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

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!

Complete Zumba Playlist – January to April 2011

May 4th, 2011

Warm Ups
Asereje – Ketchup (Latin Hip Hop)
Buttons – The Pussycat Dolls (Hip Hop)
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida (Hip Hop)
Dame Un Tiempo Mas – Zumba Fitness (Cumbia)
Disturbia – Rhianna (Latin Hip Hop)
Don’t Matter – Akon (Latin Hip Hop/Calypso Remix)
Here Comes My Baby – The Mavericks (Salsa)
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas (Hip Hop)
La Bamba – Los Lobos (Salsa)
La Bamba – Wyclef Jean (Latin Hip Hop/Reggaeton)
La Cucaracha – Kumbia Kings (Latin Hip Hop)
Loba – Shakira (Latin Hip Hop)
Mambo Italiano – Wiseguy Orchestra (Mambo)
Obsesion – Aventura (Bachata)
Pa’ Mayte – Zumba Fitness (Calypso)
Solo Se Vive Una Vez – Zumba Fitness (Salsa)
Telephone – Lady Gaga (Pop)
Zorba – Zumba Fitness (Greek Traditional)

Cool Downs
Angel – Jon Secada (Pop)
Body Language – Jesse McCartney (Pop)
Banana Boat (Da-O) – Harry Belafonte (Calypso)
Drive – Ziggy Marley (Reggae)
Every Breath You Take – UB-40 (Reggae)
In Heaven – Da’Ville (Reggae)
La Isla Bonita – Madonna (Pop)
Love Song – 311 (Reggae)
Maria Maria – Santana Ft. The Product G&B (Pop)
Save the Last Dance for Me – Michael Buble (Cha Cha)
Slave to Love – Elan Atias (Reggae)
Stand By Me – Prince Royce (Bachata)
Take Me Home – Toots & the Maytals (Reggae)
The Tide is High – Blondie (Reggae)
Vida Loca – Zumba Fitness/Francisco Cespedes (Latin Pop)

Interval Workout
African Beats – Zumba Fitness (African Rhythms)
Rain Dance – The Very Best Feat. M.I.A. (African Rhythms)
Waka Waka (Por Estos Aftrica) – Shakira (Latin Hip Hop/African Rhythms)
Te Extrano – Xtreme (Bachata)
Boro Boro – Zumba Fitness (Bhangra)
Chaiyya Chaiyaa – A.R. Rahman (Bollywood)
Kiss Kiss – Zumba Fitness (Bhangra)
Mundian Te Bach Ke – Panjabi MC (Bhangra)
Tigy Tigy – Zumba Fitness (Bhangra/Reggaeton)Baila Pa Emociona – Zumba Fitness (Calypso)
Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte (Calypso)
I Need to Know – Zumba Fitness (Cha Cha)
Baila Esta Cumbia – Selena (Cumbia)
Cumbia Arabe – Zumba Fitness (Belly Dance/Cumbia)
Gordita – Shakira (Cumbia/Reggaeton)
La Negra Tomasa – DJ Kane (Cumbia)
Mil Horas – Zumba Fitness (Cumbia)
Muevelo – Los Super Reyes (Cumbia)
Calabria – Rune – (Latin Hip Hop)
Do It To It – Cherish (Hip Hop ABS)
Evacuate the Dance Floor – Cascada (Pop)
Krazy – Pitbull Feat. Lil Jon (Latin Hip Hop)
Lean Like a Cholo – Down AKA Kilo (Latin Hip Hop ABS)
Na De Na – Angel & Kriz (Latin Hip Hop)
Pam Pam – Wisin & Yandel (Latin Hip Hop)
Que Te Pica – Notch (Latin Hip Hop)
Rompe – Daddy Yankee (Latin Hip Hop)
Shake – Ying Yang Twins Feat. Pitbull (Hip Hop)
A La Nena Le Gusta – Zumba Fitness (Merengue)
Ca Plan Por Moi – Plastic Bertrand (French Merengue)
La Morena – Zumba Fitness (Merengue)
Pegate – Zumba Fitness/Grupo Treo (Merengue)
Suavemente – Elvis Crespo (Merengue)
Vete – Zumba Fitness/Los Primeros (Merengue)
Hava Nagila – Zumba Fitness (Hebrew Folk)
Kalinka – Yamboo (Russian Pop)
Pa Pa Americano – DJ Kiky (Italian Pop)
Stereo Love – Edward Maya Ft. Vika Jigulina (Romania Pop)
Ritmo Caliente – Zumba Fitness (Quebradita)
ZuBailaito – Zumba Fitness (Quebradita)
Baile Del Pescao – Zumba Fitness (Reggaeton)
Hella Decale – Zumba Fitness/DJ Mam’s (French Reggaeton)
Oye – Zumba Fitness/Mara (Reggaeton)
She’s Hotter – Zumba Fitness/Pitbull (Reggaeton)
Ana Mile – Zumba Fitness (Salsa)
Dance the Night Away – The Mavericks (Salsa/Cha Cha)
La Agarro Bajando – Zumba Fitness (Salsa)
La Vida Es Un Carnaval – Zumba Fitness/Celia Cruz (Salsa)
Loca – Shakira (Salsa/Belly Dance)
Salome – Zumba Fitness (Salsa)
Danca Da Maozinha – Zumba Fitness (Samba)
Danza Kuduro – Don Omar (Samba/Latin Hip Hop)
Mueve La Cadera – Zumba Fitness (Samba/Cumbia)

