumba® participants learn very quickly that this philosophy rings true in class. They get positive results with the workout which keeps them interested and committed. Many students have said, “It doesn’t feel like I’m exercising”. Zumba® creates a non-intimidating workout environment where everyone feels accepted for who they are regardless of age, ability and/or fitness level.
What makes Zumba® so effective?
Zumba® is designed to be the most time efficient workout possible. Within a Zumba® class you will get the benefits of a cardio and body toning workout all in one. The intermittent fast and slow rhythms of the class combined with resistance training movements give participants the most time efficient workout possible. Zumba® uses movements throughout the class that challenge your core, balance, flexibility and muscular and cardio endurance. The intoxicating music and the fun movements make it easy to love. What better way to release stress than “dance” your cares and worries away for an hour. It’s a great workout for the mind, body and soul.
The goal is simple; the creators of Zumba® want people to be healthy, to want to workout and love working out. S Come check out a Zumba® class today!
To learn more about Zumba® to to Zumba.com.