Friday, December 4, 2009

"Having a good time now..."

Greetings!
I'm almost back up to speed - but still trying to take it easy, maybe I'm taking it a little too easy, I'm procrastinating writing my last paper for my SOC class...

I slowed things down a little for this past week. I'm working on building my stamina a little more so we'll slowly add back some reggaeton, hip hop and merengue very soon.

Playlist for Dec. 1 - 10:

Can't Get You Out of My Head - Kylie Minogue
Chiquilla - Kumbia Kings
La Negra Tienne Tumbao - Celia Cruz
Zumba Zumba - Zumba 2004 DVD's
Tengo Un Amor - ZIN 17
I Need to Know - Marc Anthony
Love Like This - Natasha Bedingfield
Na Na Na Dulce Nina - Kumbia Kings
Boro Boro - ZIN 22
Pon De Replay - Rihanna
Get Down - W7
Stranger - Hilary Duff
El Menenito - ZIN 20
Solo Se Vive Una Vez - ZIN MegaMix 13
She Wolf - Shakira
Rich Girl - Gwen Stefani
Push Push Push - Zumba 19
Speedy Gonzalez - Kumbia Kings
La Bomba - Ricky Martin
19 de Noviembre - ZIN MegaMix 10
The Way She Moves - Zion
Realize - Colbie Calliat
The Earth, The Sun, The Rain - Color Me Badd
Stickwitu - Pussycat Dolls

I'll try to beef up the intensity next week. Thanks to all who danced with me this week.
Don't forget registration for Winter 1 has already started :-) I'm predicting a very busy season at the YMCA this January, as usual!

Have a great week-
See ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Happy Happy Thanksgiving!

I can't believe it's already nearing the end of November, heck - even close to the end of the year! I hope you'll all have time in your busy lives this week to reflect and feel gratitude for the many people and things which our Heavenly Father has blessed us with in our lives. I am grateful for you all, family and friends :-)

Here's the playlist for now until December 1:

She Wolf - Shakira (In honor of Team Jacob, AHWOOO!)
Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus
19 of Novemeber - ZUMBA MegaMix 10
La Candena de Oro - Cabas
Say Hey - Michael Franti
Wanna Be Startin Something - Michael Jackson
Parsarela - ZUMBA ZIN 20
Pam Pam - ZUMBA/ Wisin & Yandel
Tengo Un Amor - ZUMBA ZIN 17/Toby Love
How Do You Sleep? - Jesse McCartney
El Menenito - ZUMBA ZIN 20
Save a Horse - Big n Rich
Evacuate the Dancefloor - Cascada
Baila Pa Emociona - ZUMBA DVD 2008
Que Te Pica - Notch
Mad - Neyo
Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson

I expect to be back on my feet from surgery on December 1st.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!

See ya at the next party,
Myra :-)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November playlist - YEE-HAW!



The flu and all other types of ailments have hit my family so I apologize for updating my list last week. I'm gonna stick with this same playlist for at least 2-3 weeks and I'll make another update again before Thanksgiving. I'm in the last few weeks of school and the homework load is pretty heavy...

Zumba 13 - "Country-fyin' it"

Can't Get you Out of My Head - Kylie Minogue - (Warm-up)
She Wolf - Shakira (Warm-up)
Oh La Ley - ZIN 23 - (Merengue)
Sigue La Cumbia - ZIN 19 - (Cumbia)
Cowboy Cassanova - Carrie Underwood (Country)
Hala - ZIN 23 - (Reggaeton)
Buttons - PussyCat Dolls - (Cha Cha/Bellydance)
Pabajo - ZIN 23 - (Latin Hip Hop)
Boro Boro = ZIN 22 - (Bellydance)
El Rompe Cintura - ZIN 22 - (merengue)
Ariba, Abajo - Caballo Dorado (Line Dance)
Mariana Mambo - ZIN 23 - (Rock n Rollr)
Wanted - Jessie James (Country/Pop)
Hoedown Throwdown - Miley Cyrus (Country/Hip Hop)
Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (Cool Down)
Lonely No More - Rob Thomas - (Cool Down)

Hope you enjoy the ride :-) I know there's a lot of country, but it's SLAMMIN' country, with a hard dance beat. You'll love it as much as I do. Put on yer boots and your cowboy hat, people, we're goin' a dancin'...YEE-HAW!

See ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hoedown Throwdown!


If you were a little intimidated by Miley's Cyrus' Hoedown Throwdown dance, have no fear. Here's a great video that breaks down the steps and Miley is as cute as a button in this - I'll even have a variation for the chorus that you can do if you're not up to the challenge :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj3OqMzNin4
Sorry I can't get the link to work, you'll have to cut and paste it :(


Happy Hoedown! No worries, we'll take our time learning this one...
Myra :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A GREAT BIG...

THANK YOU!!!


For a great registration week at the YMCA. Both classes have closed and now we're ready to get the party started! The more the merrier, I always say...

