What’s Going on Here? Donaldsonville residents get fit with Zumba

LaTreshia Douglas-Simon

WHAT IT IS: In March of this year, Ali Morris, along with her sister Alicia Falsetta started instructing Zumba classes. The two sisters who are from Donaldsonville both work full time jobs but still manage to instruct others on how to stay in shape.

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez in Colombia during the 1990s.

Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.

Ali Morris stated, “my favorite part about teaching Zumba is the energy of the class.”  She also said “it doesn’t matter about the weight. It’s all about doing something you really enjoy and feeling positive about yourself at the end.”

Allison Hudson, a regular Zumba attendee, joined the class a month ago.

“I joined this class because it is fun and I can burn a lot of calories.”  She also said “since joining Zumba, I notice a change in my body weight. Inches are falling off and I’m not as tired as usual and I haven’t been to the gym to workout since joining the class.”

Alicia Falsetto said “my favorite part about teaching is it helps the people let loose and makes them relax. She also said it’s not just a fitness class but it also helps people forget about their worries, it gives them motivation and helps boost their confidence level.”

“I enjoy the class with all my friends,” said Tammy Dale, a regular attendee. “It’s a good way to work out and it doesn’t require a lot of time out of the day.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: If anyone is interested in joining Zumba Fitness contact Ali Morris or Alicia Falsetta. The class is taught for one hour Monday-Thursday 5:15-6:15 pm. Registration: 2 days $30, 3 days $45 and 4 days $ 50. The building is located across the street from The Donaldsonville Chief, in the old Tranquility Spa building.