Free Zumba Class Supports Children’s Miracle Network


On Monday July 18 at 7:30 pm Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Victoria Brown-O’Brien, will host a Zumba Fundraiser at the First State Dance Academy. Victoria has teamed up with Maria Fry of Milford, DE, a certified Zumba Instructor, to host a free of charge class, while asking for donations towards the Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Fund.

Victoria is working towards becoming Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. This year the Miss America Outstanding Teen Organization is teaming up with Children’s Miracle Network to help kids in our community by raising much needed funds. She has set a goal to raise $1,000. Money raised will benefit both Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen Scholarship Fund.

Being a dancer herself at the First State Dance Academy, Victoria thought helping people to learn Zumba would also help promote her community service platform to educate and encourage individuals to maintain healthy lifestyles. Zumba can be described as a cardio, fitness dance that is predominately Latin. It has been increasing in popularity due to its exciting rhythms and moves.

“I choose to do a program that would teach people Zumba because it fits so well with my Miss Teen platform ‘Get Up and Dance’,” commented Victoria. “Because Zumba is low impact and so much fun it is a great way to promote healthy lifestyles.”

Since winning Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen in 2011 Victoria has been traveling the state educating other teens on the importance of staying healthy and making healthy decisions in their own lives. She has had the chance to meet with many young children through surrounding school districts and parks and recreation organizations. The Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is a part of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization. The not-for-profit organizations are official state preliminaries for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant and the Miss America Pageant, respectively, and are scholarship-based programs.

Maria Fry, the dance coach of the free Zumba class, is an instructor at the First State Dance Academy and a certified Zumba trainer. Ms. Fry assisted former Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, with fundraising efforts and her talent which was dancing. As a supporter of the Miss America Pageant, Ms. Fry offered Victoria the option to help her raise funds to reach her goal of $1,000 and the title of Miss America Outstanding Teen.

“Zumba is a very exciting dance,” commented Ms. Fry. “It is a cardio class that predominately has Latin rhythms but also has some elements of swing and hip-hop.”

Ms. Fry asks participants to remember to bring water, a towel, a friend, lots of energy, and a donation for Children’s Miracle Network. The class will be limited due to space so early reservations are encouraged by calling 302-841-3853 or email You can also sign up online at and pay at the door. The First State Dance Academy is located at 107 Maple Street, Milford, DE 19963.