Community Zumbas to raise funds, awareness

Dancers at the Community Learning Center’s Zumbathon work up a sweat to raise money for breast cancer research Saturday, Oct. 16. According to the American Cancer Society, five-year survival rates for breast cancer range from 100 percent during the earliest stages, to only 20 percent in the final stages. (Photo by Bryan Trude

By: Bryan Trude, Feature Editor

In an effort to raise awareness and funds, the Community Learning Center held the first annual Zumbathon Saturday, Oct. 16 in the Health and Physical Education Center.

“[October] is breast cancer awareness month, and Zumba is really popular right now,” Taylor Crosser, Zumba instructor, said. “Who wouldn’t want to get together, get fit, raise money for a good cause, and just have a good time?”

Zumba, invented by Columbian choreographer “Beto” Perez in the mid-1990s, is a dance exercise program based on Latin music, relying on a musical score with specific beat and tempo changes, transitioning through various stages of the workout.

Zumbathon cost participants $15 to attend, which 75 percent of the proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. According to Crosser, $1,400 was raised Saturday by Zumbists through admission fees alone.

According to Google Health and the American Cancer Society, one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Komen’s sister, Nancy Brinker, established Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1982, after Komen died of an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 36.

Many attendees shared similar personal reasons for their contribution to the foundation. “I know some people who fought their own breast cancer and did not make it,” Shameka Morris, child development major, said. “I came out to support and remember them.”

“I had a friend two years ago who lost her mother to breast cancer,” Kassidy Goforth, liberal studies major, said. “I wanted to help raise money so other could have a chance [to survive].”

For more information on Zumba at RSC, contact the Community Learning Center at 733-7392. For more information on Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit the foundation’s Web site at

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