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: 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: 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!

Adela Zumbathon 05312014

Zumbathon to Benefit Ruff Start Animal Rescue – Saturday, March 22, 2014 in McGregor, MN

March 21st, 2014

Zumbathon to Benefit Ruff Start Animal Rescue

ruff_start_animal_rescue
Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm
McGregor Elementary School
148 S 2nd St
McGregor, MN 55760

Cost $10

Come shake that tail for a good cause! All proceeds from our Zumbathon benefit Ruff Start Rescue, which finds foster care for animals in shelters at risk of being euthanized and then places them in forever homes.  Great instructors (including me!), door prizes, and free snacks! You don’t want to miss this event!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information!

Master Class with Maria Elena Zapata-Sobojinski at Zstudio Duluth on Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 3rd, 2014

Don’t miss this 90-minute Zumba Master Class with Michigan Zumba instructor and Columbia-native, Maria Elena Zapata-Sobojinski at Zstudio Duluth on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4pm. The cost is $10 at the Zstudio door and all proceeds will go to the Gillette Children’s Hospital.

Maria Elena Zumba Master Class 1-4-2014

Zstudio Duluth Grand Re-opening and 2nd Anniversary Party – Friday, January 3, 2014

January 3rd, 2014

Two free hours of Zumba, along with food and drinks tonight, January 3, 2014 at Zstudio in Duluth, MN to celebrate the grand re-opening of the studio after renovations as well as the studio’s 2nd anniversary.

Free Zumba starts tonight at the newly renovated studio at 5:30pm. After 1 hour of free Zumba, eat, drink, and mingle with Zstudio owners, staff, and patrons from 6:30 to 7:30pm. More free Zumba follows from 7:30 to 8:30pm.

  • 5:30-6:30pm 1 hour of free Zumba with the Zstudio Zumba instructors
  • 6:30-7:30pm eat, drink, and mingle while you check out the Zstudio renovations and meet the studio owners, staff, and patrons
  • 7:30-8:30pm 1 hour of free Zumba with the Zstudio Zumba instructors

All are welcome and this event is free for all! If you’ve never been to Zstudio, stop by and try Zumba or simply support a growing local business and check out the newly renovated studio. We’d love to meet you!

Zstudio Duluth
116 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(across from Aces on 1st)

Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost. The magazine calls this new offering both names. Time will tell us the actual name of this shoe. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost as the Zumba shoe for the “laidback Zumba lover.” Zumba Fitness says “This style is for the woman who wants to dance for the longest amount of time without pushing herself too hard or compromising her form.”

This shoe has not been released yet, but this shoe seems to be designed for endurance and low-impact Zumba. This is a lightweight, mesh shoe that can transitions “straight from class to running errands.” If you have a pair of Energy Push or Energy Boost Zumba shoes, let us know what you think!

Zumba Energy Push Energy Boost Zumba Shoes

Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Impact Max Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Impact Max. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Impact Max as the Zumba shoe for the “everyday Zumba enthusiast.” Zumba Fitness says “The Impact is wonderful for the beginner to moderate-level Zumba fan who wants maximum comfort and style all while minimizing shock to your joints.”

This shoe has not been released yet, but the key feature of this shoe seems to be shock absorption. Zumba Fitness claims to have used “special Z-Compress Outsole Technology” to absorb shock, leather overlays to reinforce the toe and heel of the shoe, and Z-Brace to keep your foot from sliding in the shoe.

If you have a pair of Impact Max Zumba shoes, let us know what you think!

Zumba Impact Max Zumba Shoe

Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Flex Classic Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Flex Classic. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Flex Classic as the Zumba shoe for the “Zumba fanatic.” Zumba Fitness says “The Flex is specifically designed for the hardcore Zumba student who takes her workouts seriously, goes to class several times a week, and has a dance background.”

Why a dance background? This shoe has a split sole. This is a very important feature to consider when buying a Zumba shoe. Split sole athletic dance shoes are designed for flexibility, NOT impact/shock absorption. Split sole athletic dance shoes are NOT recommended for pronators or people with low, weak, or “fallen” arches or chronic foot pain or weakness. I wouldn’t recommend a split sole to anyone who does not have previous experience dancing on a regular basis in split sole athletic dance shoes.

Zumba Fitness does claim to have built-in “Z-Arch Technology” to reinforce the arch of the Zumba Flex Classic offering. Time will tell how Zumba lovers react to the Zumba Flex Classic. If you have a pair, let us know what you think!

Zumba Flex Classic Shoe