CATONSVILLE - It's safe to say Zumba is a fitness craze here to stay. If you love to dance and work up a sweat, then you're invited to the largest Zumba class in Maryland!
Black-Eyed Susan Day is billed as the "ultimate girl's day out." This year, one of the feature events is "Shake It for a Good Cause," a Zumba class to help promote health and fitness. Part of the proceeds from the ticket sales will also benefit Komen Maryland.
Shelley Sharkey is the owner of Ms Fit women's gym in Catonsville. She says Zumba is one of their most popular classes, most likely because it feels more like a party and less like a workout.
"You’re having fun while you’re working out, you’re dancing, you’re moving," she said. "You don’t even realize you’re doing something to benefit your health."
For Sharkey, the Zumba event at Pimlico is not just about health and wellness. She's been a supporter of Komen Maryland for years and now involves her members in the charity. She's seen the effects breast cancer can have on a person and their loved ones.
"It doesn’t discriminate it can show up in anyone. As women, we have to take charge of our health and do everything we can to try to work together to fight this."
Sharkey and her team are a fundraising machine and last year their hard work paid off. They've been chosen to lead the warm up at this year's Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley because they were the top fundraisers in the Health Fitness category.
"I was completely overwhelmed I was speechless for about 2 days. I felt great for my team because it was a collective effort."
If you'd like to join Sharkey, her Ms Fits and others at the "Shake It for a Good Cause" event at Black-Eyed Susan Day, click here for more information.