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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Room to MOVE! Classes now in the gym.

I don't know why we waited so long. After 90+ people this week, we finally decided for safety reasons we had to move the Tuesday/Thursday class to the gym. We worried about sound, we worried about fans, but in the end, the risk of getting smacked in the head by a fellow dancer was the most important factor. Limiting the size of the class was the other option and no one wants to do that!

It turns out, it was AWESOME! The sound was fine, and opening the gym doors helped cool things off quite a bit. We'll try to get some fans to blow the air around.

I, for one, loved it! If you've been away for awhile, it's time to join us! Plenty of room! And the energy from the class was great! They were all smiles.

Not sure about Saturday classes, yet.

This is REALLY good advice.

With my "survey" last week on the things you hear people say about their bodies, I hope we've all realized that we are SIGNIFICANTLY INFLUENCED by other people more than we notice. We need to choose which voices we listen to and start thinking more proactively and positively, instead of just reacting to the negativity. So a really smart lady in my Zumba Gold class sent me this picture that pretty much sums it all up. LOVE IT!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Don't forget to Dance!

Yep, there's things you just gotta do. Might as well make them fun.

Here's what I noticed: Though the music is the same, everyone danced with their own style. And you know what? It's ALL great!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Zumbaversary Celebration!

Friday the 13th. 

April 13.

Blacklight Zumba Party!


I want to celebrate my Zumbaversary with all of you! Well, about 50 of you. I have rented the studio at SCERA and have arranged to have BLACKLIGHTS to make it really fun! I can't wait!

It's true there is no charge, but I would love if you could bring a donation to SCERA. SCERA is a non-profit organization providing good quality productions for the community at a very reasonable price. They have family friendly movies showing all the time, and summer movie series for kids at a rock-bottom rate. They have all kinds of classes for everything from film production to ballroom dance (taught by fellow Zumba enthusiast, Shawn Mortensen). 

Please, hear me out:

When my daughters were in the elementary school plays I first thought it was a lot of work and was a little over the top. But I volunteered to take backstage footage and make a video for all the cast to keep. While I was backstage (a lot) I saw what that production did for those kids. They had gained confidence, friendships, and had learned to work hard together. I even saw a group of them walking together with elbows linked, singing at the top of their lungs, "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!" Can you believe? Not a silly teeny-bopper song. I was sold on the value of theater for both the audience and the production team. 

So, sometimes we only think of charities as giving out food and clothing to those in need. Those are important, but I hope you'll consider the charity of SCERA as one that proactively builds strong and capable citizens for our community by the work they do. And it is SO nice for my family to go see their productions and have a great time together--affordably. Check them out at www.scera.org.

Currently, the wood floor in the studio is badly in need of refinishing. I'd love to help them get that done. If you know of someone who would be willing to donate materials, time or labor to this project please call the SCERA: 801-225-ARTS and ask for April.

Please bring a donation for SCERA to the AWESOME FUN BLACKLIGHT ZUMBA PARTY on Friday, April 13th. All of your donations are tax-deductible. If you bring a check, make it out directly to SCERA.

And I'm worried about running out of space, so email me if you plan to come! And everyone will need to have a signed waiver. If you could print this out and bring it with you, it would save a lot of time when everyone arrives. Thanks!

The party will be 8-9:30 p.m. Woo hoo!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Zumbaversary is Coming! This means fun for YOU!

I first got the courage to try Zumba on April 14, of 2009. I was under a lot of stress and needed the outlet. I was so nervous of what people would think of me trying to dance those latin dances. The teacher, Melissa, asked at the beginning, "is anyone here for the first time?" and I was instantly put at ease because I realized it was okay if I was new.

I did get lost a few times. But I had SO MUCH FUN! I made it a priority to keep going because it brought a ray of joy to my life when I needed it.*

I have celebrated this "Zumbaversary" each year since to remember the good it did for me, and for what I am now able to do for others. It helps me remember what it's like for the new person. I'm teaching the morning of April 14, at 9am. I want to extend a special invitation for anyone who has never tried Zumba. It would mean a lot to me to introduce you to the fun of Zumba on my Zumbaversary! I'll try extra hard that day to make it first-time-user-friendly.

ALSO, I'm working on celebrating my Zumbaversary in a super fun way with all of you that have been coming to my classes already. Stay tuned for details. Until then... share with me what your first time in a Zumba class was like, and what is it that keeps you still coming. Send me an email or post your comments below.

Thank you for being a part of my class. I really am so happy that we can share the fun together.

*read more about my first time in Zumba here.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Be Happy! Here's how:

Winter gets me down a bit. You, too?

I thought this was a great article. Pick one item and make a little change. Let me know how it works for you.