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What is Zumba dancing?

90-minutes of Zumba dancing at Lumpini park yesterday. Photos by Patipat Janthong.

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Zumba dancing has become very popular with an estimated 15 million people taking weekly classes around the world, many of them using the energetic Latin dance movements to lose weight.

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What is Zumba dancing?

I was looking through yesterday's photos from our award-winning photographer Patipat Janthong and I saw that he covered an event at Lumpini park called "W (Women I suspect) Run the World".

Actually, it was two events in one: a 5-kilometre run followed by 90 minutes of Zumba dancing. What is Zumba dancing, I wondered?

The start of the 5-kilometre run.


From Wikipedia, I found out that Zumba is a dance fitness programme that originated in Colombia in the 1990's. It has become very popular with an estimated 15 million people taking weekly classes around the world, many of them using the energetic Latin dance movements to lose weight.

That includes Thailand. Do a search on "Zumba dancing Thailand" and see what you find.

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