First, a little background about Zumba.
Alberto “Beto” Perez is the dancer and choreographer who founded Zumba during the 1990’s. It was an attempt at making exercise fun, and it uses multiple dance forms. The dance forms include Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Mambo, Chachacha, Reggaeton, Samba, Belly dancing, Hip Hop, Tango, Bhangra, and Flamenco. It incorporates many different styles of music for the routines, such as Merenque, Reggaeton, and other international styles. After Beta’s Zumba class gained popularity, he joined Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion to trademark the Zumba brand name. Zumba classes are now offered globally.
When I first saw what Zumba “looked like” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf0q6qtThF4), I thought “Hm, maybe I should try this!” So I looked around on my Netflix thinking I was too cool to actually go to a class, and low and behold…Nothing! Then I looked to see what kind of cheap DVDs I could buy. No cheap DVDs. That was actually a year ago. I happened to have gotten pregnant shortly after that, and my Zumba adventure (if you can call it that) was at a standstill.
Now a year and a baby later, I picked up where I left off. Class time! So I started up my first gym membership and found out the class schedule. I was supposed to be going with my step-mother and two of our friends. It would have been their first Zumba attempt as well. But on class day, the two friends forgot and went to Bible study, and my step-mother had a fever and chills. Since I had already made plans for my husband to “babysit” the two kids, I decided to be bold and go by myself. So I trucked my lazy self through the pouring rain to the gym.
There were about 15 women there for the class. We all picked our places on the dance floor and started stretching. Of course, everyone decided to be bashful, so we were all packed in the backside of the room. The dance instructor, Holly, comes bounding in full of energy and pizazz and starts telling us about today’s class. Apparently, I chose the right day to start Zumba, because it was the first class on the month, which is when she starts new routines. I wouldn’t be the only one not knowing what I was doing. And there were mirrors everywhere! “Oh great,” I think. “Now I get to watch my clumsiness from a 360 degree view!”
So off we go! She turns on the music and starts barking out these impossible moves. Impossible for me anyways. I’m no dancer. Well, I mean I can go to the club and shake it like a salt shaker, but that’s not choreographed! That’s just me bouncing around with a drink in hand, convinced I’m the hottest mom out there, and that my Beyonce-sized butt has Sharika-like hip movements.
Holly has us do huge hip rolls, butt circles, sexy struts, salsa steps, cha cha cha’s, arm waving, and spins. I’m sure I looked like a maniac while trying to perform these magic tricks, but it was fun. By the time the class was over, the women had spread out to fill the entire room. There just wasn’t enough space to get our grooves on if we were all bunched together! Of course, there was an old lady who had been doing these classes for a while, and she barely messed up the new moves. She could probably outshine me at the club any day!
So, the conclusion of my Zumba story, I would definitely suggest these classes. They are fun, energetic, and calorie-burning! Plus, who couldn’t benefit from a little bit of dance time?