Zumba Scandal: Dance Studio Doubled As Brothel

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29-year old fitness instructor Alexis Wright has been arrested and charged with running a prostitution ring inside her Zumba dance studio in Kennebunk, Maine, and while the news has shocked the small town, even more surprising is the revelation that many of the encounters were secretly videotaped, and that more than a hundred people were involved. Now, the town is waiting to hear the names of the men who frequented the studio.

“Any time something like that happens, people get curious. It’s almost like the newspapers are teasing us that there are prominent names on the list. But maybe it’ll be nothing,” said Dan Breton, a business owner in town.

Wright pleaded not guilty to the 106 charges leveled against her–which include prostitution, violation of privacy, and tax evasion–and police have issued a summons to each of the men involved. Her business partner, Mark Strong, Sr., pleaded not guilty to 59 additional counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy. The names of the men who sought services are expected to be released to the public within the next few weeks, but with over 100 hours of video and more than 14,000 screen shots captured on seized computers to pore over, it won’t be an easy task.

“The state’s in over its head. This case isn’t ready for prosecution,” Daniel Lilly, Strong’s lawyer, said.

Wright allegedly received attention from police after a blog post accused her of being a prostitute. The landlord of the dance studio says he is owed thousands in rent and has received complaints from customers who claimed to hear “moaning and groaning” coming from Wright’s office.



Images: Facebook

There has already been a “Free Alexis Wright” Facebook page made in her honor, but judging by the photos posted, it’s hard to tell if the owner of the page is really behind her or just hoping to garner a bit of attention.

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  • Madison

    Hilarious! I always thought zumba looked strangely pathetic….

  • Sarah

    Are you kidding me!!!

    You just never know these days.

  • Gabriel

    no big deal nothing new oldest proffesion around. ya tax evasion no good so lets legalize. Duhhh

    • k

      so true. it’s only because the IRS cant get their hands on the cash that it’s illegal! legalize it and tax them, EASY!!

  • Tanishia

    I think it should be legalized, people pay for sex in so many ways just make it legal!!

    • NenaPR51

      Hell no!!! We are not Europe baby! Don’t want no Sodom and Gomorrah here. What is morally wrong should NEVER be legalized.

      • Mike

        What you think is morally wrong and what I think is morally wrong could be two differnt things! Thats why this is a free country and there is supposed to be a seperation between church and state. It should be legal. If you decide too or not too use a service THAT is where morals come into play. Who the hell are you to tell me whats right & wrong and who the hell am I to tell you. You do whats right by your family and I’ll whats right by mine and we’ll leave the government out of it!

        • Sandi

          Mike, it is already SODOM and GOMORRAH here! Sodom and Gomorrah are O and Hillary

          • amy

            Sandi-Sodom & Gomorrah are places not people. Read your bible, you sanctimonious a$$hole!

        • missy

          Oh yes lets not encourage the little girls of today to be all that they can be lets just give them more temptations and negative images “yes honey when you grow up you can be a cum dumpster”

      • fred garvin

        if everyone didn’t walk around acting like casual sex is morally wrong, perhaps we could focus on the financial services industry, whose sociopaths are (legally) destroying the nation.

      • Danielle

        My question to you Nena is who made you God to judge other people? You don’t want no Sodom and Gomorrah here, yet and I could be wrong, but you seem not to care that our President promotes same sex marriage if you vote for him.

    • Cheryl

      No prostitution should NOT be legalized. Regardless of what you think it is NOT a victimless crime. And it is objectifying women and using them. This will not ever be a respected career and no one would hope their daughter or son grows up to be a prostitute. Never legalize it. That is not the answer.

      • Danielle

        In all the states except Nevada where prostitution is legal, rape is on the rampart. Nevada is the only state where rape is the lowest crime in the nation.

  • Sandy

    Talk about combining world’s oldest profession with one of the newest things in today’s society….Surprising, yes! But it should not be!

  • Scourge2

    Then again, frequent, energetic sex is another great way to lose weight.


  • celeste

    Hadn’t anyone noticed the sudden surge of men signing up for classes?

  • Antonio

    My wife goes a lot to zumba should i be worried?

    • deadpaddyj

      My wife’s an instructor. I think you’re OK. :)

  • Darcy

    Now THAT’s a workout LOL

  • james cranford

    i think what is ironic is that most of these criminals are caught and prosecuted on ‘tax evasion’. she is in ‘good’ company with the likes of Capone. the irony is that 535 members of congress, the president and probably most of the bureaucrats pat each other on the back on how many taxes they can get out of paying. the democrats keep ‘bashing’ the ‘rich’ while passing more loopholes for their rich butts.

