Zstudio: Duluth's first all-Zumba studioBeneath the Electric Fetus, is an inviting, Zumba® studio. Colored lights generate a dance-club feel, even early in the morning. With walls painted in bright pink and lime green stripes, you can't help but smile.
By: Beth Koralia, for the Duluth Budgeteer News
Beneath the Electric Fetus, is an inviting, Zumba® studio. Colored lights generate a dance-club feel, even early in the morning. With walls painted in bright pink and lime green stripes, you can't help but smile.
Angela Valine, Dawn Magnuson, and Jillian Heide opened Zstudio last November. The three savvy businesswomen had taught Zumba around the area, but found no place that catered to an adult clientele.
Although Valine and Magnuson have a bit of background in dance, the women’s experience is mostly with Zumba.
“It’s a fun way to get in shape,” Valine said. “We’re all interested in fitness and wellness”
Zstudio is dedicated to helping people reach their fitness goals, offering day- and evening classes during the week and on weekend afternoons as well.
On Saturday afternoons, Zstudio offers free classes to individuals with special needs as well as their attendants or guardians.
Valine, who has worked in the group home industry since age 18, explained that Zumba for special needs provides not only fitness, but also an important social aspect.
“All the clients I have worked with responded well to music,” Valine said. “Some don't necessarily want to go to the gym, and can’t always afford it. Here, they can socialize and meet other people."
So far, not many people have taken advantage of this opportunity.
Of those who do attend, Valine said, “They seem to really like it. They think it’s fun. They enjoy the atmosphere with the lights and everything. Some just come for the fun; others come to improve their health."
Zstudio also rents space for birthdays, bachelorette parties and showers, and the rental includes a Zumba session.
Valine said Zumba is “a lot of fun. You don't even realize you’re working out. You’ll get the hang of it and have fun.”
If you have never tried Zumba, Valine said the main thing is to “just keep moving!”
“You’re not going to get every move perfect the first time,” she reassured. “Just have an open mind and not stress about every little move.”
In the future, Valine said they plan to increase class offerings to include a variety of health and wellness options.
“We want to expand the studio to include more than just Zumba; we’re just not there, yet,” Valine said.
If you can't make it to a Zumba class, stop in and see “limbo gallery” — a roaming, pop-up collection of artwork by local artists. Zstudio is also looking to host other artistic works.
Zstudio is located at 11 E. Michigan St. For more information, visit www.zstudioduluth.com or contact Angela Valine at email@example.com or (218)940-3224.