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I was a little intimidated to try Zumba considering my two left feet. And then felt even more uncomfortable when I learned the class I joined was filled with members of the Grease cast. Great, professional dancers and me?! But instructor, Andria Hanski was quick to make me feel welcome when I told her I don't dance. Oh if I had a nickel for every time someone said that! "We have several people in here that came in here and said 'I don't dance,' but I say just try it and they've been doing it now for a couple of years."

Zumba is made up of mini routines you repeat for an entire song. The choreography can be as advanced as the instructor wants. Fortunately on this day, Andria took it easy on us.  Andria says most people like Zumba because it's different, fun and burns a lot of calories. "People are burning about 600-650 calories for 50 minutes of dance if you want to call it that. It can be anything from Hip-Hop to kick boxing to plies in ballet and fitness."

KOR Fitness is a full service gym in downtown Reno. It's family owned and offers group classes, lots of equipment and windows that overlook downtown. Chad Grayot is the general manager. "It's a real comfortable environment. Same faces, same people, same instructors and staff."

Instructors like Andria who keep packing them in for classes like Zumba... Even for those of us with two left feet.

There will be a Zumba Fest this coming Thursday, October 17th at 5pm at Reno City Plaza across the street from city hall. It's free and open to the public. Zumba instructors from several area gyms will be hosting classes for anyone to come try.

Written By Wendy Damonte
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