In the past decade, several videos on losing weight have been released. Some deal with slow “excruciating” routines or mixed with martial arts. But the most popular ones are probably those that incorporate dance numbers.

But so far none compares to Zumba – the latest dance-exercise fitness craze that involves more than just losing weight, it’s entertainment! What’s more, the lost pounds result in the prettier and sultrier you, thereby actually changing your lifestyle if not the entire YOU.

“Zumba has changed my wife,” is the most common comment that Ariel Trinidad has been hearing from their clients, he tells Weekend Balita. Ariel is the husband of Mary Jane Trinidad, who is a certified Zumba instructor at MJ Dance Studio.

According to Ariel, Zumba doesn’t only change someone’s physical appearance, “overall, they feel good about themselves because it relieves stress…making you feeling younger, have more energy and more relaxed.”

Our classes are becoming a family affair.  We have quite a number of mother/daughter and husband/wife clients.  We have numbers of siblings doing Zumba together, we have several nurses going after work and long time friends having fun doing our Zumba classes.  With our hectic schedule, it is a fun way of bonding with your love ones and at the same time getting fit together.

Uniting as one to achieve our common goal of improving the lives of the people in our studio.  Together, we embrace diversity to create an environment where each of us can express ourselves.  We always treat each other with respect and dignity and we hold each other to that standard.

We connect with, laugh with and uplift the lives of our customers.  The positive change we make to people’s live will extend past the time shared with us.

Although there are several Zumba Fitness classes scattered all over Southern California, Mary Jane’s 18-year ballroom experience has been the key difference in the way the couple’s two studios in Long Beach and Carson are being run.

“Mary Jane just makes the Latin dance livelier.” Ariel says, “And her long years of dancing experience enables her to conduct her own choreography – her own version that she teaches in her classes that excite the students.”

The classes are so energetic that Saturday nights in Carson studio, where mentally disabled students also do the Zumba, come alive. “In Carson, we provide a program designed to help the developmentally challenged. Don’t be surprised, but these folks could dance…” Ariel says, “that’s how Mary Jane captivates you.”

The MJ Dance Studio in Carson has been teaching Zumba Fitness classes since February 2012. The Long Beach studio has been a favorite hang out for Zumba dancers/exercisers for the past two years, according to Ariel.

Zumba Fitness classes in Carson are held every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9-10 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.   Our classes in Long Beach are daily from 8 p.m. to 9 pm except on the weekends.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we combine Turbo Kick and Zumba for an hour.   We have several couples who are attending this class.

In Carson, classes cost only $5 per session/hour or $50 per month for an unlimited number of classes. The private classes at the Long Beach studio cost double those amounts.

Aside from Zumba Fitness classes, Mary Jane also teaches one-on-one ballroom instruction, Turbo Kick and Pi-Yo (Pilates /Yoga).

Next month, we will be introducing our One-Hour Ballroom Dynamic Classes at our Carson Studio.  This class is for people who wants to experience ballroom dancing without a partner.  Our classes will be from 10 am to 11 am in the morning.

MJ Dance Studio in Carson is located at 16880 S. Main St. , Carson, CA 90248.   Our Long Beach location is at 3845 California Avenue, Long Beach CA 90807 . For more information, please call Mary Jane at (661) 623-7118 or (562) 726-1341. (Ariel Trinidad)