February is American Heart Month and hearts will be pumping at the 7th Annual Hispanic League Zumbathon®. The Hispanic League and American Heart Association have teamed up to raise money for the Hispanic League’s Scholarship Program and help you love your heart. Fourteen instructors from different parts of the Triad will come together at the Village Inn Event Center on Friday, February 24th from 6:00-9:30p.m. for the Hispanic League’s Annual Beating Hearts Zumbathon®.

 Zumba is an aerobic program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. It gets people dancing and exercising, all while laughing and having fun. The Zumba motto, “Join the Party, Ditch the Workout”, reiterates the heart-healthy fun this evening will provide. And more importantly, it’s for all skill levels and all demographics. “We want to include everyone with this event – so adults, seniors, young adults, children and both women and men will enjoy themselves,” said Luisa Elena Alvarez, the Hispanic League Zumbathon Coordinator. “Instructors want participants to just keep moving and have fun!”


Join the Hispanic League and American Heart Association for a two-part event at the Beating Hearts Zumbathon®. Between 6:00-7:30pm learn how to prevent heart disease with the pre-event educational session, which focuses on pampering and educating attendees via health stations. The idea is to raise awareness on the signals that our body sends us regarding our health and suggest healthy living. This year’s theme is Low Sodium Alternatives Foods. “The Hispanic League has chosen to partner with the American Heart Association since only one in three Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 cause of death and only one in four Hispanic women are aware of treatment options,” said Mari Jo Turner, Hispanic League Executive Director. “We want everyone to participate in health screenings, enjoy the pampering stations, sample heart-healthy recipes, win great prizes and more all thanks to our sponsors Village Inn Event Center, Step Up, Lucia Chiropractic and supporting partners: Novant Health, Macy's, Mia Magazine, Allegra, Piedmont Federal, Fox 8 WGHP, and Peller Henao", she added. “Then get your Zumba on from 7:00-9:30pm with fourteen amazing and diverse instructors, whose passion for Zumba will give the evening great energy. You do not want to miss the Hispanic League’s Beating Hearts Zumbathon®!” Proceeds from the event will go to the Zumbathon® Charitable Event Scholarship as part of the Hispanic League Scholarship Program.

The Scholarship Program awards $2,000, $3,000, $4,000, and $5,000 annual scholarships to academically outstanding Hispanic students who are current or former Forsyth County English Language Learner (ELL) students to pursue their college career. Since 2000, the Hispanic League has awarded 328 scholarships worth over $705,000! The community will celebrate the recipients’ achievements at the 18th Annual Spanish Nite Gala scheduled for April, 22nd 2017.

Past Zumbathon® Scholarship Recipients 



Reserve your Zumba experience now! 
Get an advance ticket for a $15 Donation 


Donations will be $20 at the door per person on Friday, the 24th


Beating Hearts Zumbathon® 2017 Disc Jockey


DJ Daniel "Dan" Acosta 







History of Zumba?

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba combines Latin music with easy to follow dance moves and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts. Zumba’s aerobic elements include interval training, alternating fast and slow rhythms and resistance training. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba's fans say it's so popular because Zumba is a fun way to work out. 


Health Benefits of Zumba?

It definitely gets your heart pumping! Some research indicates that dance-type aerobic workouts like Zumba can improve cardiopulmonary endurance when done at moderate intensity and duration. The bottom line is if you enjoy Zumba, you're more likely to stick with it, and more likely to enjoy the benefits of aerobic exercise. Dancing also contributes to an overall sense of happiness. Of course, all exercise releases endorphins, but dancing has an increased effect in this realm because it's not only the physical activity, but also the music, that affect the mind. In addition, dancing is a great way to easily build up self-confidence and self-esteem.  


Enjoy This Video from the 3rd Annual Hispanic League Zumbathon®.