Uncoordinated dancers historically sought help from alchemists, who were able to turn lead legs into solid-gold floor-tappers. Master dancing skills sans archaic magic with today's Groupon: for $20, you get five drop-in Zumba classes at Zumba With Pam in Bear and Delaware City (a $40 value). Classes take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the Ambra Karate Academy in Bear, and on Tuesdays at Dragon Run Park Community Building in Delaware City. There’s no need to call ahead, but it’s best to arrive a few minutes before class begins.
Certified Zumba fitness instructor Pam Andrews ushers students through easy-to-follow routines that inject the rhythm and excitement of dance into staying in shape. By alternating between slow and fast beats, Zumba harnesses the horsepower of cardio-interval training to melt calories faster than a snowman mistakenly shipped to a tropical resort on the surface of the sun. This festive fusion of Latin, Caribbean, and African tunes reenergizes weary gym devotees and chisels out evidence of never-before-seen muscles in the posterior and rhythm sections of the body. During the 45–60 minute classes, fitness buffs of all ability levels can tone arms and legs, pump up pulses, and add much-needed swivel to static hips.
After spending fruitless years at the gym, lifelong dance student Pam Andrews discovered that fitness and dance, like a stiff drink and confronting the boss, are better blended together. After her Zumba discovery, Pam went on to lose weight and transform her energy levels from flagging to flapping wildly in the winds of dance-based excitement. Pam now has Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and AFAA Group Exercise certifications, leaving her well equipped to invigorate exercisers though myriad classes.
Shake It! Fitness Studio
Pam Andrews didn't stop setting goals after earning a membership to the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a certification in Red Cross CPR and first aid; she also created her own fitness program based on the principles of Middle Eastern belly dancing. Inside the bright yellow walls of Shake It! Fitness Studio, she and her team of licensed fitness instructors and a nutritional counselor engage exercisers in supportive programs such as group dance-fitness classes. They help students blend different dance-exercise styles, while experimenting with classic fitness methods such as interval training, cross training, and kicking down doors. They demonstrate aerobic choreography amid tropical Latin beats in Zumba Fitness, coordinate simple dance moves with Polynesian drumming and reggae in Hot Hula Fitness, and time belly-dancing moves to a blend of R&B, funk, and soul music in Belly Funk Fitness.