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Beto Perez interview 2006 Aqui Y Ahora

Beto Perez interview 2006 HIER EN NU

Het begon in een sportschool in Cali, in Colombia. Of eigenlijk begon het al eerder, op de straten van Cali, waar een kleine jongen, nog maar 7 jaar oud, een passie voor dans bleek te hebben, getriggerd door de bekendste dansfilm aller tijden, Saturday Night Fever, met John Travolta.

En nu gaan zelfs de Amerikanen het nadoen, meestal een goed teken. En het bracht de bedenker een klein fortuin, van de ene op de andere dag. We hebben het over Zumba, de fitnessrage die razendsnel wereldwijd roem vergaart. Miljoenen video’s gingen over de toonbank en er worden dagelijks op duizenden plekken over de hele wereld lessen in gegeven.

Zumba is here to stay.

Sensueel en provocatief dansend op feestelijke Latin ritmes gaat Zumba over blijdschap, over het hebben van een fijne tijd. Over een work-out die niet voelt als een work-out.
Het begon allemaal toen Alberto Perez, ook wel Beto Perez genaamd, op een dag de muziek vergat die hij normaliter gebruikte voor zijn aerobics lessen. Er stonden 40 mensen op hem te wachten om met de les te beginnen en alles wat hij bij zich had waren wat merengue en salsa waar hij zelf graag op danste. Dus improviseerde hij en vertelde hij dat hij deze les al heel lang voorbereidde en dat ze iets anders gingen doen. Ondanks de zenuwen ging de les fantastisch en vormde deze de geboorte van wat Zumba zou worden.

Slechts een korte tijd later vertrok hij naar de VS, naar Florida, om daar zijn droom te verwezenlijken. Hij sliep twee nachten in een park, nadat hij net aankwam. Zijn geld was opgegaan aan de reis. Niet lang daarna ontmoette hij twee zakenmensen die hem hielpen zijn eerste serie video’s op de markt te brengen. De rest is geschiedenis.

Veel van de deelnemers aan Zumba wilden eerst niet eens sporten, maar door Zumba en de talentvolle instructeurs die het geven gaan ze toch aan de slag en worden ze zelfs enthousiast.
Inmiddels dansen miljoenen mensen wekelijks op Zumba en veel enthousiaste beoefenaars worden zelf instructeur. Beto Perez is inmiddels eigenaar van een miljoenenbedrijf en blijft hard werken aan de ontwikkeling en promotie van Zumba. Omdat hij de work-out zo serieus neemt, doen de deelnemers dat ook, en dat zorgt ervoor dat Zumba in tegenstelling tot veel andere methoden geen eendagsvlieg is, maar een methode die voorlopig geen aanstalten maakt plaats te mank voor iets anders.

Aqui Y Ahora – Beto Perez

He casually started in a gym in Cali, Colombia and now even the Americans try to imitate him.

It’s creator went from living on the streets to earning a small fortune overnight. We’re talking about the exercise known as Zumba which is widely practiced all around the world. Having sold more than 2 millions videos it has made a star of it’s creator.

Our reporter Jose Viera, tells us about what’s behind Zumba tonight.

The Zumba rhythm is danced to sensual and provocative moves. What is Zumba? -It’s a party… it’s happyness, it’s about having a good time. It’s about exercising without feeling one is exercising. Alberto Perez created Zumba. I mixed fitness with Dance into one technique. Such technique started casually one day when Beto Perez wanted to teach an aerobics class and he forgot to bring the music. I had 40 people waiting for me to start the class but only had some merengue and salsa music I liked to dance to so I announced I had been preparing this class for a long time so, let’s do something different. Let’s do a cardio-vascular dancing class I have a surprised for you today. My heart was pounding heavily because I had to improvise like crazy according to Beto Perez, the class was a success and that is when Zumba was born.

