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Zumba charity event set

Taking an exercise class can help fight breast cancer, and not just in the way people may think.

A Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Alma Performing Arts Center from 9-11:30 a.m., with 100 percent of the tickets sales going to the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention managed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“The Party in Pink is something that Zumba instructors do around the world,” Lauren Schlabach said. “It’s a global effort.”

Zumba Fitness classes are dance fitness classes that incorporate a variety of Latin rhythms for an energetic, full-body workout.

Schlabach is a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor and teaches regular classes in Alma and Dyer. She, along with several other local instructors, put together the Party in Pink Zumbathon, she said.

“I love teaching Zumba locally and I love that it’s also something we can use to give back,” Schlabach said.

Zumbathon gives people interested in Zumba a chance to try it out, but is also an opportunity for people who are just looking to give to a good cause, Schlabach said.

“One of the things I like about this particular research grant is that it’s preventative; I thought that was really unique,” Schlabach said.

Participants for the Sept. 14 event must pay $10 to receive a limited edition Party in Pink bracelet, which will act as their official ticket to the event.

During the Zumbathon, there will be three Zumba sessions that each last 30 minutes, Schlabach said. Entry fee includes admission for all of the sessions.

Instructors and their schedules for the event are:

• Tatiana Leeson: 9:15-9:45 a.m. - Zumba Basic.

• Cecelia Pellin-Stephens: 10-10:30 a.m. - Zumba Sentao.

• Candyce Waters: 10:45-11:15 a.m. - Zumba Basic.

A warmup at 9 a.m. and a cool down following the last session will both be taught by Schlabach. All instructors are licensed by Zumba Fitness.

Party in Pink is an international charity event sponsored by Zumba Fitness, with instructors around the world hosting events between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31 in an effort to raise $1 million for the Zumba Global Research Grant. For more information on this grant, visit partyinpink.com.

Fore more information go to facebook.com/laurenschlabachzumba or email directly at laurenschlabach@gmail.com.

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