Zumba for a Good Cause!

Get your groove on to help fight breast cancer

If you’re one of the Philly peeps constantly updating your Facebook profile with something similar to “Heading to Zumba!” or “Wish I could Zumba every day!” you should know that pounding the pavement on weekend walks and runs  isn’t the only way to raise money for breast cancer research and show support for the millions of inspiring survivors.

Throughout the month of October, you can Zumba your heart out to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for a Cure. More than 600 Zumbathons will be held across 47 states and a few are already planned in our area.

And if you haven’t tried the calorie-burning workout that feels more dance party than fitness class, now’s the perfect time since you’ll be raising money for a great cause. “You feel like you just left a nightclub at 6 p.m.” says Natella Tetruashvili, a soon-to-be Zumbathon host and part time Zumba instructor at Fountain of Yoga, 9259 Roosevelt Blvd, 2nd floor Rear Plaza,  SubVersion Fitness, 400 North Church Street, Suite 115 B, Moorestown, New Jersey, and World Gym, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd #19. “The dancing, the energy, the fun … you’ll never get that on a treadmill.”

Tetruashvili fell in love with the Zumba Fitness Program while at school in Miami, and has since become a Zumba addict and instructor. When she heard about the Zumbathons last month, she knew she had to get involved. “The program really helps support cancer patients emotionally and physically,” Tetruashvili says about the survivors who’ve taken her classes. “Zumba lifts their spirits and gives them hope. You leave the class and you’re in a completely different mood.”

Tetruashvili will be hosting her first Zumbathon at the World Gym in Northeast Philadelphia on October 22, and you can find a few more area Zumbathons in our list below. (Want to host your own event? Go here for more info.)

Where: Healthtrax Fitness Center, 405 Hurffville Crosskeys Road, Sewell, NJ
When: October 10
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:  $20.00
Contact Info: Ally Ditillio, allykat2504@aol.com

Where: Newfield Music and Arts Centre, 2 Northwest Boulevard, Newfield, NJ
When: October 15
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $10
Contact Info: Christa Simonini, zumbanj@comcast.net

Where: Philadelphia Studio Ballet, 339 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford
When: October 16
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $10
Contact: Meghann Weaver, zumbameg@gmail.com

Where: ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center, 1130 Mcdermott Drive, West Chester
When: October 16
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15
Contact: April T. Smith, april4zumba@gmail.com

Where: Ladies Workout Express, 130 South Main Street, Marlboro, NJ
When: Date: October 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20
Contact Info: Joyce Musacchia, marlborolwe@optonline.net

Where: World Gym, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd # 19
Date: October 22
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $7
Contact Info: Natella Tetruashvili, ntetrua@comcast.net, 267-577-0507

Where: Ellis Athletic Center, 3819 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
When: October 23
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $10
Contact: Kristen Cobb, ckcobb@verizon.net, 610-355-736

Where: West Philadelphia YMCA, 5120 Chestnut Street
When: October 30
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $10
Contact: Lynn Johnson-Gleaton, oesgrho1922@email.phoenix.edu

For more information and to find other Zumbathon locations click here.