  • jmlemieux2003@yahoo.com

    If she was making all that money why didn’t she pay her rent? At least she was a capitalist. BTW..the Kennedy’s are on the list.

    • NenaPR51

      lol !!! Why am I not surprised to hear the Kennedys are members? lol !!!

      • OMG REALLY?

        They haven’t released any list, and yet Nena believe JM above. Naive as they come eh Nena?

        • OMG STUPID!!

          It’s a joke you flippin idiot. Constantly i read stories and there’s always an idiot makng stupid comments to someone else’s jokes. Have a sense of humor, DA.

      • Danielle

        The Kennedy’s wouldn’t waste their time driving over to a join like this, especially when its hundreds of miles away. Truth is, if they wanted some nooky, they would go to a local Hotel rent a room and call the bitty to fly in for a quickie which would probably last at least a week, depending on when the wives were expecting them back home.

  • evamarie777@yahoo.com

    Really? Well, at least not ALL Zumba dance studios are like that.

  • http://ms1.gotdns.com jonny rocket

    i went there. she over charged me.

  • Wil

    Wonder how many divorces are going to happen in this lil town, when the names get released lol

    • Danielle

      If the wife truly loved her husband, she would forgive him. If not she ain’t worth staying with.

    • ross

      Good time for a divorse lawyer to put up a couple advertisements in town.

  • Kgirl

    Misleading headline…this wasn’t a ZUMBA scandal, it was a tax, fraud, and prostitution scandal :( Her illegal activities had nothing to do with Zumba. I’m getting tired of clicking on news stories based on headlines only to be really disappointed in the story. And…there is nothing strange or pathetic about ANY type of exercise.

    • Michael

      It’s a Zumba scandal because it took place in a Zumba studio, thus letting someone’s spouse know to look out if their husband frequented that studio. If it was happening at the local bar where your husband went, wouldn’t it be relevant to mention that?

  • bluegnu63

    More men done in by their d*cks; they’re sooo easy.;-)

    • Danielle

      As a man, when I see a beautiful woman passing by, I can’t help but get a stiff dick. It stands out like a sore thumb, just plain natural. The unfortuate situation with men is we think with the little fellow below the belt rather than the more intelligent fellow above our shoulders. And that is our downfall.

  • Kat

    Gonna be a whole lotta traffic headed outta town! =0)

  • Kim

    I love Zumba and find it incredibly invigorating but damn that had to be one hell of a workout. Talk about needing an energy shot.

  • Jimmydeanbakker

    This has nothing to do with Zumba, so let’s stop it right here. She’s a prostitute, and that pretty much sums it up.

    • fred garvin

      a prostitute is just a woman with a great attitude.

    • Danielle

      So she got down and dirty in a victimless crime. If the government is going to allow queers to marry then why doesn’t it legalize prostitution. What two people do behind close doors is nobodies business but those two consenting adults. As a Christian we have no right to judge anybody. That is our Heavenly Father’s job. We can desern what is right or wrong. And Jesus Christ told the accusers of the women caught in adultery “those without sin may cast the first stone”. Noticed she was caught humping and pumping in the very act, and she was a married lady. The Bible tells us not to commit adultery. There is a big difference between unmarried couples screwing eachother and those that are married out screwing other people. Still we are not to judge anybody. Let go, let God.

  • Karen

    OMG…all our tax dollars going to legal fees to prosacute. Now thats a crime! My goodness America just make it legal and tax it. Problem solved.

    • Rob

      They should spend more on education so you can use spell check on your computer before you post something

      • Ashlie


  • brian

    damn she can zumba my face….

  • Sandi

    WHO CARES? Why can’t she sell her body? It’s her vagina! Wow, double standards if she was screwing your liberal husband huh?

  • Brittany

    The problem with prosecuting this is that one-third of the lawyers, police force,and judges have taken private Zumba lessons at this studio.

  • Poon-ba

    not Zumba….Poon-ba!

  • http://www.webpronews.com Ali Baba

    Your wife doesn’t have to have sex with you. If a man has to go elsewhere and pays for discretion, his privacy should be protected. Drop the prostitution charges and nail her for tax evasion! It’s her body, but she needs to pay her taxes …. and her rent apparently

    • Sarah

      Are you kidding me??? Why is adultery not a big deal anymore? If a wife isn’t having sex with her husband, maybe they should have counseling instead of him having an affair. Why get married if there is no commitment?