Zumba Playlists November 2010

December 22nd, 2010

Time flies! Here are songs from my November 2010 playlists. Enjoy!

Latin Ritual (Latin Percussion / Warm Up)
Zumba Fitness Warm Up / Cool Down Volume 2
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Vem Vet (Swedish Jazz / Warm Up)
Lisa Ekdahl
Choreography by Rencsi

Club Can’t Handle Me (Pop / Warm Up)
Flo Rida
Choreography by Rencsi

Papa Americano (We No Speak Americano) (Italian Pop / Warm Up)
DJ Kiky
Choreography by Rencsi

Suavemente (Merengue)
Elvis Crespo
Choreography by Rencsi

Que Te Pica (Reggaeton)
Notch
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

Mundian Du Bach Ke (Bhangra)
Panjabi MC
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba Fitness with Bradley

Ritmo Caliente (Quebradita w/HIGH KICKS)
Zumba ZIN 22
Choreography by Rencsi (includes optional high kicks, my former dancers & dance teamers LOVE this song!)

Mil Horas (Cumbia)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Waka Waka (Latin Pop)
Shakira
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Shakira

Danca Da Maozinha (Axe)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

El Baile Del Pescao (Reggaeton)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Kalinka (Russian Folk / Pop)
Yamboo
Choreography by Rencsi

Te Extrano (Bachata)
X-Treme
Choreography by Rencsi

Calabria (Latin Hip Hop)
Enur Featuring Natashja
Choreography by Rencsi

Loca (Latin Pop)
Shakira
Choreography by Rencsi, inspired by Shakira

Stereo Love (Romanian Pop)
Edward Maya Featuring Vika Jigulina
Choreography by Rencsi

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

Vida Loca (Pop Ballad / Cool Down)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Mega Mix 19
Choreography by Rencsi

Zumba Playlists October 2010

November 15th, 2010

Papa Americano (We No Speak Americano) (Italian Pop / Warm Up)
DJ Kiky
Choreography by Rencsi

Club Can’t Handle Me (Pop / Warm Up)
Flo Rida
Choreography by Rencsi

Pam Pam (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Wisin Y Yandal
Choreography by Rencsi

Mundian Du Bach Ke (Bhangra)
Panjabi MC
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba Fitness with Bradley

Mil Horas (Cumbia)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Waka Waka (Latin Pop)
Shakira
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Shakira

Danca Da Maozinha (Axe)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

El Baile Del Pescao (Reggaeton)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Kalinka (Russian Folk / Pop)
Yamboo
Choreography by Rencsi

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

Te Extrano (Bachata)
X-Treme
Choreography by Rencsi

Calabria (Latin Hip Hop)
Enur Featuring Natashja
Choreography by Rencsi

Dance the Night Away (Salsa)
The Mavericks
Choreography by Rencsi

Vida Loca (Pop Ballad / Cool Down)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Mega Mix 19
Choreography by Rencsi

Zumba Playlists September 2010

October 4th, 2010

It’s my one year anniversary of posting my Zumba playlists monthly! \*0*/

As I’ve mentioned before, I try to add one or two new songs each week. That doesn’t always happen, but if I can’t add a new song, I bring back songs we haven’t done in awhile to keep things fresh. I try to have two playlists going at any given time so if participants can make it to class multiple times per week, I can mix it up for them.

Enjoy!

