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

Vibram FiveFingers Shoes and Zumba

March 15th, 2011

It was bound to happen: I finally saw a pair of Vibram FiveFingers shoes in one of my Zumba classes.

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I do have people who occasionally go barefoot in my Zumba classes. Usually, it is because: A) They are professional or modern dancers and they choose to dance barefoot (like Shakira) or B) they forgot their athletic shoes and whatever shoes they were wearing were not appropriate for Zumba. Depending on the instructor, there can be a fair amount of pounding, jumping, twisting, and turning in Zumba. It is widely known that trained and untrained barefoot dance can cause a host of foot problems including blisters, calluses, bruises, pes planus (fallen arches or flatfeet), stress fractures, tendinitis, capsulitis, metatarsalgia, and more.

I am not a doctor, but in my opinion, using Vibram FiveFingers shoes for Zumba would only add insult to injury. Vibram FiveFingers shoes give users the feeling of being barefoot with the security of a performance rubber sole for sure grip and slip resistance.

Slip resistance and a sure grip is not what you want or need for Zumba. The increased grip of the sole will force the foot to stay in place and will lead to unnatural twisting of the ankle, knee, and hip during many dance moves in a typical Zumba class.

Do I recommend Vibram FiveFingers shoes for Zumba? No. If you truly want a natural experience, dance barefoot – and do so at your own risk. Proper footwear, like athletic dance shoes, absorb shock and protect the feet and legs from injury during high impact activity.

Save the Vibram FiveFingers shoes for barefoot running, strength training, yoga or Pilates, or after sport.

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