Dance the pounds away and get fit to the Spanish dance moves of the salsa, samba and merengue in classes that will make you forget you’re working out at all. Zumba, the latest exercise craze sweeping the nation, has hearts pumping with good reason. These classes are great for a broad spectrum of athletes looking for a varied cardio workout without the equipment-intense sessions or marathon-level running. Philadelphia’s best Zumba studios offer a little something for everyone, from hard-hitting dance moves to those little extras athletes love.
12th Street Gym
204 S. 12th St.
Philadelphia PA 19107
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The 12th Street Gym offers awesome 45-minute Zumba classes two days a week. Take advantage of the gym’s three-day free trial to test out your Spanish dance moves, but be warned these classes are so addicting that membership might become a must. Slip in swimming sessions, private lessons and even tanning at this fun facility. 12th Street Gym memberships come in 1-, 2- and 3-year packages, but monthly memberships are also available.
Living Arts Dance Studio
81 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: $10 per class adult open classes/$7 each bring a friend/$40 adult class card five classes/$70 10 classes
Take Zumba classes from true dance professionals at Living Arts Dance Studio. There are no membership fees to pay or reservations to be made, just drop by the studio and join in. The studio also offers free child care during your workout, but they’re also welcome in Living Arts Studio’s age-appropriate dance classes. Enjoy everything from exotic cardio to mommy and me tumbling classes here.
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Chi Movement Arts Center
1316 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: $10 single class drop-in rate/$90 10-class card, expires after three months
A multicultural studio, Chi Movement Arts Center offers every kind of dance, including Zumba classes, in the heart of south Philadelphia’s Italian market district. Join the Bella Vista neighborhood’s popular Chi Movement Arts Center, and enjoy a creative community unparalleled at other studios. Be sure to catch a performance by the amazing Kun Yang Lin dancers. Zumba is just the tip of the iceberg here — this place is an experience all its own.
1515 Brandywine St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19130-4002
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Performance Garage’s studio, originally a horse stable and then garage, offers a wide variety of classes hosted by rotating instructors in everything from West African dance to, of course, Zumba. Three classes run by different instructors are available here during the week, and each offers a unique approach to Zumba instruction. Check out the class schedule to see which class is the best fit for you. Zumba fitness parties here include free refreshments, giveaways and gear sales.
Upper Main Line YMCA
1416 Berwyn-Paoli Rd.
Berwyn, PA 19312
Price: $50 to $92/Click here for membership packages
The YMCA’s full-service facility boasts a variety of fitness, dance and strength-training classes for members. Professionally taught Zumba classes three days a week top that fun list for dancers, and first-timers, of any age. The Y also offers babysitting, sports leagues and training, and facilities for a full-body workout. YMCA’s community programming means each membership also contributes to keeping area kids healthy and off the streets.
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Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.