After reviewing the Zumba Instructor Network Program 23, you guys are going to love this choreography by George Iu from Hong Kong. He's so full of energy and he's such a clever choreographer. So look forward to at least 3 new songs from that new program and some others of my own creation :-)

I'm so grateful we have 2 full classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so we're now on our way to a new party next week, on October 27. Meanwhile, come join me this week as we reminisce on some earlier favorite dances.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Party on!
Myra :-)


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Playlists for 10/20 & 10/22

Hey Party People :-)

The same playlist for this week's classes are the same as last week, although Tuesdays are different from Thursdays (variety...it's the spice of life :-))

Tuesday's line-up:

Forever - Chris Brown (w/u)
Mercy - Duffy (pop)
Hip-Hop Reggaeton - ZUMBA - (the infamous "ROCKSTAR" step)
Those Days - Shaggy - (Bellydance/Hip Hop)
Ahora Es - Wisin & Yandel - (Reggaeton)
El Bombom Asesino - Ninel Conde (Flamenco) *Sorry about my brain fart with this choreo...
Four Minutes - Madonna & Justin T - (Rockstar & Samba)
Pachuco - Kumbia Kings (Cumbia)
Wake Up Call - Maroon 5 (jazz & "Las Vegas" steps)
Viva el Merengue - Oro Solido (Kick-your-booty Merengue)
Take a Bow - Rihanna (c/d)

Thursday's Line-up:

Dancing Queen - ABBA (w/u) *Their music will live forever in my classes!
Closer - Ne-Yo (jazz step & pop)
Santa Que - Zumba '08 DVD - Cumbia
Zumbandando Por Un Sueno - Zumba '08 DVD - Salsa
Love Song - Sara Bareilles (jazz steps & pop)
Zumbalicious Salsa/Reggaeton - Zumba '08 DVD
Life Is a Highway - Rascall Flats - (Country) *Working on the next country song for ya!
Alegria PA Zumbar - Zumba '08 DVD - ("don't-be-shy-with-those-hips" step & samba)
Disturbia - Rihanna (Pop)
The Prayer - Celine Dion & A. Bocelli (c/d)

I'm working on just a couple of songs for the new session on October 27 (2 spots left for Thursday and 5 more for Tuesday, as of today). Be on the lookout for: a HOT country line dance and some fun throw-back 90's :-)

Everyone is doing an awesome job with the cool-downs! You know it's practically the same thing over and over, just to a different song each time. That beauty, style and grace I see in you all is just a fabulous thing. Don't forget that final step; TAKE A BOW and curtsy! As a great dance instructor once told me, "Start off strong and have a great ending!"

Until the next party...
Myra :-)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Playlist for 10/8/09

Hello Everyone!

Today's playlist is the same as last Thursday, October 1 - another one of my "classics" mixed in with some of the new songs. I hope you had a good time and forgot about your cares for the hour :-)

Boogie Shoes - KC & The Sunshine Band (w/u)
Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (w/u)
Reggae Cumbia - Kumbia Kings (cumbia)
Ojos Asi - Shakira
Parsarela - ZIN 20 - (Reggaeton)
Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani - (Pop)
Que Te Pica - Notch - (Merengue/Reggaeton)
Love Like This - Natasha Bedingfield/Sean Kingston
Mas Que Nada - Black Eyed Peas - (Salsa/Samba)

This Tuesday I will change the playlist (again) but will include this session's favorites.

Have a fabulous-o week!
See ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Playlist for 9/29


Hola!

It's a big exam week this week, so no time for my chatty self :-)

I do want to tell you that I decided that my playlist on Tuesdays will be different than on Thursdays...I will play them for at least 2 weeks, maybe more. When I was teaching 7 classes a week, it was easier to rotate my playlists - and remember them! So, for my poor memory's sake, I need to rotate more often. Please let me know in class if you have a special song request - I have them stored in my "mental rolodex", but it's quite dusty in there :-)

Songs for Tuesday were my "recycled" favorites:

Yeah! - Usher - (Warm up)
The Way She Moves - Zion - (Salsa)
La Negre Tienen Tumbao - Celia Cruz - (Latin Pop)
Cha Cha Slide - Mr. C. - (Pop)
Whine Up - Kat Deluna - (Latin Pop/Reggaeton)
Hips Don't Lie (Bamboo) - Shakira - (Salsaton, African)
Zocalypso - Zumba DVD's 2004 - (Calypso, Soca)
Sway - PussyCat Dolls - (Tango)
Buttons - PussyCat Dolls - (Bellydance, Cha Cha)
Shh! - Zumba DVD's 2004 - (Cumbia)

I will being doing an older mix tomorrow night too, I just don't which one...but I'll list it on Friday.

Have a glorious week!

See ya at the party (even with your jeans on :-))!
Myra :-)

Friday, September 25, 2009

i scrapped!


Okay, so when I'm not thinking up choreography, or studying for school - I scrapbook. A lot. Obsessively, actually. My girls scrap with me every Sunday - they even own my old Cricut (die cutting machine). I have my blog posted on one of my favorite scrapbooking websites now, so I need to post some of my artworks a little more regularly. Here's a layout of Nina in Tahoe "striking a pose" or two - that girl is going to want to model when she grows up...heaven help me. Sorry the picture is a little blurry.

Scrapbooking is my one true relaxing hobby - I can't even think of making a profit from doing it. I would quit from the pressure and end up hating it. I don't wanna go down that route, ever! (I almost quit teaching Zumba last year - I was teaching 7 classes and I injured my feet so badly I couldn't walk.)

Ending on a more positive note, tomorrow I get to go with some friends (fellow obsessive scrapbookers) and Greg up to Novi, MI (he has a presentation for church up there) and have a window-shopping trip to my favorite scrapbooking store, Archiver's. Hooray!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Myra :-)

New Songs for 9/22 & 9/24

Hey all!

Another fun week - chalk that one on the board!
Thanks again for joining me this week and sacrificing your time to take a minute out for you :-)
This is the first time in 3 years that I've taught less than 2 classes a week - and I have to tell you, I get so excited (and nervous) when Tuesday and Thursday come around. Who wouldn't want to when you know you're going to a party?? I love being able to take a break from the busyness of life (family, school, volunteering & homemaking) and share my love of dance. And thank you all for the inspiring feedback you consistently give me: I want to give you great experience each and every time you join me.