    • Ashlie

      Really.??? A wife not having sex with her husband is like giving him a present and telling him he CANT open it. AND, Do you seriously think that it is OK for a man to go out and cheat on his WIFE. Obviously ADULTERY doesnt come into YOUR mind if you are not comprehending the statement you just made.

  • Joel

    Prostitution is illegal but it is widespread in America. There are sooo….. many different fronts for prostitution. There are thousands of Asian Massage Parlor operating in the good old USA that offers prostitution services. Also there are thousands of escort agencies accross USA. There are Sugar dating website where prostitution is arranged. There are strippers that offer it to some of their clients. Illinois passed a law making it a class 4 felony to patronize a prostitute. Did clients decided not to engage in it because it is a felony? Most don’t care about the law. C(r)ook County, IL has widespread prostitution in the form of escort agencies, modeling agencies, and Asian Massage Parlors. Many men purchase sex. Now more women are purchasing sex and companionship. If you watch the show “Gigolos,” you will know what I mean. Winning the war on drugs and prostitution is a fantasy that will never come true.

  • wow

    Must be a quiet little town, not used to see exotic provocative dancing. Myself I wish I could dance like that, it is a great workout, disregard the sex part that they are accusing her off.
    I guess the population is just jelous of her qualities.

  • noixdekk

    Lol. Well, if men were even coming within 50 feet of the zumba studio, then I do think something fishy was up. I’m a zumba instructor and if you get one guy in your class every six months, it’s kind of a miracle.

  • Tim Neiwt

    Do we care who has sex with who? Get life folks, and stop projecting your ides of sexuality and morality onto everyone else. I think prostitution is stupid and would never pay for sex, still, if someone does, do I care? No. The world has real issues including; Hunger, war, imperialism, homelessness. You moral police need to take your high morality and turn it into something that impacts the planet in tangible and positive ways. Get your big noses out of peoples business.

  • Aliiswrong

    Ali Baba, you’re SO wrong and what planet and time are you living on?

    Men who pay for sex and cheat should suffer the consequences of public humiliation. Marriage is a social union. Don’t you understand western marriage and public ceremonies of marriage?

    • http://www.webpronews.com Ali Baba

      I disagree. Legalize it and pay your taxes/rent!

  • Joel

    Men from all walks of life pay for sex and companionship. Just because it is illegal does not mean it will go away. Yes, there are victims of commerical sex trade. There are also people being victimized by non-commerical sex. How about a boyfriend, husband, neighbor, or relative that sexually abuse a child? How about domestic violence in relationship? These are examples of non-commerical sex abuse and violence. Do we ban people from getting married or go on dates? If you think being a call girl is dangerous, think again. Women and children are be victimized by boyfriends, husband, or someone they know on a daily bases around the world in intimate relationship. We do not ban intimate relationship because these awful things occur. Women have 1 in 4 chances of being victimized in an intimate relationship. Most high class escort never got victimized by their client. No prostitute face 1 in 4 chances of being victimized by clients. So which is safer!!!

    • Angelface

      So…what you’re saying is most men are archaic douchebags? I would have to agree!

      • shut up

        The guys must be lining up to ask you out, “Angelface”.

      • G.I. Jane

        The nasty skank orifice of any prostitute should make the horny men’s schlongs get gangrene. Zombie dicks galore.

  • A

    So where’s the problem??? In-shape women offering a valuable service to society???? I need to find a place like this in my town.

    • Randy

      Absolutely. If the few pics on here are any indication of the available talent…NICE. Nothing ever would have happened if she had paid her rent

  • Carol Ann Maciel

    What two adults do is their bussiness…most men lie and say they are single….I do not condem nor condone but legalize it and the taxes you would get back go go to alot of worty causes such as homelessness and substance abuse treatment…as long as it is discretionary and not on the street,,,,no one should judge some women and men do this because they have family to take care of…and no of us know what we may become down the road until we are there!!!!!

  • jbmw

    Why call it a Zumba Scandal? Its a prostitution sting out of a fitness center.

  • PeteS

    Hi. This has nothing to do with Zumba. It is about one lady running a business and using Zumba as a front. There are mainly women who go to Zumba anyway.

