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Zumba: Jennifer Palacio of Newark, Delaware


Power Zumba burns 700 to 1,000 calories an hour, says Palacio, 42. “We work hard, but we have fun.” Palacio teaches Zumba at several locations, including the Western Y and Wilson Community Center in Newark, as well as North Star Elementary School, where she leads classes in Zumbatomic for kids. She also hosts events for Special Olympics. “That’s really one of the highlights,” Palacio says. “You think you’re going to go in there and teach them something, but it’s really them teaching me.” Her routine includes 16 tunes that range from meringue to samba. She teaches every day, which has helped her drop 60 pounds. “It’s just a passion I have. It’s what I do every day to get going and I want to transfer that passion to others.”

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