There is no zumba class like Ben Byrd's zumba class. It has become a huge--and the most fun!--part of my Saturday and Sunday mornings at The Ailey Extension. I have been taking ballet and other types of dance most of my life, including at Ailey, but I am in some of the best shape of my life and have newfound upper body strength thanks to Ben's zumba. The classes are equal parts fitness and dance, and all fun! Expect kickboxing punch combos, merengue, salsa, cha cha--and what do you know, also push ups and squats! Ben's personality is just right to push us to do our best, encourage us and keep the class atmosphere fun. His music is the best! The Ailey studios are beautiful (you can't beat the views from the 5th and 6th floor studios) and the amenities are great. And last but not least, I love the community of students I take Ben's class with. I have met some wonderful women and men who support each other inside and outside of the class. All around RECOMMENDED! Check it out by the end of March 2014--after that, Ben Byrd might no longer be teaching at Ailey but find him on Facebook for his new class schedule.