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Four Victorians zumba in San Antonio

By BY ALBERT ALVARADO
July 20, 2010 at 2:20 a.m.


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Four Super Body Works instructors showed off their zumba skills at halftime of Sunday's San Antonio Silver Star WNBA regular season game.

"It was great, we had a great time,"said Super Body Works aerobic coordinator Stephanie Hamilton.

Hamilton, Jennie Turner, Lola Smith and Amanda Casillas were amoung 150 performers from all over Texas to perform for the 6,542 fans at Sunday's 83-73 San Antonio win over the Los Angeles Sparks

Zumba is an exercise invented in the 1990's by celebrity trainer "Beto" Perez that combines Latin and instrumental music with dance in order to make exercise fun.

Hamilton has seen the exercise reach levels of popularity previously unseen during her time as a aerobic instructor.

"I taught group exercise for over 20 years and no class has ever been as popular and highly attended as zumba class," Hamilton said. "It feels like your just at a club just dancing and having a good time."

Hamilton got her zumba certification in 2007 and said fun the only benefit zumba offers.

"From the time that you start to the time the class ends you're burning calories non-stop and you're getting all the cardiovascular and respiratory benefits out of it," Hamilton said.

In the decade since it's invention zumba has branched out to include zumba toning, aqua zumba and kids zumba which has become a popular in elementary school physical education programs around the country.

The group drove into San Antonio Sunday morning and practiced their routine three hours before the 2 p.m. scheduled tip off. Before the event Hamilton admitted to being nervous about the performance, but the hospitality showed by basketball fans in the Alamo City helped calm her down.

"Those San Antonio fans are off the chain as far as their enthusiasm," Hamilton said. "We were nervous, it was a lot of people, but it was really fun because it's something I haven't done before not in that capacity in front of that many people."

The event came about as a result of partnership between Zumba Fitness, Go Red for Women, the NBA and WNBA. Since the beginning of the calendar year there have been zumba halftime performances at various NBA and WNBA games.

"We had several fans that were there say they had never seen zumba and they were like 'wow that looked really fun, I'm going to check it out now.' Hopefully it helps expose them to what zumba is and how much fun it is. It's not only good for you, but it's just fun to do," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the Silver Stars videotaped the performance and plan to post the video on the teams website sometime next week.

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