The Morning News â€” Lisa Lete
Sisters Monica Nevarez and Tessica Cervantes are now teaching Zumba at El Centenario Event Center.
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Local Sisters Teach Zumba
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One can't help but notice the sparkle in her eyes as Blackfoot native Monica Nevarez talks about her love of Zumba and her new business venture: Centi-Z-Team. It's a Zumba fitness center, opening May 7 in the El Centenario Event Center (formerly Ridley's Grocery Store) in Blackfoot.
Nevarez describes Zumba as a "calorie-burning Latin inspired-dance fitness workout" that is taking the world and Blackfoot by storm.
"Zumba is amazing," Nevarez said. "Everyone should try it at least once."
Nevarez explained that there is a special Zumba formula that makes this workout so unique. It is musically based with 70 percent Latin music and 30 percent hip-hop, disco, Middle Eastern or other sounds. The lights go down...and the dancing begins. The dance moves include Latin American dances, hip-hop, belly dancing and aerobic moves guaranteed to make you break a sweat and burn some serious calories while providing one of the best muscular and cardio workouts a person can get.
Nevarez is a certified instructor in Zumba dancing and Zumba toning; she has taught Zumba since 2010 at different Blackfoot locations and was in need of a bigger location to teach the classes.
"Teaching Zumba is actually something much bigger than myself," she said. "The love and the fitness success stories I get from my students make it so fun and rewarding for me. I teach each and every class with the enthusiasm like it's my first...my students deserve that every time."
Nevarez additionally works as an administrative assistant at Idaho Nuclear Laboratory (INL) and is studying through University of Idaho's Outreach Program to earn a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology. She is married to Armando and has a four-year old son, Enrique.
"As busy as I am, I love having my husband and son help at the the business," she said. "It's a chance for us to be together and work as a family."
Nevarez's sister, Tessica Cervantes, also a certified Zumba instructor, will be teaching classes as well, along with recently certified Zumba instructors- Mallory McKinlay and Patty Ojeda.
Nevarez, who holds an associate's degree in marketing from Eastern Idaho Technical College, said she already has about 50 students on board to start new classes.
which she credits to 'word of mouth' and Facebook.
" I sent out an "invite" on Facebook for my grand opening and a lot of people responded," she said. "Facebook has been a marketer's dream come true for me!"
Nevarez invites everyone of all ages and fitness levels to come experience a free Zumba class at Centi-Z-Team's grand opening at 51 S. Spruce St. in Blackfoot. "You might become a Zumba-holic," she said with a laugh.
Zumba prices after the grand opening will be $3 a class. There are discounts for pre-paying multiple classes. No contracts are required.
Centi-Z-Team regular Zumba classes are held Monday-Thursday at 8 p.m.; Zumba toning classes are held Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.
For more information about Centi-Z-Team's Zumba classes contact Nevarez at 520-5228