Zumba goes for a global groove


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With its Latino vibes and infectious rhythms, Zumba – a Latin American dance fitness programme – has overwhelmed the nation's gyms. Now a forthcoming fitness-themed compilation shows the dance-party craze aiming for global domination by co-opting more mainstream sounds.

Psy's hit "Gangnam Style" opens the hyperactive set ahead of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)".

Such a selection highlights the now tedious homogeneity of popular music. And that presents a danger for Zumba. Will the Zumba CD quickly end up a pop cultural oddity alongside Angela Rippon's Shape Up And Dance LP, that reminder of when legwarmers and disco were cool?

'Zumba Fitness – Dance Party' is out on Monday