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

Why is it so hard to find Zumba shoes?!?

October 25th, 2011

Why is it so hard to find shoes for Zumba?!?

My search for good Zumba shoes started over two years ago after I experienced knee pain after Zumba. During Zumba class, I was having so much fun that I didn’t even notice that my usual gym shoes stuck to the studio floor. My knees were taking all kinds of the abuse while my foot was planted on the studio floor and my body twisted and turned and made lateral movements. After Zumba class, my knees ached.

In the beginning, I looked at everything from cross country “waffle” running shoes to wrestling shoes to indoor turf soccer shoes. I even got out my old Capezio athletic dance shoes from dance team performances in college.

Finally, I found Nike Musique IV. They were perfect – from the mesh upper to the sole to the price. Now, Nike Musique are cheerleading shoes with all leather uppers – not to mention, they are too ugly to wear to Zumba class.

I moved on to Nike Huarache. Cool, hip-hop style dance sneakers with a sock like upper and great soles and again, great price. Now, Nike discontinued them. A search for Nike Huarache will bring up hits for men’s soccer shoes.

I am currently using Reebok Zigs for Zumba. They are working… for now. My feet often go numb during class, but at least the ridiculous looking soles can turn on the studio floor, which saves me from knee and hip pain. They are expensive, but I found mine on a clearance rack at TJ Maxx.

I’ve seen everything from Sketchers to Puma to Ryka to Vibram FiveFinger barefoot running shoes to bare feet in my Zumba classes and no one seems really pleased with their Zumba footware. Men seem to have an even bigger struggle than women in finding good Zumba shoes.

Zumba currently sells Z-Kickz and Z Tops are coming out in November 2011. Buying shoes for Zumba from Zumba will cost you $75 to $95 USD.

Finding the right shoes for Zumba has been a struggle for me since I started teaching Zumba classes to years ago. What shoes are you wearing for Zumba right now? Would you (do you) recommend them to others?