Almost every gym offers Zumba classes! Whether it’s a local YMCA or Zumba studio, the class is common across the country. This week’s immigrant is a Colombian dancer and businessman named Alberto Pérez. Pérez is the founder of Zumba Fitness LLC, which certifies teachers, offers DVD classes, sells fitness clothing and other products. An incredible effect of Zumba is not only the well-being training offered, but also the exposure with Latin American music. From pit bull to daddy yankee, participants around the world learn a great deal of Latin American culture by dancing to music.
Pérez was born in Cali, Colombia in 1970 and raised by a single mother. At 14, he worked three jobs to support his family. Although he could not afford dance classes, he taught himself and, after winning a national competition, was admitted to one of Cali’s best dance academies to study there. In 1999 Pérez emigrated to Miami, FL. In Miami, he first tested his concept of Zumba Fitness and offered his class on Williams Island. Zumba Fitness LLC was founded and multiplied by 2006. The next time you go to the gym, think of Pérez!
– Contribution from Eden Siskind
Greg Siskind is a partner of Siskind Susser, PC – Immigration Lawyers. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, he received a law degree from the University of Chicago. He created the first website on immigration law in 1994 and the first blog on law in 1997. He has written four books and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He can be reached by email at [email protected]
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