Zumba gives zip to stressed Angelenos, and anyone else who simply wants a change of pace from the typical exercise class. This cardio program, which focuses on Latin rhythms and dance routines, will have any athlete sweating up a storm in minutes without a care in the world — it’s just too much fun. None beat L.A.’s best Zumba classes, which leave all of the work but none of the excitement out of the workout.
11942 Montana Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Price: $110 five-class pack/$150 monthly unlimited classes/$190 10-class pack
This chic Brentwood outlet offering Zumba is one of the best on the west side. Its open and airy space is graced with a bevy of windows to let the sunshine into every workout. Top-notch instructor Deidra Martinez offers high-energy classes that are always super motivating. Other instructors here bring great variety to each Zumba workout. Don’t neglect other fun dance options here; from hip hop to jazz funk, this studio’s awesome dance options abound.
The Tango Room Dance Center
4346 Woodman Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Price: $10 to $15
Take tango and salsa to the next at this authentic dance studio in the valley, or simply succumb to a killer workout in The Tango Room’s Zumba classes. Getting the steps and the flavor down through the energetic exercise and dance regimes, students here move from Zumba to other exciting dance classes quickly. Routines include interval training sessions with both fast and slow rhythms to tone, sculpt and burn fat with Latin flavor and a little international zest. Prepare to be drenched in well-earned sweat while enjoying the action in a space where pumped up music is always the order of the day.
3141 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Join in with Shawnee’s Zumba classes at Heartbeat house for a rigorous workout with more than a few special moves, especially in the Bollywood part of the session. No Latin dance experience is necessary to take this alternative dance classes. Dancers here still learn a lot of ballroom steps, including the cha-cha, with techniques that make this and other elaborate dances simple to imitate. Stick strictly to Zumba or branch out with countless dance and yoga classes at Heartbeat.
Zumba with Rita Ashton
2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Studio 103
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $10 donation
Clear your schedule for the Sunday morning class, leave your kids behind — Ashton’s class is grown-ups only — and get ready to Zumba. This enthusiastic teacher will have you hooked on this combination of exercise and dance in no time. She makes each class a positive experience with a spunky friendliness students love. Starbucks sits right next door to this under-the-radar studio, making those morning classes manageable for those non-morning students.
Zumba with Michael Sanchez
Hollywood Dance Center
817 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Price: $6 per class/$50 for 10
In Hollywood, Zumba is all the rage, and so is Michael Sanchez, who gives a Latin boost to each exercise routine. A former Bally’s instructor who went out on his own thanks to a very loyal following, Sanchez knows how to shake his booty and get athletes shaking theirs all in the name of fun and fitness. Count on an inspiring environment with high ceilings and sprung floors. He calls it exercise in disguise, and his students can attest to this cardio-based fitness’ success with little commitment.
Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.