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Cooper Rec to ‘get jiggy with it’

Published 5:10pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cooper Recreational Center has a Saturday evening activity that will get you moving and grooving to a Latin beat.

Zumbathon is coming to the Cooper Rec Center, including Latin-inspired dances, door prizes, vendor booths, raffles and refreshments.

“Most people aren’t considerate of their health,” said Zumba instructor Felecia Kelly. “I was more than 250 pounds, and I was on blood pressure medication … I ate healthy and I started doing Zumba, and I lost 85 pounds in one year.”

Zumbathon is appropriate for teenagers and older, Kelly said. It costs $5 and will be held Saturday from 5–6:30 p.m.

Kelly is an Alexander City native, now living in Columbus, Ga., who has been teaching Zumba for about four months in Cusseta, Ga. She said she wants to use Zumba to give back to the community – she will give a portion of the proceeds from Zumbathon back to Cooper Rec.

“It’s really a party,” Kelly said. “Everybody is doing their own thing … everybody can’t dance, but you can move and you can have fun.”

Martevious Young, co-director at Cooper Rec, said another staff member knew Kelly and connected with her to bring Zumbathon to Alexander City.

“She travels and does this a lot, and the majority of the time she does it she gives back a percentage,” Young said.

Zumbathon will also include a raffle for a gift basket and door prizes to be handed out at random. Kelly also asked that participants wear purple shirts, if possible.

“When we take pictures, I like for the picture to have most all of us to be uniform,” Kelly said. “Purple has no significant reason.”

Even people who can’t dance can enjoy Zumbathon, Kelly said.

“Do what you can do, and what you can’t do don’t worry about it,” said Kelly, who recommended walking in place for moves that are too hard. “We keep screaming, ‘Keep moving!’”

To find out more about Zumbathon, call 256-329-6799 or email