"But I liked it," she said. "I would do it again."

Taylor decided to host a fitness party after two of her girlfriends had Zumba parties. One of those friends, Renee King, said she loves to dance but also wanted to do something healthy for her birthday.

"It's nice when it doesn't feel like a workout," she said. "You're still getting the health benefits, but having fun as well."

Prices of the parties can vary depending on the location. Some charge per person, while others charge a group rate or a fee to rent a room.

At Taylor's Zumba party, the women were led through a series of mostly Latin-inspired dance themes. They danced salsa, the merengue and the cha-cha to songs by Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, among others.

When things got intense, instructor Stewart shouted out words of encouragement to get people pumped up again.

"It's going to be OK," she said. "You can handle it."

It was a little too intense for at least one participant, who found her way to back of the room to sit down.

The party ended with a free-style number as the ladies did the popular wobble line dance.

They then noshed on bananas and other fruit and drank bottled water.

No cake and soda at this fitness party.

"It's all about living a healthy lifestyle," Taylor said.

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