Get your Zumba on

Get your Zumba on at a Party Hearty Zumbathon to benefit the American Heart Association on Saturday, April 30, at the Malta Community Center.

Zumba instructor Stacey Doltz, who residents might know from classes she heads up at Saratoga County YMCA's and Yoga Kids, will lead a two hour marathon Zumba class to raise money, stay active and have fun.

"I'm raising awareness for the American Heart Association because it's the No.1 killer of women in the U.S.," said Doltz.

Doltz has rallied area vendors who will have booths set up to advertise their products or services, there will be a DJ and 75 percent of the proceeds (tickets are $20 at the door) will go to the American Heart Association.

"I'm bringing on three other instructors who will be on stage dancing and we'll see what we can do for the American Heart Association," said Doltz.

Zumba is the dance fitness craze popping up in video games and gyms around the country, but for those who haven't heard of it, it's a program set to Latin music where exercisers learn Latin-based dances like Salsa and Reggaeton to get their workout.

"It's high impact and within that class, you're not doing just dancing, you're doing a cardiovascular workout with that," said Doltz.

The routine is all about dance but no dance experience is necessary to excel at Zumba.

"I lead all the songs and teach the steps. It's also my philosophy that you burn your highest calories after you know the song well, so they 'll hear the same playlist after everyone knows the song," said Doltz.

According to Doltz, Zumba-ers burn an average minimum of 500 calories and she has some class members who exceed 1,000 in one session.

"It's not anything you have to sit and think 'I'm getting a workout,'" said Doltz. "It's a party atmosphere. I challenge anyone to come to my classes, listen to this music and not feel like you need to move or want to move around. Your behaviors and motivation change."

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