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Zumba Promises Fun, Fitness at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 3, 2010—When Barbara Mascialino ‘10 teaches, her students can’t sit still. That’s because the former New York financial district employee who traded spreadsheets and high heels for a career in helping others live healthier lives doesn’t allow it. In her hour-long Zumba workout classes, participants can’t help but keep moving to the sounds of sounds of salsa, swing, reggae, and hip-hop.

Ms. Mascialino, a personal trainer who has a master’s degree in holistic health studies from GCU, will lead Zumba classes this fall through the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL), GCU’s specialty curriculum for participants ages 50 and over who enjoy college-level courses. MILL classes, which run five to seven weeks, focus on thought-provoking topics and are taught by experienced professors and lecturers who are leaders in their fields.

Zumba, the cardio-dance craze inspired by Latin rhythms, is offered in two sessions: September 15 through October 13 (Wednesdays), and September 17 through October 15 (Thursdays).

Wednesday classes meet from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Dance Studio I of GCU’s Wellness Center, and Friday sessions are held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Ruggerio Room near GCU’s Court Café. Registration is $120 per person, which includes one or two sessions per week, and enrollment is open only to paid MILL members.

Zumba has grown tremendously since it was introduced in the United States nearly 10 years ago. Today, certified instructors like Ms. Mascialino lead participants in routines that incorporate samba, tango, flamenco, calypso, cha cha, and other dance styles. An estimated 7.5 million people in 105 countries take Zumba classes each week.

GCU’s Zumba course is designed for participants who want to learn how to blend body-sculpting techniques and dance moves. Although the classes often feel like a party, there’s plenty of calorie-burning and strength-training involved, says Ms. Mascialino. No exercise experience or fancy footwork is needed, and students of all abilities can enroll.

Zumba is one of 11 new offerings from the GCU’s McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning. An annual $25 fee allows participants to become members of the McAuley Institute, which offers classes without the hassles of homework, tests, or course credits. MILL members also attend two social networking events and invitation-only activities with headline guests who appear at GCU throughout the year.

Join the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Registration forms are also available at, and full course descriptions for MILL classes are in the latest edition of Mosaic, GCU’s publication of McAuley Community Center programs and events.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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