Gearing Up for World Cup 2014: La Copa de la Vide (Cup Of Life)

June 10th, 2014

World Cup 2014 is almost here and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

I will be incorporating World Cup-related music into my Zumba classes all World Cup long (June 12 – July 13, 2014). The fourth song I’m including is an oldie but a goodie from FIFA World Cup 1998 and it is La Copa de la Vide (Cup of Life) by Ricky Martin. This is the “Ricky Martin World Cup Song.” La Copa de la Vide is actually pre- “Living la Vida Loca” Ricky Martin. You’ll probably know it once you hear it, but you may not have known it was the official song of 1998 FIFA World Cup:

“Tú y yo
ale, ale, ale
Go, go, go
ale, ale, ale”

Or in the English version:

“Here we go
ale, ale, ale
Go, go, go
ale, ale, ale”

Do yourself a favor and watch Ricky’s sweet hips in this video and then incorporate La Copa de la Vide into your June and July Zumba playlists!

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Gearing Up for World Cup 2014: Wavin’ Flag

June 10th, 2014

World Cup 2014 is almost here and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

I will be incorporating World Cup-related music into my Zumba classes all World Cup long (June 12 – July 13, 2014). The third song I’m including is again from FIFA World Cup 2010 and it is Wavin’ Flag by K’naan. I know it as the “World Cup Flag Song.” The laid back beats of this song work best as a warm up or cool down. Check out the video if you like. The lyrics are very symbolic and inspirational as well:

Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, take me higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud

In the streets our heads are lifting, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration, it’s around us, every nations, all around us

Singing forever young, singing songs underneath that sun
Let’s rejoice in the beautiful game,
and together at the end of the day.
We all say,

[Chorus:]
When I get older
I will be stronger
They’ll call me ‘Freedom’
Just like a wavin’ flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes…

Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
But violent-prone, poor people zone,

But it’s my home, all I have known,
Where I got grown, streets we would roam

Out of the darkness, I came the farthest
Among the hardest survival
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak,
Accept no defeat, surrender retreat

[Bridge:]
So we strugglin’
Fightin’ to eat
And we wonderin’
When we’ll be free
So we patiently wait
For that fateful day
It’s not far away,
But for now we say:

[Chorus]

So many wars, settlin’ scores,
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor,

I heard them say, love is the way
Love is the answer, that’s what they say

But look how they treat us, make us believers
We fight their battles, then they deceive us

Try to control us, they couldn’t hold us
‘Cause we just move forward like Buffalo soldiers

[Bridge]
[Chorus]

KNAAN Wavin Flag

Gearing up for World Cup 2014: Anderlecht Champions (Euro 2000 Ole Ole Mix)

June 4th, 2014

World Cup 2014 is almost here and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

I will be incorporating World Cup-related music into my Zumba classes all World Cup long (June 12 – July 13, 2014). The second song I’m including is from Zumba Fitness Mega Mix Volume 29: Anderlecht Champions Euro 2000 Ole Ole Mix by Eurostars. You will most definitely recognize the catchy lyrics: Ole Ole Ole Ole, We are the Champs, We are the Champs… Just try not to sing-a-long!

Zumba Fitness intended this song to be a warm up for Zumba instructors, but my choreography is quite the opposite. Using my dance team background, I choreographed a kickline routine for this song complete with fan kicks and Frenchy/Nelly/Can Can/hinge kicks. Of course, I give the options of low or high kicks to keep the choreography friendly for participants of all levels!

Here is a group from Macclesfield, UK who also used Anderlecht Champions (Euro 2000 Ole Ole Mix) as a kick routine for Zumba. Enjoy!

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brasil

Gearing up for World Cup 2014: Waka Waka

June 4th, 2014

World Cup 2014 is almost here and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

I will be incorporating World Cup-related music into my Zumba classes all World Cup long (June 12 – July 13, 2014). Here’s the first and most obvious: Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira. It was the official song of FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

If you haven’t already used Waka Waka in your Zumba classes, time to choreograph a routine! (Watch the video below, and half your choreography is done!)

If you retired Waka Waka from your Zumba playlist, time to bring it out of retirement!

Do yourself a favor and watch the video, again! (Shakira’s beloved, Gerard Piqué of Spain, is the first footballer featured… Awww!)

Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song) on YouTube

Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song) Vevo video

Zumbathon to Benefit Adela Cufre-Alvarez, MN Zumba Instructor Who Lost Leg to Amputation, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at The Rink in Monticello, MN

May 20th, 2014

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page for the Zumbathon Charity Event to benefit Adela Cufre-Alvarez, a Minnesota Zumba instructor who lost a leg to infection after going into cardiac arrest while instructing a Zumba class. Please share and consider going if you are in the Twin Cities metro area.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1413982632209230/

If you can’t attend, please consider donating towards Adela’s medical expenses for a athletic prosthetic leg and rehabilitation that will allow her to return to teaching Zumba classes. Thank you for sharing the Zumba love!

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Minnesota Zumba Instructor Loses Leg – Help a Sister Out

April 30th, 2014

In January 2014, a Zumba instructor in Rogers, Minnesota, Adela Alverez collapsed during a Zumba class. She had gone into cardiac arrest. When she awoke from sedation several weeks later, she discovered her leg had been amputated due to infection.

As a physical therapy student as well as Zumba instructor, this story hits home to me. Please consider donating to Ms. Alverez’s Go Fund Me page to help her cover medical costs including a prosthetic leg so that she can begin the long recovery process and hopefully teach Zumba again soon!

Adela Alverez’s gofundme page http://www.gofundme.com/helpadela

Related news story Zumba Teacher Trying To Get Back In The Gym After Losing Leg

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They’re Back – Zumba Shoes are Back in Stock

April 16th, 2014

It’s common knowledge Zumba shoes from Zumba Fitness sell out on a regular basis. I received notice by email today that Zumba shoes are back in stock in the Zumba shop. Good luck!Zumba Shoes Are Back 4_16_2014

Zumba Shoes From Zumba Fitness Now Available on Zappos

April 11th, 2014

I search Zappos for “women’s Zumba shoes” and look what came up!!! Zumba Energy Push low tops, Energy Push high tops, Flex Classic low tops, Flex Classic high tops, and Impact Max low tops are currently available in a variety of colors on Zappos. I have never owned a brand of Zumba Fitness athletic shoes, but I do know they sell out fast – especially the high tops! Get them while you can! Good luck!

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Embarrassing Zumba Instructor Moment #2 – I Split My Pants!

March 21st, 2014

It was the third to the last song of class, Call on Me by Eric Prydz. I use it as a toning/abdominal and gluteal song.

As I squatted down, like we do many times during the song, I felt a strange shift in the fabric of my pants. As the song went on, I occasionally felt a cool draft on my bottom from the fan in the back of the room. I scanned the faces of the participants behind me. No one seemed to notice anything odd happening at the back of my pants, but I knew what had happened. I had split my pants!

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After Call on Me, it was time to cool down. As I walked over to lower the music volume for the cool down, I casually checked my rear view in the mirror. I couldn’t see or feel anything out of the usual. I led the cool down as usual, but I avoided an positions where my behind was exposed or up in the air.

After class, I went into the instructor lounge. With further inspection, I found the split: My cotton exercise pants had a 2 inch split on one side of the seam at the back of my pants, and a 1 inch split on the other side. At one area low in the bottom/crotch of my pants, my pants were holding on my the seam!

This was a first for me! I have never split my pants during a group fitness class before.

What I learned:

I guess exercise clothing has an expiration date. Check your clothes for thinning areas or weak seam before wearing them to class – especially in the bottom before doing squats!

I hope my embarrassing Zumba instructor moment can help you too! Feel free to share your embarrassing Zumba instructor moments and how you recovered in the comments below!

Embarrassing Zumba Instructor Moment #1 – My iPod Won’t Work!

March 21st, 2014

It was a day like any other: I set my playlist, synced my iPod, and drove to the studio. Everything was fine. Or so I thought.

At the studio, I connected my iPod nano and… nothing. No lights. No sound. Nothing.

I connected and disconnected. I pressed the Power button over and over. I checked the Hold button several times. Still nothing.

My iPod won’t work! What am I going to do!??!

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Fortunately, I had a regular in class who downloads a lot of the music she hears in my Zumba classes. We hooked up her phone to the audio system and went through the songs she had from my classes in order. Unfortunately, the songs with explicit lyrics were not the edited versions and the class got an earful.

What I did I learn?

1. I learned Zumba lovers are very patient and kind when faced with a Zumba instructor crisis. One of my regulars saved my a$$!

2. I learned to have a backup plan! Zstudio now keeps an extra music player full of Zumba music at the studio for emergencies.

3. I learned how to reset an iPod nano! It is easy. Just hold the Menu button and the Center button for 10 seconds. The Apple logo appeared on the screen and I was able to use my iPod again and it’s been working ever since.

I hope my embarrassing Zumba instructor moment can help you too! Feel free to share your embarrassing Zumba instructor moments and how you recovered in t the comments below!