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!

Ricky Martin FIFA soccer ball

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

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!??!

green ipod nano

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!

Classical MPR’s Classical Playlist for Yoga

February 13th, 2014

I love using classical music for yoga and Pilates classes. Here is a classical playlist for yoga found on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) Music for Living playlists.

Classical Playlist for Yoga
by Steve Staruch, Minnesota Public Radio

Andrzej Panufnik: Hommage a Chopin (Andantino)

JS Bach: Sarabande from French Suite No. 5

John Tavener: Come and Do Your Will in Me

Andrew York: Pacific Coast Highway

Arvo Part: Mirror in the Mirror

John Dowland: Pavana

Jacopo Peri: Un di Soleto

Sergio Assad: Jobiniana No 1 (for Shivasana)

Astor Piazolla: Soledad

Rencsi.com’s Best of 2013 Zumba Playlist

December 20th, 2013

Here’s a list of songs that were not necessarily new in 2013, but they were new to my Zumba classes in 2013. Happy New Year and enjoy!

Go Girl (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Pitbull

Wild One (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Flo Rida

Applause (Warm Up/Pop)
Lady Gaga

Rabiosa (Merengue)
Shakira

Cha Cha (Swing/Salsa)
Chelo

Dance Bailalo (Samba/Axe)
Kat DeLuna

Lo Que No Sabes Tu (Merengue)
Chico Y Nacho ft. El Potro Alvarez

Bongo Bong (Salsa)
Manu Chao

La Mujer Perfecta (Merengue)
Toby Love ft. El Porto Alvarez

Ven Conmigo (Cha Cha)
Daddy Yankee ft. Prince Royce

Church (Hip Hop)
T-Pain ft. Teddy Verseti

Pumps and a Bump (Hip Hop)
MC Hammer

Save the Last Dance for Me (Cha Cha)
Michael Bublé

Pull Up (Abs/Reggaeton)
Mr. Vegas ft. Pitbull & Lil Jon

Call On Me (Abs/Toning)
Eric Prydz

Purple Rain (Cool Down/Pop)
Prince

Nice and Slow (Cool Down/Pop)
Usher

Christmas song about Maria and a Bird With a Broken Wing?

December 3rd, 2013

One of my most popular posts has helped people find the name of the Christmas song about “a poor orphan girl named Maria” and “a bird with a broken wing” since 2008. The final lyrics to the song explain that the song this bird sang at the manger on Christmas Eve was the “very first nightingale’s song.”

This Christmas song is called The Gift. It was written by Stephanie Davis. The song was recorded and made popular by Garth Brooks and was also recorded by Aselin Debison. Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

Mexican Church Manger

The Gift
Stephanie Davis

A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for a rest by the roadside
Where a bird with a broken wing lay
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
But soon clean and wrapped it was traveling
In the warmth of Maria’s small hand

She happily gave her last peso
On a cage made of rushes and twine
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time

Now the Christmas Eve service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the townfolks brought presents
To lay by the manger that night
There were diamonds and incense and perfumes
In packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring

She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt by the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him

Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
Maria, what brings you to me?
If the bird in the cage is your offering
Open the door and let me see
Though she trembled, she did as He asked her
And out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters
On a wing that had healed good as new

Just then the midnight bells rang out
And the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture
Whose beauty was fit for a king

Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To that cascade of notes sweet and long
As her offerings was lifted to Heaven
By the very first nightingale’s song

May 2013 Zumba Playlist

May 17th, 2013

It’s been awhile since I posted a playlist. I’ve been using some combination of the below lately. Enjoy!

Go Girl (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Pitbull

(Muncho Mambo) Sway (Warm Up/Cha Cha)
Shaft

Wild One (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Flo Rida

Rabiosa (Merengue)
Shakira

Cha Cha (Swing/Salsa)
Chelo

Dance Bailalo (Samba/Axe)
Kat DeLuna

Lo Que No Sabes Tu (Merengue)
Chico Y Nacho ft. El Potro Alvarez
One of my new favorites!

Church (Hip Hop)
T-Pain ft. Teddy Verseti
One of my new favorites!

Ven Conmigo (Cha Cha)
Daddy Yankee ft. Prince Royce

Gordita (Reggaeton)
Shakira ft. Residente Calle 13

Pumps and a Bump (Hip Hop)
MC Hammer
Class favorite!

Pull Up (Abs/Reggaeton)
Mr. Vegas ft. Pitbull & Lil Jon

Call On Me (Abs/Toning)
Eric Prydz

Promise (Bachata)
Romeo Santos ft. Usher

Save the Last Dance for Me (Cha Cha)
Michael Buble

Young Girls (Cool Down)
Bruno Mars

Sail (Cool Down/Rock)
AWOLNATION

Take a Bow (Cool Down)
Madonna

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Ripped Off George Michael’s Too Funky Video

December 7th, 2012

Look familiar? It’s clear to me that the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show completely ripped off George Michael’s “Too Funky” video. Unless they came up with the whole “girl-wearing-handlebars” idea themselves? I doubt it. Did anyone else make the connection?

George Michael | Too Funky 1992

too funky handle bar small

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2012

victorias secret fashion show bike

Chinese Pop Music for Zumba – Happy Chinese New Year!

January 22nd, 2012

The Chinese New Year is upon us! The Year of the Water Dragon starts Monday, January 23, 2012. How about some Chinese pop music for your Zumba classes to celebrate this new beginning?!?

One of the benefits of teaching Zumba at a large American state university is the large number of international students. Here are some Chinese artists that were recommended to me by Chinese grad students studying abroad who take my Zumba classes. My personal favorite is Jolin Tsai. Enjoy!

Aaron Kwok – Just Move, Para Para Sakura

Coco Lee – Hip Hop Tonight, No Doubt, Real Lover

Jay Chou – My Zone

Jolin Tsai – Oh! Oh!, Honey Trap, Dancing Diva, 36 Ideas of Love

Penny Tai – Cinderella

Sammi Cheng – Enrapture, One and Only

Stefanie Sun – Green Light, Be Straightforward, Running

Wilber Pan – Happy Worship

2012 year of the dragon