By NATALIE SCOTT
Third-grade classes at Watson Elementary School participated in a Zumba lesson April 3 to get them moving after Spring Break.
The lesson was led by Christina Rivera, a local Zumba instructor, who was invited to the school by third-grade teacher Dana Elias. Rivera has been an instructor for more than two years.
“A few years ago, I took a couple of classes and I enjoyed how it made me feel,” Rivera said. “I felt healthy, less stressed, and I wanted to help other people feel the way. It was nice to have a good workout that wasn’t just going somewhere and doing whatever. This is a fun workout that you can enjoy.”
Classes of the third-grade students took turns dancing to the upbeat music and following Rivera’s moves. Zumba combines various dance styles, such as Merengue, modern, tribal and belly dance, into a fun workout. This style of dance can be paired with almost any fast-paced music and can be done in groups or individually.
Watson students did the dance together in lines across the gymnasium and enjoyed seeing fellow classmates, as well as a teacher or two, practicing Zumba with them.
“It was great to see the whole third grade involved in an activity that involved not only exercise, but using their listening skills while following Ms. Christina,” said Elias. “It was a nice way to start back after break and explain to the students how staying active and eating right is extremely important, especially in these last couple months of school.”