Zumba, the latest craze in fitness, is now available for children. Children’s lifestyles are increasingly sedentary, but the benefits to exercise (especially the kind Zumba provides) are boundless. Zumbatomic is the name for classes that are geared specifically towards kids. These classes provide a fun way to keep little ones, tweens, or teens active and in shape.
Health benefits top the list of benefits, but they’re not the only perk. Supervised, positive activities can help keep kids motivated out of trouble by providing them with structured programs. It’s a place to meet new friends who share their love of dance and for them to have a physical outlet to release the pressures of childhood and adolescence.
Featured Business: Tropix Dance Studio
Tropix Dance Studio in Lynbrook offers a variety of fun Zumbatomic classes for kids in Long Island. The students are fortunate to be taught by the energetic and talented “Miss Suney.” She leads them through challenging, but fun routines and kids respond by cheerfully jumping, sliding, and moving along with her.
“Designed exclusively for kids, Zumbatomic classes are high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines,” says Tropix Dance Studio proprietor and Zumbatomic instructor, Suneydis Martinez. She continues that the kids love all the music “…like hip-hop, Reggaeton, Cumbia, and more. Parents love Zumbatomic because of the effects it has on kids — increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism, and enhancing coordination,”
Other classes offered at Tropix Dance Studio include Belly dancing (Thursdays, 6 pm, ages 6-12), Ballet/Tap (Saturdays, 11:30 am, ages 3-6), and Teens Hip-Hop (starting late April, Tuesdays, 5:30pm). Families can register via email or on site before class. Registration is ongoing, and interested families can sign up immediately.
Tropix Dance Studio
When: Wednesday, 5:45 pm
Age Group: Ages 4 – 12, children separated into classes by age
How Much: $55/month (4 classes), $45/month with a sibling
Where: 608 Merrick Road, Lynbrook, NY
Contact Info: (516) 599-3214, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Zumbatomic Classes in Long Island:
Ballroom on the Bay
This studio in Huntington offers a range of traditional and modern dance classes, including Zumbatomic for kids. The Zumbatomic workouts are designed to be safe and effective for kids while providing loads of fun.
When: Sunday, 10 am
Age Group: 5-9 years
How Much: Rates may vary, call for details
Where: 17 Southdown Road, Huntington, NY
Contact Info: (631) 923-2122
Bet U Can Dance Studio
The large, private studio has over 30 years of experience teaching the art of social dancing. The studio offers a “Zumbatomic – Little Stars” class once a week to get little ones grooving.
When: Sunday 10 am
Age Group: 4–7 years
How Much: $12 per class or $50 for a 6-week package
Where: 3032 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY
Contact Info: (631) 623-6559
OMG! Oh My Girls
OMG is a new facility just for girls. Its Zumbatomic® classes offer fun, energetic, Latin rhythms-based exercise programs that are broken out by grades/ages. According to OMG, Zumbatomic® incorporates the psychology and physiology of children and tweens to foster confidence, coordination, stamina, balance, discipline, memory, creativity and an appreciation for dance and music.
When: For Grades K-2, Wednesdays 4 pm-5 pm. For grades 3-5, Mondays 4 pm-5 pm and 5 pm-6 pm. For grades 6-8, Tues/Thurs 7 pm-8 pm.
Age Group: Grades K-8
Costs: “Drop in” rate is $30 per class. 10-week Fitness Session costs $249.
Where: 140 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY
Contact Info: (516) 802-5800
By Rachel Minkowsky