Rollins Professors Bring Zumba Fever to the Classroom

Two Rollins professors are using their zumba passion to bring life into the classroom.

Zumba, a Latin-inspired aerobic dance, has been taking the fitness world by storm. Associate Professor of Anthropology Rachel Newcomb and Associate Professor of Modern Languages Rosana Díaz-Zambrana are certified zumba instructors bringing their love for the high-calorie burning workout to the Rollins community. Each week, Newcomb and Díaz-Zambrana teach zumba group fitness classes in the Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center, which are free for Rollins students, faculty, and staff.  The fast-paced and fun dance exercises are helping these professors liven up their teaching.

“Zumba has helped me to be a more energetic teacher,” said Newcomb. “Students can feel that energy whether it is in the classroom or a zumba class.”

“Another connection between zumba and the classroom is that I feel passionate about motivating students,” said Díaz-Zambrana.  “It has created a sense of community.  It is for everyone, everyone can do it; that is the beauty and magic about zumba.”

Zumba classes for students are offered on Tuesdays at 5:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.  Zumba classes for faculty and staff are offered on Mondays at 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m., and Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m.