Zumba connects Phoenix high school students with teachers

PHOENIX - Every Monday after school gets out, students and faculty at Camelback High School cut loose a little.

"It is making a fool of yourself for 60 minutes to music," teacher Katie Larkin said.

This is Zumba class. The cafeteria is transformed into a dance studio. It's more than just fun and dance, it's taking a step in the right direction toward fitness.

"It's an amazing workout. In 60 minutes, I take care of what I would probably take care of in three hours in a gym," Larkin said.

The students tell us they love it.

"A little funny music too," student Phul Darjee said.

"Yes we are, we're a lot of fun," another student, Ozzy Mendez told us.

Even the guys get involved. Members of the wrestling team, like Mendiz, come regularly, trying to shake things up.

"Not only to dance, but work out before our practices. Most of the time, we are tired, so this is a fun thing to get up tempo before our practices," Mendez said.

It's a fun way for students -- and teachers to get active.

"A lot of our kids are different from when we grew up. They're much more interested in playing video games, we're trying to show them that there's another side of life, and that you can enjoy it and have fun too," teacher Danielle Kemp said.

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