Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Playlist for 9/29


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 :-)


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:

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 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 Also check out the Nike Cameo which is another good shoe.

See ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


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 :-)


I did a song from my summer program'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 :-)