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Maine Zumba prostitution case: Maine fitness studios deal with fallout

People in the upscale Maine beach town of Kennebunk are waiting anxiously as police prepare to release the names of clients of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright who also allegedly worked as a prostitute. (Oct. 11)

Zumba instructors around Maine say allegations of prostitution at a Kennebunk Zumba studio have given their businesses a bad name, but they are trying to deal with the fallout with humor.

Kristin Sutton, general manager of the Avant Dance Center in Westbrook, says she wants people to know that Zumba is simply a fun way to keep fit.

She tells WGME-TV she's been taking a ribbing lately from family and friends, so she put up a sign outside her studio saying "No Really... It's Just Zumba."

Alexis Wright of Wells, an instructor at the Kennebunk studio, has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution and other charges. Her alleged business partner, insurance agent Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston, pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor counts.

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