Every now and then we all have to let loose for a while, right? And why should Zumba® lovers be any different? Well, what better excuse than a national holiday, in this case... A chance to get a little creepy...
We spooked out a little early...
As promised, part of the Livin' The Vida Zumba® blog is all about the mischief we get up to in class, and our ladies were keen to get trick or treating Zumba® style...
Bringing out our evil side, we danced in the darkness with a little help from a few pumpkins to light up the dance floor. A big thanks to all who brought along their brilliantly carved pumpkins, a fantastic effort by everybody. Congratulations Sally for being voted the overall winner, who knew pumpkins could turn cannibalistic?
A rather haunting evening...
By the end of the evening, we had come the conclusion our hall is certainly haunted. With numerous ghostly goings on throughout the night more than a few of us had our knees knocking... Even Horace, our poor hanging skeleton had reached his terror limit, breaking free of his noose and collapsing to earth, rather fittingly during the introduction to Thriller. He obviously wanted to get his zombie on and dance with us.
I probably should have warned the class that the hall staff were preparing for a Halloween party the following night. It was an interesting reaction when the lovely gentleman lurked through the door behind me unannounced. The best blood-curdling scream goes too... Sorry Rachel! :D
Need a little inspiration?
Are you having your own party on this night of fear? Or are a fellow instructor looking for some different tunes for the witching hour? Take a look at our playlist and get in touch if you want the full description to find and use them for your own event.
2. Witch Doctor
3. Walk Like An Egyptian
4. Bad Romance
5. Time Warp
8. Bat Out Of Hell
10. The Purple People Eater
11. Little Shop Of Horrors
12. Harry Potter
13. Hero (everyone needs a hero to rescue them from the evil monsters, right?)
Even though we were all a little frightened, it was a fantastic night. Well done to all who took part, you were brilliantly disturbing dancers! Thank you to Debbie for sending us the photos she took before and after as our usual man with the camera had real work to do for the night.
Have a haunting Halloween folks!
What better way to start a Zumba® class blog than with the top tips straight from the instructor?
As the person standing at the front, making sure the class is OK, you start noticing people's little habits before and during class. So looking back at a few things I've seen and thought to myself while teaching, I've put together my top 5 tips for class... And they're probably not what you're expecting them to be...
Drum roll please, in reverse order...
5. Prepare For Class
Simple. And probably sounds obvious.
Come to class as you mean to go on, and you'll probably find you're more comfortable from the beginning and therefore willing to keep going. Get yourself kitted out with supportive clothes and shoes, and don't forget your drink or towel.
If you have an existing medical condition or are new to fitness then try checking with your doctor beforehand just to be on the safe side of life. Let your instructor know so they can help you modify to a level that suits you.
4. Find A Friend
Again simple. Drag a friend along with you and you're more likely to step into class for the first time. Make some friends while you're there and you're more likely to stay. In my experience those who are laughing and singing along with each other are working harder without really noticing. So buddy up and work it out!
Time to start getting more interesting...
3. Speak Your Mind
I want to know what you're thinking as the class is about you, not me!
If you don't think much of the music I'm playing, the moves are too easy or too hard or even if you've got some favorite music that you think would be a great track for class, then say it. Any feedback is appreciated. As with any business there's a whole world of background stuff going on that the customers probably aren't aware of, but rule number 1... Keep the client happy!
Without a class, we're going to be pretty bored and lonely salsa-ing on our own, so give us the not-so-subtle hint to help make the class the best it can be.
2. Leave Your Ego At The Door
Wait, what? I know, it's an odd thing to say. It's something said by the woman who inspired me to get into Zumba®. Not just in Zumba® but in any fitness class you see people looking around at what everyone else is doing. They might be thinking 'how am I ever going to look like that?' or 'surely they can work harder than that?', but either way forget about it...
When you stop judging the others in class, it becomes so much easier to stop judging yourself so you can let go and really get down to work. And hey, if you do catch someone looking over at you, smile, give a cheeky wink, shake your booty in their direction and carry on dancing. You never know, it might encourage them to do the same...
1. Stop Thinking, Just Move
OK, so there is a key difference between Zumba® and most other fitness classes. The instructors are trained not to talk, as it's meant to feel like a party not a hard-core fitness class with someone shouting at you. When we do talk it is to build atmosphere and correct technique that could put a person at risk of injury, and in both cases we address the class as a whole.
But, this has an odd side effect. There's usually someone who doesn't get the step straight away so stands there trying to work it out. If that's you, chances are the instructor is itching to say, don't worry about it, smile and just move! Think about this... What's going to burn more calories?
Standing still, staring blankly at the instructor. Or, smiling, flailing your arms, wiggling your behind and hoping for the best?
And ultimately... Sometimes an enthusiastic pelvic thrust with an interesting grunt is just so much more fun than a perfectly practiced Reggaeton Destroza. Go ahead. Ask for a demonstration at your next class. I dare you!
On that note,
I'm excited to introduce our new blog! Some of you regular class members might have smiled a little in recognition of the name, correct? Yes, I would like to thank my lovely ladies and gents who took part in the vote for naming our newsletter The Zumba Sparkle. It was a close run contest, and this was such a popular option I couldn't resist using it to name the blog. Anyway, let's get down to it...
What's Livin' The Vida Zumba About?
Basically, it's here so you can get to know all the things that I might not have time to tell you in class (we're there to dance, not for a lecture right?).
Sometimes it will be the fun stuff like...
Zumba With Alexandra class diaries. Why your Grandma should be strutting her stuff at Zumba Gold®. Dare I say, class bloopers...
Other times it will be a little more serious, such as...
How to prepare for class. Why dancing is good for depression. Why we say no judgement classes.
Or... Anything you guys are asking me for!
Our classes are tailored around the people who come along, so why not let you guys help shape the blog as well?!
When does it start?
Now! Today's was a little introduction, so our first blog entry will be posted tomorrow for all to read, comment and get involved. From there on in, they will be posted regularly both on the website and facebook. Happy chatting everybody!