Here's some of the (older) new ones from this week:

Circus - Brittany Spears - (warm-up)
Reggaeson Son - ZIN 17 (Reggaeton)
Black or White - Michael Jackson (do I need to explain??)
Hecha Pelante - ZIN 21 (Bellydance/Reggaeton)
I Want to Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey (cool-down)

Thanks for putting up with my silly cues and remarks in class...especially when I say, "Let's party...keep those legs closed..." If you've been to class in the last month, you know exactly what I'm talking about...LOL!

Have a great weekend - oh, and I'm thinking of doing a classic week next week. I have an exam and can't put too much energy into new stuff, so we may be recycling dance routines next week. I'll let ya know.

See ya the party!
Myra :-)

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Baby Boy is 17!!!

My big boy is 17 today!! Yoo-hooooooo! Where does time go?

Proud momma moment: Anthony was also elected as the Junior Class President for the PHS campus DECA Marketing Association...YEAH!!!!! We're so excited for his upcoming opportunity with the program this year.

It has been a joy being Anthony's mom - one of the easiest kids to raise, ever! We love him and he's such a great son and brother (3rd parent).

That was my happy thought for the day :-)

ZUMBA FAQ's


Hey Ladies!

I just wanted to tell you how fun last Thursday night was :-) Thank you for letting me direct you guys like the troupe dancers you really are! The second-to-the-last song was "Don't Stop" by ZIN. We did a little group formation and you guys did it just like professionals! We were like the Rockettes there for a little bit :-) We'll do it tomorrow night too, if you weren't able to be with us on Thursday.

Here's some info I promised you - I didn't have time to write it myself so I found some basic Zumba FAQ's on Facebook from this link:
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=65266546830

Zumba FAQ's:

Do I need any previous dance experience?

No not at all! Anyone can do Zumba®! All ages, all body types and all skill levels! You do not need any previous dance experience. The basics are taught to you.


I have two left feet...how can I get a good workout from Zumba®?

Zumba® is not about getting every step perfect. There are no judges on the sidelines waiting to score us. Zumba® is about feeling the music and having fun...while getting a great workout. The more energy you put into your Zumba® moves, the better your results will be.


Do you have beginner classes, because I'm concerned that I have no rhythm and I'm afraid that I'll look silly or embarrass myself?

Trust me you are not going to look silly or embarrass yourself. In our regular Zumba® classes we follow the authentic Zumba® format, which allows for a multi-level class. You'll see a mix of everyone from the beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness participant to the professional dancer. Keep the following in mind when attending any Zumba® class, you are not expected to move like anyone but you! No one will critique your dance or fitness skills. The most important things to remember while participating in a Zumba® class are to let go, allow yourself to move naturally to the music, keep moving and to have fun! Dances which may have more intricate steps, are reviewed until all are comfortable.


What should I bring?

Water You will need it! Always keep yourself hydrated. Bringing a towel really helps with removing access sweat, especially off of the face. Get friends to come with you to Zumba® class! That may give you that extra boost to stay motivated and fulfill your health goal.


Do I need a partner?

Not at all. Everyone is learning the steps individually, but please feel free to bring all your friends with you! This is an exercise class, not partner dancing.


How many calories can I burn during a Zumba® Class?

It is very difficult to estimate the number of calories burned during a Zumba® Class, because it depends on you, your body type, your body composition, the intensity, and the range of motion that you use with each workout. For example in one Zumba class, one participant could burn 400 calories, while another participant burns 1000 calories. We recommend monitoring how you feel and compare it to other activities that you do that have "calories burned" associated with it and then estimate accordingly.


If Zumba® is so much fun, how can I be getting a workout?

Zumba® participants can burn approximately 400-1,000 calories per class based on their cardio intensity and fitness level. The Zumba® routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba® is a total body workout with emphasis on the glutes, legs, arms, abdominals, and the most important muscle of the body…THE HEART!


What are the best shoes for Zumba®?

Zumba® recommends any shoe that has good cushion support, medial-lateral support (for side to side movements) and low-traction rubber (for easy sliding and turning). There are a number of great fitness shoes and dance sneakers that fit this description. Usually court shoes or "aerobic" shoes are good for medial-lateral and pivoting movements. Running shoes are not ideal due to the heavy tread on the bottom of the shoes and because running shoes are designed more for forward movement. The best shoe for you is the shoe that fits your foot well. Everyone's feet, body type, and dancing styles are different; it is important for you to try different shoes to find the best one for you. I recommend, and wear the Ryka Studio D shoe--which works best for my particular foot--available at Zappos.com. Also check out the Nike Cameo which is another good shoe.


See ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Exhausted!



So, today was a great day, but it was extremely LONG. Even though I've had 2 kids pass through elementary school already, I just feel like such a rookie about having my 2 younger children go through the process. Oye! So many details, so much homework - for Kindergarten and First Grade! Oh, and I signed up for "copy mom" on Fridays too - wow. LOTS OF COPIES, oh my word! No complaints here though...I'm just feeling very fulfilled in my role as a mom. I may be behind in some of my own studying and yardwork, but as long as my family is thriving, I'll sacrifice my GPA :-)

Okay new(er) song tonight:

Causa y Efecto - Paulina Rubio (Jive)

Sorry, no great speeches tonight - I can't communicate effectively past 9pm anymore!

See ya at the party!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Song from tonight & other 411 :-)



Hola!

