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Sign up for Zumba this spring and summer at Urbana Park District!

April 19, 2022 03:00 AM

Zumba sounds like a fun and exciting exercise, and it is. People have the chance to sign up for Zumba classes starting in May at Phillips Recreation Center.

Zumba is for people ages 15 and classes are Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 – 4:35 p.m. “Zumba is a rhythmic fitness class. You get the cardio and toning benefits of a traditional fitness class while enjoying the music and Latin-inspired rhythmic combinations,” said Elsie Hedgspeth, Outreach and Wellness Manager.

She added people should try Zumba, even if a sense of rhythm sometimes eludes them. “Don’t be intimidated. When I was teaching Zumba I always said there were no mistakes, just ‘unplanned solos,’” Hedgspeth joked.

Instructors will modify the class for people with limited range or abilities.

The first session runs May 11 – July 1. Sign up by April 27, and get a special discount - $45 for residents and $68 for non-residents. Call (217) 367-1544 to register or go online to

“Zumba classes can be some of the most fun you will have while working out. The music is fun and upbeat. Oftentimes a 50 minute class flies by before you realize how great of a workout you have completed,” Hedgspeth concluded.


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