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Great Escape - Zumba

Release stress and have fun in these Latin-inspired dance fitness classes near you.

You spend your days changing diapers, running car pools and tending to your family's needs. Now, Patch wants to take care of yours.

In this weekly column, we'll connect stressed-out parents like you to local activities, events and even spa deals to help you unwind, get pampered and cut loose. You deserve it.

This week we'll help you lower your stress levels, boost endorphins and have fun in one of these affordable Zumba classes offered in Malverne and West Hempstead. Here's a look at local places offering this Latin dance-inspired fitness craze.

  •  in Malverne: Local resident and fitness instructor Maria Salcedo-Hafker teaches Zumba at this school on Monday nights. She is holding a special class on Feb. 28 which will serve as a fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are welcomed to join. The cost is $20 per person or two for $30, so grab a friend and dance the night away. Then schedule a ladies night out every Monday night in March when classes are only $5.
  • Zumba takes over the library on Tuesday nights when instructor Jill Ackiron-Moses teaches classes at 4:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. A six-week session ranges from $18 to $24. The remaining dates are Feb. 22, March 1, 8 and 15. Call 516-481-6591 to register.
  • in West Hempstead: This all-women's gym offers Zumba class to both members and non-members six days a week. Non-members can purchase a single class for $10 or save by buying a package. Click here for the current schedule.
Gina Genti February 22, 2011 at 08:29 PM
I had the opportunity to "Zumba" with Maria Salcedo-Hafker when she donated her services at a Zumbathon fundraiser for Haitian orphans. She's a fitness machine and manges to keep it fun!

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