I did a song from my summer program tonight...it's about 6 minutes long and really builds the endurance - don't be surprised in find yourselves with more stamina over the weekend! I hope you had fun with it :-)

Estas Perdida - ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) - Calypso

I randomly recycle songs to my playlist often, but most of the songs will stay the same. The warm-ups and cool-downs will change more frequently, but the choreography for the warm-up will be very basic (grapevines, step touches, marches, walks, hip circles - don't forget to bend those knees!). If you've been with me since the beginning in 2007, you'll notice my cool-down choreo is almost always the same, just to some different and great "chill-out" songs.

Also, I wanted you to take note of all the abominal moves with this current program. I gained about 10 pounds over the summer (gluttony!) and most of it was in my waistline. Since the last 4 classes (and cleaning up some of my horrid eating habits) my pants fit so much better. So use that core and feel the "crunch" while Zumba-ing. Oh, and I've been cross-training since the summer with mat Pilates (at home) and I know that's helped as well. (I taught Pilates a few years ago before and after my girls were born and it helped "sandwich" things back together really well :-)).

Stay tuned next blog post for some common basic Zumba moves and a word about footwear...if your knees are bothering you by now, it may be your athletic shoes. If you're serious about Zumba, find a comfortable pair of dance fitness shoes with a "circular" sole. (Very helpful for pivoting moves like the Cumbia's "Machete"). I need to hunt down this great article about recommended Zumba shoes and I'll copy it as a handout for class next week.

Have a great weekend and we'll see ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Songs & Prayer Request



Hey There!

Just adding the songs I played tonight...thank you guys for putting up with my "Michael Mourning" period. I may just have to mourn him for the next decade...

I hope and pray everyone is having a good time in class and not worrying about technique - it's all about having fun and letting go all the cares of the day :-) I know we have so much to worry about my goal is for the 55 minutes you're in my company, that you have a stress-free time. Remember my golden rule: "NO WORRIES!"

I did find out some sad news today, however...there was someone signed up for my class but had to withdraw because she just found out she was diagnosed with breast cancer :( If you can keep a prayer in your heart for this courageous woman and sister in our Zumba world, I would very much appreciate it.

Added to the dances tonight:

La Negra Tiene Tumbao - Celia Cruz (Warm-up)
Tu No Eres Para Mi - Fanny Lu (Cumbia)
Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael J (we still love you!)

Here's my daughter Alexa and I chillin at the beach in Lake Tahoe this summer - I just miss her so much today :-)

See ya at the party!
Myra :-)

















Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Happy September!

It's so great to start the Fall session at the YMCA - everyone did a FABULOUS job on Tuesday and I hope you all had a great time :-) Again the most important part of class I want to emphasize is to "Ditch the Workout, Join the Party" - because that's what my classes are all about, being carefree and dancing "like no one's watching". Please come to class with absolutely no worries and party your hearts out. Feel free to sing too, I do it every class (you just thankfully don't hear me)...

Here's the current playlist - I will keep it for another week, but soon I'll be rotating in some of my "classics". The majority of them are choreographed from the professionals at Zumba and are available only through particpation of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN). A few of them I choreographed myself ("Say Hey" and Evacuate the Dance Floor" available on iTunes) and as always, my warm-up and cool down. Just to note: my cool-downs are almost always the same choreography, just different songs, taken from my earlier college days in Reno, NV where I studied Jazz and Modern.

This routine for Fall 2009 is dedicated to all of the hard-working teachers in our children's lives who make education and learning a wonderful experience for them...THANK YOU - with all my heart:

ABC - Jackson 5 (We love ya, Michael :-))
19 de Noviembre - ZIN MegaMix 10 (Cumbia)
Latinos! - ZIN 22 (Salsa)
El Menenito - ZIN 20 (Flamenco)
Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti, Spearhead, Cherine Anderson (Pop/Reggae/HipHop
Boro Boro - ZIN 22 (Bollywood/Bellydance)
Move It Up - ZIN 22 (Reggaeton)
Solo Se Viva Una Ves - Zumba MegaMix 13 (Rhumba/Flamenco)
Evacuate the Dance Floor - Cascada (Pop Dance)
African Beats - ZIN 22 (African)
Bailadora - ZIN 22 (Samba)
Push Push Push - ZIN MegaMix 19 - (Cha Cha Cha)
Don't Stop - ZIN 22 (Samba)
More Than Words - Frankie J (Cool Down)
One Time - Justin Beiber (Cool Down)

Zumba has been a ginormous blessing in my life since I started teaching it in 2007. As a group fitness instructor for over 15 years, I think I finally found my "calling" in teaching fitness! I'm teaching FUN and DANCE! I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and develop the dearest friendships here in Toledo. My goal is to help you feel the joy that I've discovered in Zumba and of course, to meet all of your fitness goals (however, don't ask me anything about nutrition, my fave food is Pizza Hut's Pizza Rolls :-))

See ya at the Party! (Tue & Thurs @ 6:30, Perrysburg YMCA)
Myra :-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Summer has ended!




2 down, 1 to go! Kyra and Anthony are back in school - we've just got to get lil' Nina on her way on Monday, whew :-) No waterworks yet, I'm saving the tears for after I'm alone for the first few hours that day!

I'll be posting some new Zumba songs I've been working on during the YMCA's summer break - and I'm really anxious to get back to dancing, you don't even know. I hope you all enjoy my "Back to School" repertoire and watch for my next post soon :-)

I'm just getting back into the swing of things, it's so hard to focus when the weather still beckons you outside...

