Zumba with Christal together again

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By Nick Seebruch
Zumba with Christal together again
Pictured from left-to-right are Christal and Val Bowen, Jane DeGray and Pam Bowen. Submitted photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – March 11, 2020 was the last time that Christal Bowen was able to lead her Zumba with Christal class in-person. Now, over two years later her and her Zumba family will be reunited face to face on Monday, April 4 at St. Lawrence Secondary School.

‘We are finally back together and the town will come alive on April 4,” Bowen said.

Bowen said that they have been approved for max capacity with no restrictions. Her first class back will feature music from Stacy McPhail from DJ Sound.

“It being our first class back together after so long I wanted to go all out with the music,” said Bowen.

Pictured is Christal Bowen on stage leading a Zumba class. Submitted photo.

Zumba with Christal did not miss a beat during the pandemic however. With the help of her wife, Val Bowen, Christal was able to continue her classes online at first through Skype and then Zoom.

“She was my rock through all of this,” Bowen said. “Class never stopped. I kept teaching and we never missed a party. “I kept going because we needed it and I believe it kept me sane to offer stress relief to people who needed it the most,” Christal Bowen explained.

“We had a really large following through COVID,” said Val Bowen.

Val explained how the Zoom Zumba classes soon found a following across Canada and beyond.

Virtual Zumba classes will continue, with the live sessions that will happen on Wednesdays being recorded.

“We will be able to give our Zumba recordings on demand,” said Val. “No Zumba members are being left out that way.”

For more information about Zumba with Christal or to get involved visit the Zumba Cornwall-Zumba with Christal Facebook page.

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