Based on Chapter 26 in East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte and South El Monte Arts Posse’s “East of East” archive.

Text and archival material curated by: Natalia Brazao-Cartas, Elita McFadden and Romeo Guzmán.

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Photographs showing a Zumba studio and class led by Daniel "Danny" Hernandez in South El Monte.

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Veronica Marquez (L) and Judith Olalde (R) in their Zumba attire.


The women of El Monte have been participating in Zumba sessions as exercise, performance and way of life. Studios have taken over Garvey Avenue and attracted a diverse public that have, together, built a community that combines style, friendship and exercise in a vibrant barrio feminist practice.