If you haven't done Zumba, you're missing the party!
Myra :-)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Playlist for 7/21 - 7/23


Well, what do you do when you're traveling on the road for over 2500 miles? How about choreograph some Zumba, baby? That's what I did (all in my head while driving) and I put it down on foot last Thursday night. So it's a brand new program (with the exception of the warm-up "Calle Ocho" song that I hope you'll find super fun:

I Know You Want Me - Calle Ocho - Pitbull (warm-up)
19 Noviembre - Zumba Megamix 10 (Cumbia/Salsa)
La Cumbia - Zumba Megamix 11 (Cumbia)
Down - Zumba ZIN 19 (Reggaeton)
Na De Na - Megamix 11 (Hip Hop)
Hava Negila - Megamix 9 (Israeli)
Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson (POP)
Heche Palante - ZIN 21 (Bellydance/Reggaeton)
1+1=2 - Megamix 11 (Swing/Jive)
La Carcacha - ZIN 19 (Cumbia)
Causa y Efecto - Paulina Rubio (Jive)
Push Push Push - ZIN 19 (Cha Cha Mambo)
Sigue La Cumbia - ZIN 19 (Cumbia)
Corazon Perdido - Fanny Lu (Latin POP)
You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson (Cool Down)
The Earth, the Sun, the Rain - Color Me Badd (Cool Down)

This repertoire is my special tribute to MJ who was one of the main inspirations of why I dance. If Paula Abdul ever leaves this earth, I will be even more traumatized!

And don't forget, if you ever have a song request, just let me know anytime during class and I'll take care of that right away. I don't know how I do it, but there's a lot of songs stored in that brain and body of mine!

C ya at the Y - Forever Dancing,
Myra :-)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

We're Baaack!




Wow! What a road trip, 17 states in 17 days: Pennsylvannia, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oaklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Southern Ohio. One of the longest summer vacations ever! It was absolutely wonderful to see our family again after 3-5 years (Greg and the kids hadn't been back for awhile). This summer we were able to visit all of our family (most importantly my daughter) and some of Greg's cousins from CA. Lake Tahoe is breath-taking, as always and it was such a blessing to hang out there for as long as we did.

Some more pics can be found on my FaceBook:

and some more:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2027878&id=1082139621&l=7a390d8794

And some more:

Even more!







Thursday, June 18, 2009

Do You Have Song that'd be Perfect for Zumba??


Since I'll be on vacation for the next 3 weeks, (although I am teaching on Thursday, June 25th) I thought it'd be fun to collect some song suggestions, if you have one. This way while I'm traveling across the country back to Nevada/California, I could have a few songs ready when I return on July 14. I am open to all genre; any latin/international, hip-hop, disco, rock (as long as it has a dance beat), country, and Pop. If you have suggestions for our cool-down, I'd love to see those too.

If you can't leave a comment here, please feel free to email me marangi6@yahoo.com

I hope you guys have a great time with my subs:
Milva Wagner (6/30, 7/2 & 7/9)
Kathy Zemke (7/7)
Kale Azzan (6/23)

Have a fun and safe summer - and keep on dancin'!
Myra :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Warm-Up & Cool Down



I'm adding a new warm-up song today, Pitbull's "Calle Ocho". You just hear that song and it's an instant dance party! I've also added Beyonce's Halo to our repertoire...it's a little older but it's perfect for winding down :-)

Sunday, June 14, 2009




Here are some of my latest LO's. It's kind of ridiculous to have to schedule time for scrappin' and relaxing...in the summer. But, alas - if I don't I will go mental...again. Blast that summer semester homework!!!

My Zumba playlist will remain the same this week, I'm still trying to perfect "Wanted" and I'm going to be adding a new Fanny Lu song (LOVE HER) probably on Thursday.

Have a great week - and thanks for the dance!
Myra :-)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

One Crazy Summer!



Talk about OVERWHELMED!

I've gotten myself in a pickle with attending summer semester (wasn't really realistic about the homework load) so now I'm totally stressing about the next 6 weeks...pray for me! It's hard to adjust to new stressors and re-igniting the HEALTHY forms of coping mechanisms...
The only form of escape I have right now is teaching my Zumba classes so I thank you all for joining me and giving me a reason to dance. I have another new song this week - one that I was searching for forever and ever and finally found it: WANTED - Jessie James. It's not Latin, but it's a party song, no less!

Playlist for 6/9 - 6/15

Escape - Julio Iglesias (mmm, mmm, mmm!)
Bidi Bidi Bom Bom - Selena
Chismosita - ZIN 20
How Do You Sleep? - Jesse McCartney
Lagartija Azul - ZIN 17
Flamenco Oriental - Dalida
Pasarela - ZIN 20
Tuno Es Para Mi - Fanny Lu
Wanted - Jessie James
Maria - Ricky Martin
The Climb - Miley Cyrus (yes, I really do LOVE her!)

You guys have a fabulous week and hope you're enjoying your summer so far...
Forever dancing,
Myra :-)

Here's Kyra's last day of Kindergarten with Mrs. Phipps

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Playlist for 5/28 - 6/4



Hi Everyone!

I hope you guys had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend - I know our family had a blast! Too bad
I've been battling allergies and full-blown bronchitis for the last 3 weeks, ugh. I have one question...why does it have to get worse before it gets better???

I have a couple of new songs this week, I don't have the choreography perfected - but thought we'd give them a shot. One is a simple cha cha step and mambo combination; no worries, you'll do great!

