KU student Joana Galvao Zumba has danced her way to success.

Alexia Ganotaki

Third-year KU student Zumbas her way to success

As unemployment figures hit an all-time low, graduates all over the country struggle to find a job.

However, one early-bird KU student has already landed her dream job by dancing her way to successs, after she started her own business to become a Zumba teacher.

For Joana Galvao, Zumba classes are the way forward. The third-year graphic design student took up the Latin-inspired classes three years ago and instantly fell in love with it, which is probably not surprising since Joana takes inspiration from her Mediterranean roots.

The 21-year-old’s hips don’t lie, as her natural flow for dancing led her to go further by becoming a certified Zumba instructor.

Joana explained that she had her doubts at first.

“I contemplated becoming an instructor, so I took the course a year later.

“It was a £700 investment, but then I was making £30 an hour and paid that off within the first three months,” she said.

Joana can teach you

Joana teaches her classes at Virgin Active Gym in the Bentall Centre in Kingston.

She is motivated by her clients’ enthusiasm, as they laugh, have fun and let off steam in her classes.

“It is really rewarding, I have had people come up to me after classes  to say that it was the highlight of their week and they feel good about themselves.”

Her high-energy classes are so popular because, not only do the dance moves help burn up to 800 calories per hour, but the workout is more like a party.

Joana will be teaching classes at Kingston College soon. She has also planned a Christmasthemed Zumbathon in Kingston that will be taking place for charity shortly.

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