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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1413982632209230/

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

March 21st, 2014

Zumbathon to Benefit Ruff Start Animal Rescue

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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!

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:

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  • 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!

Minnesota Zumba Party Hearty – Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 18th, 2011

Another Zumba Party Hearty is coming to Minnesota. Join your favorite instructors this Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Registration starts at 11:15am and the Zumbathon starts at 12:00pm. The cost is $10 for over 90 minutes of Zumba with 13 Zumba instructors from across the Twin Cities. 75% of the proceeds go to benefit the American Heart Association. Zumba has raised over $655,000 for the American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazon Movement so far through Zumba events.

Photographer James Flint from Flint Images in Lakeville, MN will taking professional photos at the event. Zumbawear will be for sale at the event. There will also be door prizes including massages, t-shirts, and Minnesota Twins baseball tickets.

Oak Grove Middle School
1300 W 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431

For more information, visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179042402148224

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Belly Dance Hip Coin Scarf for Zumba

April 26th, 2011

I occasionally wear a belly dance hip scarf with coins for Zumba. I think the color and the movement of the coins at my waist remind my Zumba participants to use their hips more often during the Latin dance moves of Zumba classes. I often try to motivate Zumba participants to add more  “hips and hands” when they are comfortable with the footwork involved in Zumba Fitness to take their workout to the next level.

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I won my hip scarf at a Zumbathon, a Zumba fundraiser event for charity, but many people ask me where they can buy a hip scarf with coins for Zumba. Here are some possibilities:

International Markets
International markets often have Middle Eastern vendors that sell hip scarves, but please be aware of the quality of the hip scarf you are buying. The low-end hip scarves are perfect for Zumba and could cost you $5-20 USD. Do not pay more than $20 for a low-end hip scarf because these hip scarves are “disposable” – you will have to replace it often. It will get sweaty and the coins may tarnish. The strand of thread could break and you could lose a string of beads and coins.

In Minnesota, the Festival of Nations International Bazaar held annually in early May is one place to find several vendors that sell coin hip scarves for Zumba. The Midtown Global Market also has vendors that may (or may not) sell coin hip scarves for Zumba.

Online
Search for “coin hip scarf for Zumba” on Google, and you will see there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of online sources of coin hip scarves for Zumba. Many vendors sell in bulk at a discount so if you are considering buying online, you might want to talk to your Zumba friends and see if anyone is interested in splitting the order with you. As always, please be aware of the quality of the hip scarf you are buying. The low-end hip scarves are perfect for Zumba and should cost you $5-20 USD each. Do not pay more than $20 for a low-end hip scarf because these hip scarves are “disposable” – you will have to replace it often.

I recommend starting with a search for coin hip scarf on eBay, Amazon, or another trusted online shopping source.

Please keep in mind that there are also very elaborate, beautiful, high-end hip scarves with coins available for performance dance. When you hear the low, rich tone of the coins and feel the weight of the beads, you will know the high quality of the costume hip scarf. These high-end hip scarves are very heavy and expensive and probably not appropriate for a Zumba class because of the cost, weight, and potential beadwork disaster that would stop class if a strand of thread broke.

Upcoming Zumba® Events in Minnesota – April 2011

April 1st, 2011

Zumbathon Fundraiser for Japan Disaster Victims (Farmington, MN)

All proceeds go to the American Red Cross for the Japan catastrophe victims. Bring your water bottle and dress for a workout. Join in the fun. Great Music. Great positive happy energy.

Zumba Night-Life Class & Open House at Studio Cates! (Stillwater, MN)

Celebrate Studio Cates 1-year anniversary with instructor Sara Ross’ version of Zumba in the Club! Wear your fun Zumba/workout gear – anything goes! Shake it to awesome lights & music! Enjoy GUEST ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR…..LUPE BELMONTES!! Cost $10.

Zumbathon Fundraiser for Japan Disaster Victims (St. Louis Park, MN)

More information coming soon! Hosted by Naseema Shidi.

  • Friday, April 8, 2011 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • St. Louis Park, MN
  • More information coming soon!

Zumba with a Purpose! (Andover, MN)

Very fun event – well worth the drive to Andover! All proceeds go to the Anoka County Sexual Assault Action Team to support their work in preventing sexual violence and improving access to services for victims. COST: Minimum suggested donation is $10 at the door. Free parking!

One Hour Zumba Party with Ritzy (Shoreview, MN)

Fun, one-time Zumba event with instructor Ritzy Anderson! Bring a friend, water, and a towel. Children over age of 10 also welcome. Cost: $5.

