Danc­ing the night away

> Thou­sands of Zumba en­thu­si­asts lit up Sun­way La­goon’s Surf Beach with their pas­sion for fit­ness

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE - BY ANANSA JA­COB

THEY came, they saw, they Zumba’d. The Wat­sons Move Your Body Zumba Beach Party which took place last Satur­day at the Sun­way La­goon Surf Beach drew a lit­eral record-break­ing crowd, as 5,360 Zumba en­thu­si­asts danced late into the night.

The gates opened at 6pm, with early birds com­ing to book the best spots clos­est to the stage. Par­tic­i­pants also took the op­por­tu­nity to try out some health and life­style prod­ucts and bev­er­ages at the venue, courtesy of event spon­sors.

The theme of the night was ‘Glow in the Dark’, and par­tic­i­pants came pre­pared, with many dressed in flu­o­res­cent sports­wear, and oth­ers bran­dish­ing glow sticks and LED glasses.

A num­ber even had their faces painted with glow-in-thedark paint.

Be­fore the Zumba event started, there were sev­eral open­ing acts, in­clud­ing street dance and cheer­lead­ing per­for­mances, as well as a dee­jay show­case to get ev­ery­one in a party mood.

The event fi­nally got un­der­way at around 8pm, with the stage be­ing taken over by en­thu­si­as­tic Zumba in­struc­tors, who led the crowd in a se­ries of co­or­di­nated dance moves that were de­signed to give a to­tal body work­out.

Most of the crowd were sea­soned Zumba en­thu­si­asts, but even first timers seemed to be able to fol­low the moves, with ev­ery­one work­ing up a good sweat along the way.

The high­light of the one-and-ahalf hour event were ses­sions led by two pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional Zumba in­struc­tors, David Velez from Colom­bia, and Michael Thomas from Aus­tralia.

Both are fa­mil­iar faces to lo­cal Zumba fans, who treated them like rock stars, cheer­ing and screaming when they made their ap­pear­ances on­stage.

While the Zumba dance fit­ness craze may have orig­i­nated from South Amer­ica, the dance moves and mu­sic at the event came from all over the world.

Par­tic­i­pants moved their bod­ies to a var­ied playlist of songs, rang­ing from Latin dance tunes to hip-hop beats, to even a few slow songs to cool down.

Even the catchy PPAP Pen Pineap­ple Ap­ple Pen was played, de­light­ing many in the crowd.

At the end of the Zumba ses­sion, of­fi­cials from the Malaysia Book of Records pre­sented Wat­sons Malaysia with the award for the largest num­ber of par­tic­i­pants for a glow-in-thedark Zumba event.

Both Wat­sons Malaysia chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Caryn Loh and Wat­sons Malaysia mar­ket­ing head Danny Hoh ac­cepted the award from Malaysia Book of Records re­search an­a­lysts Yap Sow Fun and Lav­nesh Thiru­sel­vam.

The crowd then had a dance party as a re­ward for their ef­forts, with mu­sic pro­vided by Malaysia’s finest lo­cal DJs in­clud­ing Jake­man & Skele­tor, H3, Leng Yein, and Chukiess & Whack­boi.

It was a fun fit­ness event that left many of the par­tic­i­pants sat­is­fied, and hop­ing for more Zumba events in the fu­ture.

ASYRAF RASID/THESUN

Award-win­ning Zumba party ... (from far left) Thomas, Velez, Hoh, Loh, Yap, Lav­nesh and lo­cal Zumba in­struc­tors. (top) Scenes from the night.

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