La Bamba (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Wyclef Jean
Choreography by Rencsi

Disturbia (Pop / Warm Up)
Rihanna
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba with Renee

Pam Pam (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Wisin Y Yandal
Choreography by Rencsi

Mundian Du Bach Ke (Bhangra)
Panjabi MC
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba Fitness with Bradley

Hot Hot Hot (Merengue)
Buster Poindexter
Choreography by Rencsi

Mil Horas (Cumbia)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Waka Waka (Latin Pop)
Shakira
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Shakira

Danca Da Maozinha (Axe)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

El Baile Del Pescao (Reggaeton)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Kalinka (Russian Folk / Pop)
Yamboo
Choreography by Rencsi

Papa Loves Mambo (Mambo)
Bing Crosby
Choreography by Rencsi

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

Te Extrano (Bachata)
X-Treme
Choreography by Rencsi

Rain Dance (African Rhythms / Hip Hop)
The Very Best Featuring M.I.A
Choreography by Rencsi

Body Language (Pop / Cool Down)
Jesse McCartney
Choreography by Rencsi

August Zumba Playlist

September 2nd, 2010

I’m so proud: Next month (September 2010), I will have been posting my Zumba playlists for one year.

I try to add one or two new songs per week, but that doesn’t always happen. There are two songs that I am still using one whole year later and they are warm ups. I’ve tried to retire them, but as soon as they disappear, someone asks for them back. I guess they’re here to stay…

Asejeré (Latin Pop / Warm Up)
Las Ketchup
Choreography by Rencsi

Disturbia (Pop / Warm Up)
Rihanna
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba with Renee

La Bamba (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Wyclef Jean
Choreography by Rencsi

Mil Horas (Cumbia)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Waka Waka (Latin Pop)
Shakira
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Shakira

Danca Da Maozinha (Axe)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

I Need to Know (Cha Cha)
Zumba ZIN 25
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba Fitness

El Baile Del Pescao (Reggaeton)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

A La Nena Le Gusta (Merengue)
Zumba ZIN 24
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Boro Boro (Belly Dance)
Zumba ZIN 22
Choreography by Rencsi

Kalinka (Russian Folk / Pop)
Yamboo
Choreography by Rencsi

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

Te Extrano (Bachata)
X-Treme
Choreography by Rencsi

Take Me Home Country Roads (Reggaeton / Cool Down)
Toots & the Maytals
Choreography by Rencsi

July Zumba Playlist

August 14th, 2010

Taking a cue from Zumba with Alena, I am now sharing links to choreography or the choreography that inspired my own choreography when available. Enjoy! (Sorry, I don’t post any videos of my own choreography… yet.

Startin’ Somethin’ (Pop / Warm Up)
Michael Jackson
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by CarlyandJanelleZumba

Disturbia (Pop / Warm Up)
Rihanna
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba with Renee

La Bamba (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Wyclef Jean
Choreography by Rencsi

Waka Waka (Latin Pop)
Shakira
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Shakira

Suavemente (Merengue)
Elvis Crespo
Choreography by Rencsi

Que Te Pica (Reggaeton)
Notch
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

La Agarro Bajando (Salsa)
Zumba Megamix 4
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Mary Pirela

Shake (Latin Hip Hop)
Ying Yang Twins Featuring Pitbull
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

Boro Boro (Bollywood)
Zumba ZIN 22
Choreography by Rencsi

Kalinka (Russian Folk / Pop)
Yamboo
Choreography by Rencsi

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

La Negra Tomasa (Cumbia)
DJ Kane
Choreography by Rencsi

Te Extrano (Bachata)
X-Treme
Choreography by Rencsi

Take Me Home Country Roads (Reggaeton / Cool Down)
Toots & the Maytals
Choreography by Rencsi

June Zumba Music Playlist

July 10th, 2010

It’s finally July! I love July! Here are some of my June Zumba songs. Enjoy! And enjoy July!

Zorba (Greek / Warm Up)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 24
* Warning: For the first time ever, I actually had a participant yell out, “I HATE THIS SONG!” during this warm up. I think she was referring to the choreography that gets faster and faster… Personally, I like it!

La Cucaracha (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Kumbia Kings
* Warning: This song contains the word “marijuana.”

Buttons (Pop / Warm Up)
Pussycat Dolls

Telephone (Pop / Warm Up)
Lady Gaga

Krazy (Hip Hop)
Pitbull Featuring LiL Jon

Suavemente (Merengue)
Elvis Crespo

Que Te Pica (Reggaeton)
Notch

Zu Bailaito MIX (Quebradita)
ZIN Bonus Download

La Agarro Bajando (Salsa)
Zumba Megamix 4

Boro Boro (Belly Dance)
Zumba ZIN 22

I Need to Know (Cha Cha)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Volume 25

Rain Dance (African)
The Very Best Featuring M.I.A.

Evacuate the Dance Floor (Pop)
Cascada

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo

La Negra Tomasa (Cumbia)
DJ Kane

Te Extrano (Bachata)
X-Treme

Body Language (Pop / Cool Down)
Jesse McCartney