Zumba Alaska is partnering with local nonprofit to launch a program that integrates Zumba into a family therapy setting. 

"AK Child & Family" serves youth who struggle with emotional and behavioral challenges through a variety of treatment programs.

Zumba instructors Rachel Cella and Ana Perez Inocencio joined Daybreak on Tuesday to talk about the collaboration.

“Research shows that movement is really one of the best ways of healing trauma,” said Cella. “It seems like a really obvious partnership.”

First comes the Zumba Challenge. Different groups are sending in videos of themselves showing off their best Zumba dance moves.

Next is October’s Fire Meets Ice party fundraiser, where the winning video will be announced. The money raised will be used to launch the pilot Zumba program with AK Child & Family.

There are about half a dozen videos submitted so far, including one from the Anchorage Police Department.

“We’re hoping to engage a lot of people in the community,” said Inocencio.

To submit your crew’s Zumba video, you can go here.

Fire Meets Ice is Saturday, October 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Center on Arctic Boulevard.

Ahead of time, you can get tickets here; they’re $45 in advance and $60 at the door.

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