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.


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

March 21st, 2014

Zumbathon to Benefit 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!

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

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.

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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)

Mingle and Jingle Christmas Party at Zstudio in Duluth, Minnesota

December 16th, 2013

The owners, instructors, and staff of Zstudio in the Zenith City of Duluth, Minnesota would like to invite you to our annual Mingle and Jingle Christmas party this Friday, December 20, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

This holiday event is open and free to everyone!

From 5:30 to 6:30pm, join us to eat, drink, and be merry. Mix, mingle, and get a sneak preview of the renovations happening over the holiday break.

From 6:30 to 7:30pm join us for one-hour class made up of the fitness classes offered at Zstudio.

Zstudio is located at 116 W 1st Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802. For more information, visit the Mingle and Jingle Facebook event page.


How much Zumba does it take to burn off Thanksgiving dinner?

November 27th, 2013

How many calories does Zumba burn? In my informal calculations, I have estimated that Zumba burns approximately 10 calories every 10 minutes. Now, it’s important to remember that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT so you may burn more or less than 10 calories every 10 minutes by doing Zumba.

How many calories does the average American eat during Thanksgiving dinner. Well, according to one graphic I found on the internet (see below), someone estimated 1330 calories in an typical Thanksgiving dinner.  That’s over half the amount of calories that average American female is advised to consume in an entire day. If it is true that Thanksgiving dinner consists of 1330 calories, it would take 133 minutes or 2 hours and 13 minutes of Zumba to burn off Thanksgiving dinner.

What’s the point? Choose what you eat wisely! Many Zumba studios, like Zstudio in Duluth, Minnesota for example, offer after Thankgiving “Turkey Burn” Zumba classes which is an extra long Zumba class offered to help you maintain your weight through extra calories of the holidays. Check with your favorite local studio to find out if they offer an after Thanksgiving Turkey Burn Zumba class.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Together We Dance to Cure ALS 2013 Zumbathon in Duluth, Minnesota

October 21st, 2013

Together We Dance to Cure ALS! Join us for a Zumbathon charity event benefiting MDA’s Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Here are the details:


  • Who? You, me, and other Zumba lovers who want to contribute to a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • What? Together We Dance to Cure ALS Zumbathon Charity Event 2013 in Duluth, Minnesota
  • When? Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2:30-5:30
  • Where? Clyde Iron Works, hosted by Zstudio, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806
  • Why? ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive motor neuron disease that causes loss of voluntary muscle control, function, and movement.
  • How much? $15 in advance or for Zstudio members, $20 at the door, $10 for ZIN members

Hope to see you there!

McGregor, Minnesota Zumba Party in Pink 2013 – Rally for Breast Cancer Prevention

October 21st, 2013

Yours truly is going to be a part of a Zumba Party in Pink in McGregor, Minnesota. Here are the details:pip-img-header

  • Who? You, me, and other Zumba lovers who hate breast cancer!
  • What? Zumba Party in Pink Rally for Breast Cancer Prevention
  • When? Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 1-3pm
  • Where? McGregor Elementary School Gym, 148 S 2nd St, McGregor, MN 55720
  • Why? All proceeds go to the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention, in collaboration with the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • How Much: $10 per person

Hope to see you there for a good cause!