About Zumba Fitness

Zumba DanceIt’s fun . . . the type of exercise you’ll want to do everyday and feel good about doing it!

It’s different. You probably never thought you’d be exercising to this type of music, or working with an instructor like Beto. Beto makes learning Zumba simple by easily guiding you with his synchronized movements.

It’s easy. You can start at any level and it’s easier than any other program you’ve done before. Hey, everybody can dance, right?

It’s effective. It is an aerobic workout, which we all know works. But it’s more fun, which makes you stick with the program until you get results.

By combining incredible dancing ability, knowledge of fitness, choreography skills, and up-to-date music, Beto has created ZUMBA… a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin flavor!

History of Zumba Fitness

A native of Columbia, Alberto “Beto” Perez began his career as a small boy dancing on the street corner for spare change. When he grew older, he was accepted into the prestigious Maria Sanford Brazilian Dance Academy. After graduation, he became an instructor at the Academy specializing in Latin Dance. Beto taught classes for the Salsa, Merengue and Rumba. He also taught Tap, Funk, Jazz and Modern dance. Later, his interest in physical fitness led him to become a certified personal trainer and receive his I.S.A.T. degree.

Zumba DanceWhile touring with his dance team “New Edition,” Beto visited the United States for the first time. On his second visit in 1999, Beto realized that South Beach Miami was where he wanted to stay.

Although he spoke little English and had no contacts, Beto managed to secure an audition with the fitness director at Williams Island in Miami. As Beto began to show off his unique Zumba moves, the aerobics room began to fill with curious exercisers. As the new “class” spontaneously joined in, Beto was hired on the spot.

Since then, Beto has Zumba’d his way into the top fitness centers in the Miami area. These centers include Crunch Fitness, The Point, Olympia Gym, US1 Fitness and Ocean Point.

Aside from teaching Zumba to packed classes, Beto has continued to work as a choreographer. Most recently he has designed routines for such popular Latin artists as Shakira, Carolina Sabino and Marcelo Cezan.

Beto is also in demand as a dancer, appearing on such popular Latin shows as “Don Francisco” as well as the Acapulco festival and “Siempre en Domingo,” in Puerto Rico. His phenomenal fitness success has been profiled on dozens of television shows and magazines including People, Deco Drive, Telemundo, Univision and Despierta America. Recently, Beto and Zumba was showcased at the 2001 Paul Mitchell Fitness Contest at South Beach, and later at the Crunch Fitness Festival in Rimini, Italy.

His creation, ZUMBA, is a one-of-a-kind combination of dance and aerobics, designed to put “FUN” back into fitness! With the release of his first Zumba videos in 2002, Beto has realized a lifelong dream to help people look and feel sexy… get in shape… have fun… and dance their cares away!