Dance yourself fit

Register reporter

As Iola enters the final week of the Allen County Meltdown, one Zumba class remains on tap.
Zumba is aerobics set to Latin dance music, and the class, offered both in Humboldt and Iola over the past six weeks, was arguably the most popular Meltdown event.
Sunny Shreeve of Thrive Allen County was instrumental in bringing the exercise to Iola. She learned of it through a chronic disease risk prevention workshop in Wichita.
“You dance yourself to fitness,” said instructor Suzette Martinez.
The class was packed when it first began. More than 60 people attended early sessions; a core of 25-30 participants came regularly.
Plans for a summer session have fallen into limbo, though, as other activities take people’s time.
Tentatively, Zumba will be offered in July through the Iola Department of Parks and Recreation, if there is enough interest. Otherwise, Martinez said, “I’m going to see if I can get a Saturday class in Humboldt.” Regardless, the class will be offered through Parks and Rec in the fall.
“It’s a lot of fun,” both Martinez and Shreeve said of the dance-based movements. “You’re losing weight and you don’t even know it,” Martinez said.
“There’s something about dance,” Martinez said, “It makes you feel more feminine. You feel good about your body, even after the class is over. You feel lifted.”
The final Meltdown-associated Zumba class will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the little theater in the Community Building in Riverside Park.
Those interested in attending Zumba classes this summer should contact Iola Parks and Rec at 365-4990.