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Students groove to the beat while participating in a Zumba exercise class at Gasper's School of Dance in downtown Fargo. The dance-centric workout originated in Colombia before migrating north to the U.S. Photos by David Samson / The Forum

Zumba workout craze has whole lot of shaking goin' on

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Fargo-Moorhead fitness outlets are feeling a serious shake down. Zumba, the latest international workout craze, has taken hold of F-M, and sessions of the exercise are giving participants a workout that mixes sweat with smiles.


"Where else can you have fun and get in shape at the same time?" asked Janet Dew before Thursday night's class at Gasper's School of Dance in Fargo.

"Ditch the workout. Join the party," says Jill Lawrence, repeating a popular Zumba mantra.

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