I started about 4 years ago when I was looking for something to make me feel good on a personal and on a family level. I was looking for a way to exercise. Ely Cedeño thought she was 30 pounds of overweight. Despite my age, I felt like an old person and was dressing to hide my overweight. I was bitter and self-centered because I was not happy with who I was both phisically and mentally. The quest to look and feel better led her to discover Zumba. At the end of the first class, I felt a total change of energy meaning I felt there was no need to go to a disco nor go to a gym

The first difference between Zumba and other exercises is the music. It’s latin music which is fun and dynamic. Other types of exercises can be a bit boring According to physiologyst for the welfare center at Miami Universitity, Joanna Torrents the main concern is that people do some kind of exercise regardless of whether it’s Zumba or not.

Many people didn’t even want to enter a gym but now because of Zumba and they like to dance and they like the instructors it helps them to exercise. Time times when the instructor was hard on you is gone. You can really see a big difference now. Ely Cedeño was so impressed with the results she decided to quit her teaching job to get a Zumba instructor diploma. My husband begs me never to stop doing Zumba.

Instructors are teaching it in more than 20 countries and many more people are practicing with the home videos. Beto Perez claims millions of people are dancing to Zumba.

María del Carmen Perez mother of beto perez

María del Carmen Perez mother of Beto Perez

His long road to success started in the streets of Cali, Colombia. At that time they were screening Saturday Night’s Fiver with John Travolta and one day we went to see it and the next day he showed everyone all the moves he learned from the film. That was the beginning. María del Carmen Perez remember how here 7 year old son started showing his passion for dancing to everybody.

María del Carmen Perez remember how here 7 year old son started showing his passion for dancing to everybody
María del Carmen Perez remember how here 7 year old son started showing his passion for dancing to everybody

María del Carmen Perez remember how here 7 year old son beto perez started showing his passion for dancing to everybody

7 year old Beto Perez showing his passion for dancing to everybody in Cali

She never thought he would become a professional dancer. I was always expecting him to become a lawyer or something normal like that but nowadays parents want their children to become artists and dancers. Alberto Perez, known as Beto Perez, overcame such stigma, and began to make a living as a dancer in the streets of Cali and later went on to teach aerobics class in Colombia’s most renowned gyms. But Beto Perez wanted to do much more.

beto perez in cali colombia

beto perez teaching dance in cali colombia

beto perez teaching dance class cali colombia

beto perez teaching dance class cali colombia zumba

beto perez cali colombia zumba

Beto Perez in Cali Colombia

As I was reading magazines from Miami and New York, I became obsessed with coming to this country and I felt the calling. I felt there was something here for me.

He left his home country 7 years ago and moved to Florida. We slept on a park bench for 2 nights. That was delicious. I was so glad to be sleeping in a park in this country. He met some businessmen who helped him market his first video 2 years later which later made him a fitness star. Beto Perez released his second video series in 2004.

The fact the mayor has made December 13th as the official Zumba Day and has awarded me for it has been amazing. Perhaps Beto Perez’s biggest pride and joy has been to realize his mother’s dream to buy her favorite car. I said to her she would have it one day. Maybe she cannot have it in Colombia, but I got it for myself here as a memento. This one is for you, Mom.

mayor miami made December 13th the official Zumba Day and has awarded Beto Perez for it
Mayor of Miami made December 13th the offcial Zumba Day and has awarded Beto Perez for it

As if his achievements were not much, Beto Perez believes all this is not enough. When I got off the plane I said to myself “I’m going to conquer this country”. And I think I did it. Now that I’ve done it, I want to conquer the world. Who’s going to stop me?

Beto Perez to conquer the world with zumba fitness

At the end of this month, Beto Perez will participe in a Zumbathon to raise money for cancer survivors. Puerto Rican actress Adamari Lopez who survived breast cancer will be hosting the event.

Lopez claims Zumba helped her recover from her treatment. Beto Perez is also working on a new series of videos to be released next year. I thought Zumba came from Brazil so tonight I learned something new.

Zumba Fitness to Host First Annual Zumbathon

Beto Perez to conquer the world with zumba fitness

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