  • Randy

    Isn’t is about time to make prostitution legal? It would create a lot of jobs, be safer for the girls and the guys. It would increase tax revenue, get the girls away from the violence and drugs. Get them on medical benefits. It would help put a dent in the sex slave trade. I truly don’t see the downside of making it legal.

    • Twright

      I can tell by the comments which of these men have paid for sex. SMH. To make prostitution legal won’t help the unemploymenr rate, if these women are already working per se’.

  • jvs

    I’d hit it, errr, I mean, I’d show her some stretching exercises. I mean I’d work her out.

  • http://Yahoo.com Kevin

    Hey I’ve been to Kennebunk, you’re not gonna pack the gym w/ a Pennysaver ad. Heck of a promotion and she did provide a reasonable cardio session.

  • Alex

    Sex is Gooood!!

  • Steph

    Hey, sex burns a lot of calories…. It’s actually my favorite diet.

  • Peter Gozinya

    Even if your married, your still paying to hit it.

  • Jennifer

    Who cares and why on earth should those mens names be released – we do not need to know and besides I bet you can find their naked butts on line why else would they have filmed or kept that kind of a video file? That will be humiliating enough for them and their FAMILIES leave them out of this mess!!! I think that prostitution should be legalized and give them a decent health plan they can afford and let them do their thing!!!

  • Steve

    I’d love to pump my iron in that!!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    100 hours of video tape….that will take a long time get through 5 minutes at a time. Sidebar—–I’d pay her whatever she wanted for a little ATM.

    • Patrick

      They are going to need a lot of tissue

  • Scott

    I would pay to have sex with her! She’s hot!

    • Patrick


  • Patrick

    Here is the thing. If this was a taxed profession in this state and the Governement was reaping benefits from the income. There would not be an issue. In countries where prositution is legal, rape and other sex crimes are almost non existent. Making these woman to be “victims” is also B.S. unless the “brothel” is condoning and or uses woman that are “traffic vitims” etc… It is the oldest profession in the book. Who cares if a guy is paying someone for sex or visa versa, dont we pay anyway? The Government and police in this area dont have more important things to do then bust people for having consensual sex with each other. Really, who was being hurt here, besides the people who found out about it too late and didn’t get to partake. It is absurd to think this is such a crime. And who are they “punishing” by announcing the names of the clients. What purpose is this other then to humiliate. I am so tired of hearing about these cases. Leave these people alone. Either they have consenual sex with someone for a couple hundred bills or they go crazy backed up with testosterone and hurt someone.

    • Jessica

      “If this was a taxed profession in this state and the Governement was reaping benefits from the income.”

      But it is not, ergo; it is still a crime. Until they make it legal, it is a crime no matter how you spin it. Simply put, she’s a whore. Seeing that she was relaying license plate information to her investigator/real estate agent partner suggest perhaps a little blackmail was forthcoming. I would also mention that she was receiving food stamps and housing as well while making (unreported) 150 grand. But I imagine you get the point.

      …”I am so tired of hearing about these cases.”
      Then why stop to read it? You sound like some tool who says, “I hate the Yankees/Fleetwood Mac/Dostoyevski/Notre Dame (fill in the blank)” then actually take the time to not only click on the story, then read it, and THEN taking additional time to write a post. Seriously? LOL…it you are so offended or against something next time just pass on by without stopping. I’d hate to hear you had a stroke bitchin’ & whinnin’ about something. Geeeshhhhhhh

  • Adam

    Filthy S L U T!!!

    • http://yahoo.com ball

      Like your woman!!!

      • me

        U mad Client #9?

      • t-dog

        Okay ball in mouth… That will be enough out or your richard sucker.

  • Scott

    New slogan if prostitution was legalized:

    “We will really make sure that your f##ked when you handover your tax dollars.”

    Government slogan: “Fucks for Bucks!”

  • Patrick

    It is a Bull shit crime that brings in revenue for the city when they bust one. Lawyers, Government etc… get involved and they are probably using some type of the same service. They need to use the police to go after real crime, not spend the cities money involved in a sting operation that I am sure used the tax payers money to get a piece of ass and bust this place. I am so tired of paying my public officials to crack down on a crime that is commited every time we take someone on a date. We pay for dinner, we pay for flowers, we pay for sex. No matter how you slice it we pay for it.

  • kings

    Something isn’t right here. All seemed to be fine with her moonlighting as a lady of easy virtue until she fell behind on her rent,maybe her landlord is a dissatisfied customer; he probably couldn’t get the full body workout/massage the studio advertized.

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