Famed Zumba® Instructor Draws Sold-out Crowd to Columbia Gym

Photo credit: Jill Myers Photography

It was high-tempo, high-energy and highly popular. For 90 minutes on Friday, July 13, more than 100 area residents combined dance and fitness through a Zumba® exercise class taught by famed instructor Maria Browning.
Browning has traveled the world performing alongside Beto Perez, the creator of Zumba®, and she has been featured in numerous Zumba® DVDs and is the lead trainer for the Aqua Zumba® program.

Photo credit: Jill Myers Photography

The master class sold out far in advance, with about 120 people filling up the basketball court at the Columbia Gym, located at 6151 Day Long Lane in Clarksville. Browning also led two training sessions for Zumba® instructors on July 14 and July 15, both of which also sold out.
A large ovation broke out when Browning first entered the room on Friday. It was nearly constant movement from there, with Browning and others leading the class from a small platform for much of the time.

Photo credit: Jill Myers Photography

Browning donated $700, or half of her salary, to the JT Children Foundation, a charity helping children in Guatemala. In addition, photographer Jill Myers is donating 100 percent of the sales of print pictures from the event, according to organizer Megan Cooperman.
Zumba® and Aqua Zumba® are among the most popular fitness classes that Columbia Association (CA) offers. A schedule of classes can be found here.

Photo credit: Jill Myers Photography

Zumba® also will be the centerpiece of two upcoming events hosted by CA: Zumba® Under the Stars, which is being held on Sunday, July 22, at Swansfield Mini-WaterPark; and National Dance Day, which is being held Saturday, July 28, at the Supreme Sports Club.

Photo credit: Jill Myers Photography

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3 responses to “Famed Zumba® Instructor Draws Sold-out Crowd to Columbia Gym

  1. Amy B

    Awesome photography!!! wow!

  2. Pingback: Photo of the Day: World Class Zumba | What is Cardio

  3. Simply Love Maria and all she does for the entire fitness community, thank you Maria!

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