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: 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

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

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

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

Pop Music for Yoga

October 5th, 2011

I love movie soundtracks, yoga, and Pilates.

Inspired by the mellow “About Her” Malcolm Mclaren version of The Zombies “She’s Not There”  on the Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack and the instrumental cover of “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by the The Smiths in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off I am looking for popular music covered in a yoga-class appropriate style for the yoga class I teach once a week.

I know some yogis would frown upon this, and I want to be clear that I am not a professional yogi. I teach a free yoga-Pilates-stretching hybrid class once a week for 45-minutes. It is in a group fitness studio in a busy college wellness center so I like to use music to try to create a yoga-like atmosphere.

In my search, I came across the Yoga Pop Ups on Amazon.com. I like the concept, but not the music. You can download music to yoga to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Morrissey and The Smiths, Sublime, Jimmy Buffet, Journey, Lady Gaga, and Mötley Crüe to name a few. Mötley Crüe? Really?

If you’re interested in doing yoga to Girls, Girls, Girls, check out Yoga Pop Ups on Amazon.com MP3 downloads.

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)