They are:

Escape - Enrique Iglesias - (warm-up)
Chismosita - ZIN 20 (cha cha mambo)

The rest of the playlist:

I Need to Know - Marc Anthony
Rakata - Wisin and Yandel
LaVida Es Un Carnaval - Celia Cruz
How Do You Sleep - Jesse McCartney
No Te Pido Flores - Fanny Lu
Pasarela - ZIN 20
Jump in the Line - Harry Belafonte
Alegria Pa Zumbar - Zumba 2008 DVD's
Four Minutes - Justin T. and Madonna
El Bom Bom Asesino - Ninel Conde
Simarik - Tarkan
Breath (2am) - Anna Nalick

Thank you, everyone, for putting up with my absent-mindedness while I've been on this very strong cough medicine...I'm such a perfectionist and hate being off beat or when my mind forgets choreography - my body always knows the truth! Oh well, nobody's perfect, right?

Have a great week!
Forever dancing,
Myra :-)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Please help my friend WIN!





I recently met a new LOCAL scrapbook buddy online at TwoPeasinabucket.com, Christina Thomas. Not only do we share scrapbooking in common, but we're both instructors for the YMCA (she teaches in Sylvania). She entered a contest for the Original Scrap Box Company recently and I'm asking that we support her by voting for her layout (shown above):

http://theoriginalscrapbox.com/craftbox_giveaway/showContestant.php?id=257

Thanks everyone - Christina and I appreciate you :)
Have a great week!






Wednesday, May 20, 2009

One new song for Zumba this week!




For Zumba this week...we're flying by the seat of our pants...Nina and I have been battling allergy-sinus infections and I'm not feeling so hot today. But I did add a new non-latin song to my repertoire, Jesse McCartney's "How Do You Sleep?" Such a cute song...and he is a great performer - originally from the Disney Channel. No worries, I choregraphed some Salsa in there so it still has that Latin feel :-)

Good news, I officially have my Saturday mornings back after 18 months of teaching Zumba. My last class at Dance Expressions was last week and I'm not sure if I'm going to return in the Fall because of school. I will actually have a day to do laundry again - but more importantly, to SLEEP IN!!!! Yeah, baby!!

So...have a great week, enjoy the beautiful weather (we're going for a record at 3 days straight full of sunshine) and have fun in class. Thanks for sacrificing your Tuesdays and Thursdays to dance with me. You all ROCK!

Dancing Forever,
Myra :-)

SB Layouts This Week!



With these 2 layouts, I challenged myself not to use an cardstock...boy that was hard. I feel like I'm morphing into more complicating (and busy) scrappping. I'm enjoying my break from school so I'm putting more effort into my pages...I can't wait until the kids are out of school!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Playlist for 5/12 & 5/14



Happy End of Semester for me...I've got 2 weeks off and then, I get busy again for 8 weeks. Oye.

Meanwhile, I am working on creating a new routine - with songs from the latest Zumba release (ZIN 20) and some top latin songs from iTunes. With Mother's Day this past weekend, I didn't get anything accomplished but one song and I'm debuting it tonight! You guys will love the funky Reggaeton feel to it! And then it'll be off to CD #10, from January of this year.

Pasarela - Zumba Instructor Network CD 20

CD 10:

Brick House – Commodores
Just Dance – Lady GaGa
Mamma Mia – ABBA
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
El Pito – ZIN 17 (cha cha mambo)
Vide Gal – ZIN 17 (samba)
Tengo Un Amor – ZIN 17 (bachata)
Love Lockdown – Kanye West
La Otra – ZIN 17 – (merengue Hip Hop)
El Mambo De Los Shorty – ZIN 17 (meringue)
Does Your Mother Know? - ABBA
Reggaeson Son – ZIN 17 – (Reggaeton)
Lagartija Azul – ZIN 17 – (Cumbia)
Footprints in the Sand – Leona Lewis
Because of You – 98 Degrees
Fly with Me – 98 Degrees
If She Only Knew – 98 Degrees
The Hardest Thing – 98 Degrees

Also, since school's out, I've been doing a little more scrappin' and I have my latest layouts posted (I can't get the silly link to work so you'll have to cut and paste...):

http://www.dropshots.com/marangi6#

Have a happy week - we'll see ya soon!
Dancing Forever,
Myra :-)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sorry I didn't post last week, I've busy rearranging my house around for this desk Greg found for me (for free) at one of his buildings in Columbus...now I have my own little sanctuary :-)

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1480372

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Same Playlist as last week!




Hola Zumba Troupe!

It's an exam week for me so I thought I'd do the same program we did last week (missed a few of you!) and add on another new song from the Zumba 2008 DVD's, Baila Menea y Goza - it's Queubradita. I'm sure you'll have fun with it...if I remember all the choreography!! (I had a very off week last week...must be because the kids were on Spring Break).

CD 9: *CD has several songs for C/D and W/U

Boogie Oogie Oogie – Taste of Honey
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Get The Party Started – Pink
Closer - NeYo
Cumbia Jam – Zumba Cardio Party CD
Zumbandando Por Un Sueno – Z Cardio Party (ZCP)
Love Song – Sarah Bareilles
Zumbalicious Salsa – Zumba Cardio Party
QueteMeuve – ZCP
Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flats
Alegria Pa Zumbar – ZCP
Disturbia – Rihanna
Baila Menea y Goza – ZCP
The Prayer -
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Stay – Sugarland
Better In Time – Leona Lewis
T-Shirt – Shontelle

Have a great week - I hear it's going to be beautiful towards the end...

Forver dancing,
Myra :-)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Zumba 4/7 and 4/ 9




Happy Spring Break?

Well okay, so it's a little chilly outside...and snowing...and our kids can't play outside...at least we can dance a little bit of our cares away this week :-) It's an odd thing that my break doesn't coincide with my kids! So, my main worry this week is figuring out how to get ALL my homework done.
If you're traveling for break, I'll really miss you; with Zumba, it's always the more, merrier!

