MAMARONECK — The Autism Science Foundation and Dance2BFit will host their first annual “Zumba Mania,” a fun and fundraising event for families and individuals affected by autism, on Saturday at Dance2BFit Studios in Mamaroneck.
The event will raise money to fund research to find the causes of autism and develop better treatments for children, teens and adults with autism. One in 88 children is currently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined, according to a press release from the Autism Science Foundation.
Zumba Mania will run from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Dance2BFit at 656 Van Ranst Place, Mamaroneck. Dance2BFit owner/instructor Gustavo Lopez, a Mamaroneck native and Mamaroneck High School graduate, will lead the event. Dancers 12 and older, of all developmental and skill levels, are welcome to participate.
“Let’s face it; it’s stressful being the parent of a child with autism and zumba is a fabulous stress reliever,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “Gustavo is the best instructor I’ve ever met. It’s just impossible not to be happy when you’re doing zumba with Gustavo.”
“Everyone can zumba,” said Lopez, who became a certified zumba instructor in 2009 and opened Dance2BFit in 2012. “Whatever your age, fitness level, or developmental level, zumba is a great workout and has great health benefits.”
Tickets are $25 and available online at http://asfzumbamania.eventbrite.com/. All advance ticket buyers will receive a free water bottle or size large T-shirt at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the door, space permitting.
Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer/choreographer Albert Perez. It involves dance and aerobic elements and incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, mambo and other dance moves.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Autism Science Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. The foundation also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. It was founded by Scarsdale resident Alison Singer, who serves as president .
To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation’s programs visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org.
Gustavo Lopez will be leading “Zumba Mania” on Saturday.