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Tuesday August 10, 2010


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400 people try ZUMBA

The latest global fitness craze ZUMBA has arrived at UQ Sport, with a record-breaking class last Thursday.

Around 400 people - the most to attend a single ZUMBA class in Australia - crammed into UQ's Indoor Sports Pavilion for a one hour trial of the dance-fitness phenomenon.

ZUMBA combines Latin dancing and aerobics to form an exhilarating style of exercise that is rapidly growing in popularity around the world.

UQ Sport Group Fitness Coordinator Julia Sesnan said it was the biggest group fitness spectacle she had ever seen.

"It's not every day you see 400 people dancing in time together," Ms Sesnan said.

"But the most satisfying thing was that just about every one of those people were smiling and having a great time," she said.

"ZUMBA will certainly be a regular feature of our group fitness timetable from now on."

The trial class was part of UQ Sport's Semester 2 Come'n'Try Week - a week of free group fitness and lifestyle classes primarily for UQ students and staff but open to the public.

The week was extremely well attended by the UQ community with over 1,500 registrations across a wide range of classes, including Pilates, Salsa, Kickboxing, RPM, Yoga, Karate and Golf.

Following the initial success of ZUMBA, a regular class will now be held at UQ Sport every Thursday evening at 6:30pm.

For more information about ZUMBA or any other UQ Sport classes, visit

Media: Simon Byrne (07 3346 7518 or

Source: The University Of Queensland

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