Brooklyn Center Fitness Instructor Starts Neighborhood Zumba
Myra Curry can’t teach Zumba classes for the city of Brooklyn Center, so she stepped out of her house and started up a class in her own front yard. Curry says as many as 25 people spread out and participate in her class three days a week.
Curry says she got the idea from a friend, who sent video of a Zumba teacher leading a class in her back yard.
“But she lived in one of those fancy cul-de-sacs,” said Curry. “I thought I don’t know if we can do that. Then my neighbor across the street who has been taking Zumba classes for many years, I called her up and I said, ‘what do you think? Can we make this work in the yard?’ If I just get out in my yard and neighbors get in their yard and we’re socially distant apart. And she was like ‘absolutely.'”
The idea spread and Curry says she has neighbors from Robbinsdale and Maple Grove stop by to exercise. Between 15-25 people show up to exercise, while staying six feet away from one another.
“Even some of my neighbors who can’t physically come out they can open their windows and listen to the music. It just went big, ” said Curry.
Zumba for Everyone
Curry leads the workout three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. At 6 p.m. on Thursdays, they join people from New York City in applauding essential workers.
“We sing the song with them from afar. And then we do the Zumba party. Because is not a fitness, it’s a party,” laughed Curry.
“The fact that you can come at whatever level you are at. I have a neighbor who does Zumba in her wheelchair. I’ve been trained to do classes sitting down, for senior citizens, you name it,” said Curry. “Because the workout is simple. You ditch the workout and join the party. Even if you can’t do what I can do, you can still move. That’s the goal, because we need to move right now.”