Published on February 18th, 2013 | by Olivia Estrada0
Students Dance for Healthy Hearts
Above photo by Eric Hernandez: Students and staff swing, sway and twirl to a variety of music as part of the Zumbathon event Feb. 7 in the Neil Carey Arena.
Olivia Estrada, Contributor
The Rec Center hosted the first Zumbathon event, led by Samantha DeLegge-Stevenson, on Feb. 7.
The Zumbathon was inspired by the American Heart Association in light of February being Heart Disease Awareness Month.
The event began at 5:15 p.m. with a raffle sale and donations. The dancing began at 5:45 p.m. and lasted until 7:10 p.m. DeLegge-Stevenson is the fitness coordinator for Lewis University’s group fitness classes, and has been Zumba certified for four years. DeLegge-Stevenson used to teach Zumba at several other gyms, but now instructs full-time at Lewis.
DeLegge-Stevenson mentioned that it takes ten hours to create one zumba routine for a class.
The songs used are mostly requests from students, and they change every six weeks.
“This was a great event to promote heart health by moving, dancing, cardio, and having fun,” DeLegge-Stevenson said.