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Zumbathon works up a sweat for Jefferson Dancers

Money raised will help pay for guest choreographers and festival travel
by: Tribune file photo Jefferson Dancers practiced several years ago a dance that uses flashlights in a dark room. The popular dance program is raising money after some funding was cut.

Love Zumba, dancing, or just fitness?

The Jefferson Dancers do, and this Sunday they're hosting a nightclub-style Zumba Fitness class - a Zumbathon - at the Wonder Ballroom to raise money for their program.

The second-annual event is hosted by PulsePDX, a local not-for-profit that leads Zumba classes around the city in a party-like atmosphere.

At the fundraiser, Zumba instructors will lead participants of all skill levels in dance-inspired fitness routines including popular Latin and other international music.

The 30 Jefferson Dancers, ages 14 to 18, are based at Jefferson High School but hail from across the region.

The program was nearly eliminated in 2005. Now it operates on a reduced budget from the district, forcing the need for more fundraisers such as performing at community events and looking to donors.

The Zumbathon is from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Tickets are $12 online at http://jdzumbathon.eventbrite.com, or $15 at the door.

Additional donations are also accepted. Proceeds will support the dancers' efforts to bring in guests choreographers, as well as help the dancers travel to the 22nd National High School Dance Festival in Philadelphia this spring.