Before the pandemic, Aredes was a bartender at upscale New York City restaurants. He also taught Zumba a couple of days a week at the YMCA. When the pandemic hit he moved class online and then, once the weather warmed up, moved it outdoors.

NEW YORK — JANUARY 23: Michael Aredes is photographed after leading a Zumba class outside Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Photographs by Calla Kessler/NPR)