I lost some music on my computer so I've spent most of the afternoon trying to fix things and neglected selecting the playlist. We have one new song today from the Zumba Cardio Party DVD (from the new set) and it's a salsa/reggaeton song, Zumbandando Por Un Sueno. Too bad I don't understand Spanish :-)

CD 9: *CD has several songs for C/D and W/U

Boogie Oogie Oogie – Taste of Honey
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Get The Party Started – Pink
Closer - NeYo
Cumbia Jam – Zumba Cardio Party CD
Zumbandando Por Un Sueno – Z Cardio Party (ZCP)
Love Song – Sarah Bareilles
Zumbalicious Salsa – Zumba Cardio Party
QueteMeuve – ZCP
Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flats
Alegria Pa Zumbar – ZCP
Disturbia – Rihanna
Baila Menea y Goza – ZCP
The Prayer -
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Stay – Sugarland
Better In Time – Leona Lewis
T-Shirt – Shontelle
Hot n Cold – Katy Perry

Have a wonderful week and stay warm! There is evidence that Spring has sprung...I see the buds on the trees :-)

Forever dancing,
Myra :-)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Playlist For 3/31 & 4/2



What a beautiful sunshine-filled day! I'm ready to start on all my homework for school and find another song to add to my Zumba repertoire. Don't be afraid to suggest songs for me to choreograph - I only have so much time during the semester...I'm going to take a break now and search iTunes. Wish me luck!

CD 6:

Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
Techo Cumbia – Selena
Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
Rakata – Wisin & Yandel
Un Chin Chin – Charlie Cruz (not ZIN version)
Kiss – Prince
Tu No Eres Para Mi - Fanny Lu
Get Down – W7
Estas Enamorada – Limi-T 21
Simarik (Radio Version) – Tarkan
Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
Micaela – Sonora Carruseles
No Ti Pido Flores – Fanny Lu
Do It Well – JLO
With You – Chris Brown

We'll see in ya in your Boogie Shoes this week,
Myra :-)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring is HERE!

 


Well, at least for fashion :-)

Gotta love Gymboree...this time of year!
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Sunday, March 22, 2009



Hello Again!
I just wanted to share my good friend, Crystal McNutt's testimony of Zumba...what a great blessing it is in her life!

If you have a personal testimony to share, email me: marangi6@yahoo.com and I'll be sure to share it here on my blog.

Here's Crystal:

In response to Myra’s question about personal testimonies, I have one. I have always hated working out, I despise going to the gym and always have a countdown going for when I will be finished with a workout. Then I heard of Zumba. I had recently had my first child and was looking for a way to lose that extra baby weight. I have always had a love of dance and was raised with many Latin family dance events. Zumba caught me off guard. It is not like a workout at all, it is a dance party where you can let loose and just have a good time and relax. Not only did it help me lose all my baby weight, but it lightened my spirit when I was having a difficult time as a new mother. There is an energy in Zumba that makes you become addicted to it. I went from hating working out to looking forward to my twice weekly Zumba class. I encourage everyone to expand their horizon and give Zumba a shot. Not only has my outlook changed, but I am now more motivated and excited to try new things!

Crystal McNutt

ZUMBA 3/24 & 3/26


Hola Ladies!

I'm actually doing this early this week! I have a new song by young Latin Pop Star, Fanny Lu...Tu No Eres para Mi - it's a great song and I actually choreographed it myself (as opposed to using Zumba choreography). My kids have Spring Break coming and it'll be then that I'll be on the hunt for more new songs to do :-) Thanks for having patience with me and my "classics" for now. I've only have about 5 1/2 weeks left this semester and then I'll have a month off before Summer semester starts (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment). So until then, enjoy this brand new week and don't ever hesitate to let me know if you have a special request. For you country fans - this week is fer' you!!!!


CD 7: *CD has several songs for W/U and C/D

Funky Town – Lipps, Inc.
Fantasy – Mariah Carey
La Bomba – Ricky Martin
Fuego – Kumbia Kings
Give Me Just One Night – 98 Degrees
Baila Pa Emociona – Zumba Cardio Party
Flamenco Oriental – Dalida
Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow
Mira La – Zumba Orginal Soundtrack
La Tortura – Shakira
Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy – Big and Rich
Zumba Kumbia – Zumba Original Soundtrack
Mony Mony – Billy Idol
Jump In the Line – Harry Belefonte
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Just Breathe – Anna Nalick
Finally – Fergie
No Air – Chris Brown & Jordan Sparks
What Hurts the Most – Rascal Flatts


Forever Dancing,
Myra :-)

Scrapbooking pages...


I'm too lazy to post my SB pages on here right now...so here they are at DropShots.com:

http://www.dropshots.com/marangi6#

My latest obsession, (besides Primas) are American Craft Thickers. I just discovered them, thanks to my SB bud, Rhonnie :-) I'm on the hunt for a good price on the fabric and foil ones. Any suggestions??

Have a great Sunday :-)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Zumba 3/17 & 3/19


Hey Ladies!

Here's the 411 for this week:

CD 4:
Boogie Shoes – KC and the Sunshine Band
Reggae Cumbia – Kumbia Kings
Ojos Asi – Shakira
Car Wash – Christina Aguliera
Torre Babel – David Bisbal
Sweet Escape (Konvict Remix) – Gwen Stefani & Akon
I Like It – Tito Nieves
Que Te Pica – Notch
Luv Like This – Natasha Bedingfield & Sean Kingston
El Baila Del Beeper - Oro Solido
La Casa Del Ritmo – Daiquiri
Eyes on Me – Celine Dion
Mas Que Nada – Black Eyed Peas
Maria – Ricky Maria
Thinking of You - Katy Perry
Walk Away – Paula DeAnda
Tatoo – Jordan Sparks

Gotta cook dinner -we'll see ya this week!
Forever dancing,
Myra :-)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Longer Days!



