Monday, September 21, 2009


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 :-)

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