By Sara Brown
Revere resident Tara Centofanti-Leary recently started instructing her own zumba classes.
“Zumba is so much fun. Everyone should try it,” Tara Centofanti-Leary said.
“Zumba with Tara” takes place every Wednesday at the Beachmont VFW at 6:00 pm for $10.
Centofanti-Leary became a certified zumba instructor last October by the advice of her dance instructor and decided to finally make use of it. Centofanti-Leary is also a dance instructor.
“Dance is my passion. I love to inspire people. Seeing people smile is the biggest reward. That’s the approach I take with my classes,” she said.
Centofanti-Leary wants to make her classes as welcoming as possible.
“I just want people to have fun. I don’t want to intimidate people,” she said.
Student Angela Ravesi agrees the class is not intimidating.
“She really makes you comfortable. You don’t have to be self-conscious. I would feel comfortable going to the class with my friends or even alone,” Ravesi said.
Ravesi said this is her first zumba class she has ever taken.
“I love it so much. It’s all about being yourself and dancing your heart out,” she said.
Centofanti-Leary said that even people who might be worried about the pace shouldn’t fret.
“I would say trying is the first and biggest step,” she said.
She also says she breaks down the steps at first.
“I like to go at a slower pace in the beginning. This way people can understand them as we go on,” she said.
“As you go along, you learn more,” she said.
Both agree zumba is an amazing workout.
“You are sweating instantly,” Ravesi laughs.
“You leave my class drenched in sweat. You don’t realize the workout you are doing,” Centofanti-Leary said.
Centofanti-Leary says it’s important to just keep moving.
“Go at your own pace. The main thing is your moving. It’s important,” she said.
She also believes these types of classes are important to the community.
“I grew up with Angela and when she took my class it was the first time I had seen her in years. We reconnected. Who would have thought it be over a zumba class,” Centofanti-Leary said.
“It’s not just working out. You build connection to other people in your community and especially with this class. I don’t know that many zumba classes in Revere,” Ravesi said.
Centofanti-Leary hopes to add more classes soon. On August 14th, she will be hosting a special 80’s Zumba party.
“I have a motto. It’s kind of cheesy but never miss a chance to dance,” she said.