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Biola’s Zumba Club

Students can experience a fun and effective workout through dancing.
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Hannah Wittenberger

Biola offers students the opportunity to join a variety of clubs and become involved in smaller communities on campus and Zumba club is one of these clubs that students can join. This female-only club was started by junior kinesiology major Madeline Cliffe, the president of the club, and Eden Araujo, a junior business administration major.

“It has been a dream of mine since I came to Biola, but I couldn’t start it before because I didn’t have a valid instructor’s license,” said Cliffe.

As the president of the club, Cliffe has several responsibilities. From communicating with Biola’s Office of Campus Engagement to filling out forms to finances, Cliffe makes sure that everything is running smoothly for the club. She also makes the posters and does the marketing for the Zumba club.

Zumba is a Latin-based dance exercise that is meant to give participants a fun and effective workout. It makes use of Latin dance styles or modern pop dance styles mixed with standard fitness moves. This style of workout is done to Latin pop music as well as pop from other places around the world. During its hour-long meetings, the club does warm-ups, dances, cooldowns and stretching.

Zumba also has a way of connecting people with one another, with music and ultimately with God.

“I think that moving, especially dancing, is a way to worship God because we are putting to use all the faculties that he gave to our bodies,” Cliffe said. “I just love doing Zumba with people and seeing everyone’s joy as they dance.”

Cliffe hopes to integrate more spiritual aspects, such as prayer, to the club as it continues to grow. She is also looking into organizing a co-ed event once a semester, something she did recently for Try Everything week.

If you are interested in attending the Zumba club, the group meets on Saturdays in Soubirou 202 from 4-5 p.m. No experience is necessary as it is not about proficiency or skill, but participating in a fun and well-rounded workout. To get in contact with the Zumba club, direct message @maddance_K or email [email protected]

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Shelby LaPorte
Shelby LaPorte, Staff Writer
Shelby LaPorte is a freshman journalism major with a concentration in writing and publishing. She loves to read, paint, draw, watch movies and shows and go on adventures with her friends. I was born and raised in Fremont, California, about an hour's drive from San Francisco. I’ve moved a total of five times throughout my life and two of these happened in the last three years. I never moved far and remained in the same school district my whole life. Growing up, I spent my time dancing and swimming. These were my great passions for a long time. The summer after I had graduated from high school, I was given a letter that I had written to myself in 6th grade. In this letter, I wrote that I was going to go to Biola. This goes to show that I had known for a long time that Biola was the school for me. I remember visiting the school when I was around ten years old and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it. Biola felt like home and from that moment on I knew exactly where my life was going in terms of college.  Though I’ve always loved reading and writing, I never imagined that I would become a journalist. Like a lot of young girls, I dreamed of being a professional ballerina and when that fizzled out, I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. At some point, I moved beyond these unlikely dreams and landed on nursing. I had no reasoning or understanding of why I wanted to become a nurse, but my mind had been made up. When I came to Biola last fall, I began my nursing journey. However, about halfway through the semester, I took a moment to think about what I was doing and realized this wasn’t where I was meant to be. I stumbled upon the idea that journalism may be the career path for me and this semester is my first as a journalism major. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for me for the rest of my time at Biola.
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