Shake a tail feather with Zumba’s high-energy, fat-blasting workouts, an international fitness sensation guaranteed to make any athlete sweat. From energetic music to Latin-inspired dance moves, calorie burning is the tip of the rapidly melting iceberg at Denver’s best Zumba classes.
Zumba Fitness Denver
2490 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
Price: from $35 for five-class pack
The mecca of Zumba in Denver includes a wide variety of classes, but Zumba Fitness Denver is the best bet for Zumba newbies ready to dance their hearts out in a high-energy fitness workout. Carving dance athletes out of clients with the Latin flair Zumba is known for, classes offer varied dance styles, international music and certified Zumba instructors. Hop in here for classes including TRX suspension training, boot camp circuit training and, of course, hip hop hustle classes for both kids and adults. From Zumba basic to Zumba gold, instructors here offer a little bit of everything from myriad backgrounds to keep classes exciting every time.
Cleo Parker Robinson
119 Park Ave. West
Denver, CO 80205
Price: $10 annual registration fee/from $8 single classes
The Queen of Denver Dance herself, Cleo Parker Robinson is legendary for her contributions to the Denver and international dance communities. Offering Zumba with instructors such as Kamilah Turner, who pumps up the volume not only on the music, but in each work out as well. Whether it’s to learn the Latin steps of Zumba or to get bendy in one of Turner’s ballet classes, the workouts are serious at this Denver dance studio. Make visits here part of any daily workout routine for Zumba, break dance, hip hop, ballet, jazz and African dance.
Pura Vida Fitness and Spa
2955 E. 1st Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Price: Click here for membership options
Overlooking Cherry Creek North, the state-of-the-art fitness and wellness facility is a wild success with Cherry Creek residents and Denverites alike. The adult-only setting is perfect for adults to focus on their health, with fitness concierge services, luxurious locker rooms and members-based social events. Offering Zumba classes, spa treatments and holistic nutrition therapy, the full-body experience is available at Pura Vita. Zumba classes here intermingle with yoga, ballet, Pilates and fun metabolic conditioning such as the dirty 30 and kettle bell boot camps.
2305 S. Syracuse Way, 7
Denver, CO 80231
Price: $10 drop-in rate for Zumba
The lighthearted and non-competitive dance environment of Dancin’ Dreams is perfect for getting started with Zumba. Offering a wide array of Zuma options including Zumbatomic, Zumba Toning and Zuma Fitness, this fun environment encourages the art of dance and movement. Traci Nyre is a certified Zumba instructor teaching both adult and kids’ classes at the studio with a Zumba option for each member of the family. Dancin’ Dreams also offers dance intensives, birthday parties and martial arts options.
The Oxford Club and Spa
1616 17th St., 100
Denver, CO 80202
Price: from $65 per month
Located at the Oxford Hotel in the heart of downtown, this beautiful gym facility and spa is a gem of Denver gyms within the historic walls of The Oxford Hotel. Offering zesty Zumba steps and an undeniable calorie burning spice, this basic class is great for beginners. The ultimate sports center for hard-hitting cardio and burning butt workouts, Oxford Club and Spa also offers everything from FitBarre and Pilates to yoga/spin combo classes.
CBS Denver Insider Tips:
As with any dance class, wearing clothing you can move and sweat in is important. Retailers such as Penny-Robin Dancewear and Boulder’s Gaiam Living are great places to pick up appropriate apparel for Zumba classes. Don’t worry about not being a “dancer” for these classes. Just have fun. The movement-oriented classes take getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have new-found confidence and a repertoire of dance moves to use in class and on the dance floor. Beginner to expert, young to old, Zumba is perfect for anyone looking to get active and have a blast while doing it.
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