Zumbini class introduces young children to playing drums

  • Zumba instructor C. Rene Collins-Maragh dances during Wednesday's Zumbini class at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Collins-Maragh used dance and music to create a bonding experience for mothers or caregivers and their children, ages 3 months to to 3 years old.

      Zumba instructor C. Rene Collins-Maragh dances during Wednesday's Zumbini class at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Collins-Maragh used dance and music to create a bonding experience for mothers or caregivers and their children, ages 3 months to to 3 years old. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Cathy Molloy of Lake Zurich watches her 20-month-old daughter, Faith, play with toy tambourines during Wednesday's Zumbini class at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Zumba instructor C. Rene Collins-Maragh used dance and music to create a bonding experience for mothers or caregivers and their children, ages 3 months to 3 years old.

      Cathy Molloy of Lake Zurich watches her 20-month-old daughter, Faith, play with toy tambourines during Wednesday's Zumbini class at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Zumba instructor C. Rene Collins-Maragh used dance and music to create a bonding experience for mothers or caregivers and their children, ages 3 months to 3 years old. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Victoria Obianwu of Lake Zurich dances with her 10-month-old daughter, Kosi, during Wednesday's Zumbini class at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Zumba instructor C. Rene Collins-Maragh used dance and music to create a bonding experience for mothers or caregivers and their children, ages 3 months to 3 years old.

      Victoria Obianwu of Lake Zurich dances with her 10-month-old daughter, Kosi, during Wednesday's Zumbini class at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Zumba instructor C. Rene Collins-Maragh used dance and music to create a bonding experience for mothers or caregivers and their children, ages 3 months to 3 years old. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com
Updated 10/12/2016 5:01 PM

Zumba instructor C. Rene' Collins-Maragh played drums and danced with infant children Wednesday while leading an exercise group of parents, caregivers and their kids as part of a Zumbini class at Ela Area Public Library.

Nearly 20 people participated in the dance and music program at the Lake Zurich library designed to stimulate youngsters with various dance styles and international music, and provide a bonding experience for parents and their young children under 4 years old.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"It brings in international music that Zumba is so famous for and gives kids a chance to hear different music and to play drums and play instruments and to just have fun," Collins-Maragh said. "The kids love it. When you see those smiles, it is pretty amazing."

Parents danced with their children to salsa music and, afterward, small children surrounded large African gathering drums and begin beating them with their tiny hands.

"It was a lot fun. She really enjoyed it, getting to play with the drums and the instruments. Faith had a great time," Cathy Molloy of Lake Zurich said after playing tambourines with her 20-month-old daughter, Faith.

The Zumbini program was developed out of the Zumba organization for caregivers and their children, 3 years and younger, to learn and bond in an upbeat musical environment using music and introducing simple musical instruments.

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