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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 12:07 pm | Updated: 10:51 pm, Tue Nov 27, 2012.

A new Zumba class is getting starting up in Northfield and is taking place a unique setting: on the second floor of the Rueb ‘n’ Stein in Northfield.

Raelene Ostberg and Melissa Pizarro will partner to teach their first Zumba class together, which has its kickoff from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday (tonight) with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Rueb ‘n’ Stein in Northfield. Zumba is a fun way to burn calories and get moving, according to Pizarro and Ostberg.

“It is a fitness class with dance elements,” said Ostberg. “It is really easy to follow; the results I’ve seen from this far surpass the results I’ve seen from other workouts I’ve done, and it is so fun it really doesn’t feel like work.”

“It’s so fun and you just feel like you sweat off a layer of fat,” said Pizarro.

Zumba is described as an “easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party” on the Zumba website.

Zumba is like interval training, says Ostberg.

“It keeps you in a fat-burning zone,” she said.

Pizarro and Ostberg also say that Zumba is for everybody – no matter your age, size or gender.

“I was at a Zumba class once and a New York Giant (football player) was there,” said Pizarro. “It isn’t just for women; it is for all ages, men and women.”

“Zumba isn’t just for dancers,” said Ostberg. “Anybody can do it no matter what size they are.”

Ostberg and Pizarro say that Zumba is about feeling the music and just having a good time.

“We don’t speak during the class because it would distract from the music,” said Ostberg. “We just show with our bodies, it is easy to follow along. It doesn’t take a lot of coordination, but the more you Zumba the more coordinated you’ll become.”

There aren’t any mirrors in the area the class will be held for a reason: to prevent people getting caught up with how they look when they Zumba.

“It’s just about moving your body, you don’t have to do it the ‘right’ way,” said Ostberg.

Preparing for their first Zumba class has been fun, according to Ostberg and Pizarro, but it also takes a lot of coordination and planning.

“It’s a solid hour of choreography, so we each choreograph different sections and show each other, then patch it together,” said Pizarro.

“It’s a creative process; it’s really fun,” said Ostberg. “I am just excited to share this with my friends, family and the community. This is about finding something to do that is fun, healthy, social and community building.”

Ostberg and Pizarro will offer Zumba classes from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays; and 6-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Rueb ‘n’ Stein, 503 Division St. S., Northfield.

There will be punch passes available: it will cost $45 for a five-class punch pass, and $80 for a ten-class punch pass. Or, people are welcome to drop in. The drop-in rate is $10.

Reach reporter Ashley Klemer at 645-1115 or follow her on Twitter.com @AshleyKlemer.

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