Get your zumba on!

Students burn some calories and help raise money for an important cause by getting down to some Latin dance music.

On Thursday October 9th, Sigma Lamda Gamma held a Zumba dance night open to all students looking to meet new people, learn some new dances, and have a good time.

Zumba is a dance fitness program that incorporates dance styles such as hip hop, samba, salsa, merengue, and mambo. It also involves aerobic elements, squats, and lunges.

The event was free of charge, but students made donations that are going toward Dara House, a safe house for young women who have fallen victim of domestic abuse.

“Sigma Lamda Gamma is a historically Hispanic sorority with a multicultural background,” said Psychology junior Faith Speigner.

“A few of the girls approached the Office of Multicultural Student Services and Hispanic Student Organization with the idea of a free Zumba/Latin dancing night. In short, they allowed us to be a part of Hispanic Heritage month” said Speigner.

The event was open to all students, and served as a way to burn some calories while becoming diversified in the Hispanic culture.

“The music was different for me, I’m used to country,” said Welding Engineering Technology sophomore Chris Smith.

Students were instructed to follow along and learn fun new dances to upbeat Latin songs.

“I loved the dances, and teaching other people about our culture,” Social Work freshman Erika Reyes said.

In addition to Zumba night, Sigma Lambda Gamma is also holding a women’s health event called Pink Power on November 3rd, and a Kids Basket Food Drive November 4th.

“The dancing and the music were my favorite part. I’ve done Zumba before and it’s fun, it’s different from American dancing,” Business Administration freshman Sierra Fenech.

Zumba night served as a fun way for students to experience a culture different from their own, while supporting a local cause.