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Participants dressed in costumes during the Zumba Mash Halloween party held at the Salt River Community building.

Zumba Fitness Monster Mash

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

As Halloween approached, the fitness staff from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Diabetes Program planned a Zumba Fitness “Monster Mash,” which was held at the Salt River Community Building on October 29.

Those who attended the Monster Mash danced to bumping beats from Latin-inspired hits, ’90s music and, in honor of Halloween, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The participants had fun with new and old routines that each of the instructors presented. Andrew Gonzales, who works for the Fort McDowell Indian Community; Kat Sullivan, who teaches in the Gilbert/Chandler area; and Rachel Seepie and Robin Mowers, both from the Salt River Fitness Center, had a awesome time leading everyone through fun Zumba routines.

“It was great to see even the [teens] out participating in the event,” said Seepie. “It was awesome to see people dress up in their Halloween costumes too.”
The theme for the evening was ’90s Rave/Dance, complete with spinning disco balls and the lights dimmed to give a party flavor to the event.

Highlights included Gonzales’s routine to MC Hammer’s song “Can’t Touch This” and Sullivan’s lively routine to Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” Mowers did Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” since Halloween was a few days away.

The Zumba Monster Mash also featured a costume contest. Those wearing the three best costumes received gifts, as did those who participated in the raffle.

“Everything went great thanks to all who came out and participated,” said Seepie.
Zumba dance is part of the fitness programs offered at the Salt River Fitness Center. It combines a variety of aerobic exercises and dance routines to hip-hop, salsa, merengue, mambo and some belly dancing.

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