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Singer, dancer and presenter Ashley Roberts wows Manchester crowd with electric dance fitness moves at surprise Zumba® showcase

Multi-talented Singer, presenter, broadcaster and former Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Ashley Roberts wowed a 600 strong audience of dance fitness enthusiasts with an adrenaline-fuelled appearance at Manchester’s Bowler Exhibition Centre. The U.S-born star and dance fitness fan fulfilled a dream of getting down to pumping urban Latin anthems on stage alongside Beto Perez, Miami-based creator of the Zumba® programme.


A selection of the UK’s Zumba® Instructor Network had gathered to top up their training, led by leading Zumba® presenter talent from around the world. The former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts’ surprise appearance and perfectly executed high-energy moves left onlookers in awe and cheering for an encore.


No stranger to learning and presenting dance choreography throughout her music career, during her time on Strictly, and as presenter for Netflix ‘Dance Monsters’, Roberts joined Perez and his team of international fitness presenters on stage to dance to “Miami” by Nacho.


Coming off the stage at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre Ashley said, “Zumba is such a great combo of dance, music and fitness, so when they approached me to dance on stage, I said ‘sign me up! - I’m in!”, said the Heart FM Showbiz Correspondent and E4’s ‘The Real Dirty Dancing’ Host.  


Coming off the stage at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre Ashley said, “ Wow, the vibe and energy in the room is just amazing, with the music pumping and everyone following the moves together, such an incredible atmosphere. The best workouts are those that are fun - and Zumba is just like a party!  I love how energised Zumba makes you feel - and how it's so inclusive, anyone can do it!”


Zumba® creator Beto Perez said, “It was amazing to have Ashley join me on stage, she is such a natural performer and so dynamic.  She radiates a real sense of joy and playful energy, the essence of what the Zumba® programme is all about.


“Having Ashley here was a real treat for me and our UK instructors. But more importantly I hope that anyone who might be nervous about exercising in a group may now be inspired to try Zumba® having seen how much fun Ashley had with us today ” 


For the showcase, Ashley was wearing, the Zumba Love Snakeskin Bra, Kiss Pants and matching Kiss Crop Sweatshirt.


Available at fitness clubs, leisure centres and community spaces across the UK and often coined “exercise in disguise”, Zumba® is perfect for anyone and everybody! Each Zumba class is designed to bring people together to ‘sweat it on’ to infectious Latin and world rhythms. Zumba mixes easy-to-follow moves for a calorie-burning dance fitness party like no other. It’s a total body workout that combines all elements of dance fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Regular attendance at Zumba® classes has typically been associated with boosted energy and mood as well the increased self-confidence and sense of wellbeing that is commonly a documented scientific benefit of group exercise.