Interactive Zumba Fitness XBox Demo at the MOA Best Buy Rotunda (Bloomington, MN)

Come and play the XBox Zumba Fitness video game with your favorite ZIN Zumba instructors. Free!

  • Saturday, April 9, 2011 · 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Best Buy Rotunda, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Zumba in the Rotunda with Kristi Gess at the MOA Best Buy Rotunda (Bloomington, MN)

Hosted by lululemon athletica. lululemon ambassador, Kristi Gess will be leading this free Zumba class at the Mall of America! Free!

Minnesota Zumba Events – March & April 2011

March 2nd, 2011

Upcoming Minnesota Zumba® Events – March & April 2011

ZUMBA-THON** to benefit Analia (Awbria) Simmons Memorial (Eagan, MN)

Featuring Zumba Instructors Chris & Eriko and Guest of Honor, Hugo Garrido Biagetti. Free will donations taken at the door.

FREE Preview Week – March 7-13 (Inver Grove Heights, MN)

Group fitness classes, including Zumba, are FREE at The Grove / Veterans’ Memorial Community Center March 7-13, 2011!

FREE Zumba Class for Everyone! (University of Minnesota – East Bank, MPLS, MN)

The purpose of this event is to introduce you and your friends & family to Zumba Fitness. Everyone is welcome – all abilities, skill levels, and fitness levels. FEATURING YOUR ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR, RENEE MILLER!

FREE Spring Break Group Fitness Classes – March 14-20 (University of Minnesota – East Bank [MPLS] and St. Paul Campus)

Group fitness classes, including Zumba, are FREE at University of Minnesota March 14-20, 2011!

  • Monday, March 14, 2011 – Sunday, March 20
  • Rec Center: 1906 University Ave NE, Minneapolis MN 55455 and St. Paul Gym: 1536 Cleveland Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55108
  • Visit http://www.recsports.umn.edu/ for more information!

FREE Spring Break Group Fitness Classes – March 14-27 (Shoreview, MN)

All group fitness classes, including Zumba, are FREE at Shoreview Community Center March 14-27, 2011!

Zumba Party with Zumba Divas – Mary Pirela, Bernice Arias & Vanessa Dembo (St. Louis Park, MN)

COST: $25 presale RSVP by email to zumbadivasrsvp@gmail.com, $30 at the door. (Cash Only!) A percentage of the event proceeds go to Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Zumbathon Party Hearty Fundraiser for American Heart Association (Burnsville, MN)

The American Heart Association uses all revenues from local and National Go Red activities to support awareness, research, education, and community programs in cardiovascular diseases – money raised by Zumba Party Hearty Zumbathons so far: $383,484! Featuring the best Zumba instructors in town , live drums with Lidia Berman “Conga Queen,” Principes Negros singing their best merengue hits live, Latin Flavor performing live on stage, and Deejay Nuyo mixing your favorites Zumba hits. COST: $10. Free parking!

Zumbathon Fundraiser for Japan Disaster Victims (Farmington, MN)More information coming soon! Hosted by Naseema Shidi.

  • Sunday, April 3, 2011 · 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Grand Hall Studio, 217 Oak St, Farmington, MN
  • More information coming soon!

Zumbathon Fundraiser for Japan Disaster Victims (St. Louis Park, MN)

More information coming soon! Hosted by Naseema Shidi.

  • Friday, April 8, 2011 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • St. Louis Park, MN
  • More information coming soon!

One Hour Zumba Party with Ritzy (Shoreview, MN)Fun, one-time Zumba event with instructor Ritzy Anderson! Bring a friend, water, and a towel. Children over age of 10 also welcome. Cost: $5.

Zumba with a Purpose! (Andover, MN)

Very fun event – well worth the drive to Andover! All proceeds go to the Anoka County Sexual Assault Action Team to support their work in preventing sexual violence and improving access to services for victims. COST: Minimum suggested donation is $10 at the door. Free parking!

Zumba With a Purpose – Chile Earthquake Relief

April 26th, 2010

Attention Zumba lovers in Minnesota!

Zumba with a Purpose to benefit Chilean Earthquake Relief with a $10 donation on Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 1:30-3:15pm at Shoreview YMCA in Shoreview, Minnesota.

The 2010 Chilean earthquake happened on February 27, 2010. Approximately 500 people died and 500,000 homes were destroyed. Many Zumba instructors have family and friends in Chile. All money raised at the Zumba with a Purpose event will be given to the Chilean Club in Minnesota (Chilenos en Minnesota) to be delivered to Chilean institutions to benefit earthquake and tsunami victims.

Click here for more information and enjoy!