By David Rudd
When it comes to Zumba lessons, you can learn the high-energy style of dance by following an instructional video in your living room. Or, you can get real results by taking a class taught by University of Chicago Medicine nurse Donna Christian-Harris RN, NP, FNP. Just ask her colleague, Shirley Booker, RN.
“Donna’s dance routines are very easy to follow, she really makes you work up a sweat, and she is quite physically fit,” said Booker, who cares for patients in the Primary Care Group. “I have lost 20 pounds. I am a testament to her Zumba class.”
Booker said she met Christian when they were both students in another Zumba class that came to an abrupt end. But after noticing Christian’s energy and mastery of the routines—which fuse Latin, African and Middle Eastern rhythms and beats—Booker said she encouraged her to become an instructor.
Booker started taking Christian’s class last summer, she said, adding that she’s even recommended the class to others who have become Christian’s students.
“Since we’re both nurses, we can set positive examples for nurses here at University of Chicago Medicine to keep in shape no matter what age you are,” said Booker, adding that she and Christian once worked together in the Primary Care Group. “She is a phenomenal fitness instructor. More people should attend her class.”