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April 11, 2014

‘Get motivated!’

Roan students bring Zumba to school

Their plan didn’t work.

Three friends at Roan Elementary School — Giselle Dominguez, Natalia Medina and Lea Moreno — went to Principal Cindy Parrott late last year with the idea of pioneering a Zumba class run by students for students.

But it was too late at that time for another program, they were told.

So, when school resumed in January, the girls gathered up their courage and gave it a second shot.

“It was kind of nerve-wracking because I thought she was going to say no again,” Natalia said.

This time it worked. Now the girls — all 11 years old and in their final year before moving to Dalton Middle School — teach Zumba dance classes after school every Wednesday to 25 of their peers, with supervision from teachers Glo Gunn and Anne Fetzer.

“It’s going to be really fun cause it’s our last year here,” Natalia said. “We’re going to go to Dalton Middle School and we hope to bring it there.”

The idea of teaching Zumba “just happened,” Lea said.

“First, last year, me and Natalia, we were thinking about a Zumba club,” she said. “Natalia asked me to try again this year when Ms. Parrott said no and this year she said yes.”

Giselle said she enjoys teaching dance steps to other students her age as a way to stay physically active. Zumba is something she does regularly with Lea and Natalia, she said.

“We all go together to Zumba classes outside school,” she said. “We thought it would be fun to get people motivated, to get motivated! To make school more exciting. It’s fun!”

Gunn said — short of overseeing the cleanliness of dance song lyrics — she lets the girls run things.

“We do this every Wednesday for an hour and the girls are in charge of the entire thing,” she said. “They do the warm-ups, the dances, the cool down. It’s been a hit. We had to put a maximum limit of 25 students because there are so many that wanted to be in it.”

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