Welcome everyone! It's Spring Break for me and I'm a happy camper! Here's the playlist for the week of March 10:

CD 3:
Yeah! Usher
Dance With Me – Deblah Morgan
Muevelo – Los Super Reyes
Chiquilla – Kumbia All Starz
Cha Cha – Chelo
Rompe – Daddy Yankee
Stranger – Hilary Duff
Ya Llego – Zumba Soundtrack
Candyman – Christina Aguliera
Baila Esta Cumbia – Selena/Kumbia Kings
Zumba Zumba – Zumba Soundtrack
Somebody’s Me – Enrique Iglesias
To Be With You – Mr. Big

Have a wonderful week - I am...no studying just Spring cleaning, scrapbooking and shopping :-)

Take Care!
Forever in dance,
Myra :-)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy New Session!!!


Hola Chicas!

I hope you're all having a beautiful week - lots and lots of sunshine out there.

For those of you who are again joining me this session, WELCOME BACK! I appreciate your participation in our "Girl's Night Out" (what I'm now calling our Tuesday and Thursday nights together) and it's been such a pleasure dancing with you. You all give me the energy that I need to jazz it up and make your time with me for all its worth :-)

So here's our line up this week - it's a classic...I've had a lot of requests for it so here it is:

ZUMBA 2
CD 2:
***Warm Up is a SURPRISE!
The Way She Moves – Zion
Na Na Na Dulce Nina – Kumbia All Starz
La Negra Tiene Tumbao – Celia Cruz
Cha Cha Slide – Mr. C.
Whine Up – Kat DeLuna
Hips Don’t Lie (Bamboo/2006 FIFA World cup) – Shakira
Zocalypso – Zumba Soundtrack
Sway – PussyCat Dolls
Buttons – Pussycat Dolls
La Copa De Lavida – Ricky Martin
Chihuahua – Countdown
Macerena – Los Del Rio
Cruisin' - Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow (Cool Down)

Thanks again for joining and I hope you have an awesome time this week!

Dancing Forever,
Myra :-)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Whoa,,.I'm posting early!!!




It's a miracle! I actually planned to update my blog a little early this week and I followed through! Life is still going smoothly so far this week and we're all still very healthy, although not eating the greatest :( I found some Kraft Mac and Cheese for .50 at Walmart (I grabbed a whole case) and that'll be our main staple for lunch for awhile. I also have a newfound addiction: TOBLERONE chocolate...Yeah, Baby!!! I got the BIG bar today and each 10th of a serving is 210 calories...there's 10 servings in one bar (it's about from my fingertip to elbow long). And well, even though my study time is very productive and effective lately, I've acquired another habit of eating Doritos and chocolate (TOBLERONE)for my mid-morning snack. And get this...I read in my PSY book that a *little* caffeine helps you retain what you study - so now I feel justified in drinking my usual 32oz Diet Dr. Pepper fountain drink at 9am...I told you all I was NOT a picture of health - nutritionally!!!

So, Zumba Dancers - here's my playlist this week - it's a classic, all of this program I choreographed myself :-) Don't worry, I'll be working on some more new music next week. I have an exam this week...

CD 5:
September – Earth, Wind and Fire
Mi Gente – Kumbia All Starz
Pa Mayte – Carlso Vives
Pon de Replay – Rihanna
La Cadena De Oro – Cabas
Run the Show – Kat DeLuna
Eso Ehh! – Alexis & Fido
Clumsy – Fergie
Mueve La Colita – TPS
Speedy Gonzales – Kumbia All Starz
Soy Diferente – India
Salmoe – Chayanne
I Love Salsa – N’Klabe
Shabadabadaba – La Onda Vaselina
I Hope You Dance – LeeAnn Womack
Get Here – Oleta Adams

Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine! **Side note - I found a MARVELOUS pair of sun lamps (Verilux)at Costco for $35! They work like a charm!! I've been waking up to a brighter morning and I have much better concentration. If you don't have a membership, I can pick one up for you. I recommend this to everyone who struggles with winter blues, but of course, as you all know the ultimate soul-warmer is the real SON :-)

Keep on dancin'...FOREVER!
Myra :-)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Zumba 2/17 and 2/19




Hola!

So, I'm still getting used to listing my playlist each week - forgive me for posting less than an hour before class on a Tuesday!!

What a gorgeous day, today. Life is pretty grand because my family and I are all healthy :-) I hear we're in for another storm? We'll see...in the meantime - let's just DANCE!!!

ZUMBA 10 (This is the same program that I opened the New Year with...)

Warm-Up Song is a surprise (but as usual a 70's song...)
El Pit - Zumba Instructor Network (Mambo-Cha-Cha)
Vide Gal - Zumba Instructor Network = ZIN (Samba)
Tengo Un Amor - ZIN (Bachata)
Love Lockdown - Kanye West (Squats & Salsa)
La Otra - ZIN (Hip Hop/Merengue)
La Comparsita - ZIN (Tango)
El Mambo de la Shorty's - ZIN (Merengue)
Does Your Mother Know? - ABBA (70's)
Reggaeson Son - ZIN - (Reggaeton)
Lagartija Azul - ZIN (Cumbia)
Footprints in the Sand - Leona Lewis (Cool Down)

Thank you all for coming to dance with me each week - without you, where would I be? Have an awesome week!

Myra :-)