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Friday, February 11, 2011

Lots of potential, yet a bit of frustration. Planning to volunteer to teach Zumba Gold February 15th, have learned that all participants will be in chairs or using a chair for balance, yet there might be a few who want to do more "dance", so it will be a stretch to meet everyone's hopes for exercise. Where I am to volunteer is quite nice, and yet I am feeling a bit oppressed that it is necessary to run a back ground check/criminal check on me and I am to complete an on-line orientation program which I have 2 more hours to "learn", having completed 4 hours so far...... Seems complicated to volunteer to teach something good, an exercise class for seniors........ All seems a bit unbalanced. I chose this facility because a fellow Zumba classmate works for part of it, but I am guessing that many would be the4 same...... I have a playlist worked up, but not too much enthusiasm at the moment to practice it.....

And the teaching of my own Saturday Zumba Fitness classes in March? The studio owner and I seem to be having "artistic differences". She has kindly let me lead from 3 to 5 dances each hour of the two weekly classes she is letting me attend for free, and I have been available to substitute twice last year (one class had two attend and one had none....). She is a skilled ballroom dancer and I took Zumba Fitness classes from her years ago, before becoming licensed myself. Though Zumba encourages us to face our students, she feels it is too confusing to the class, so I am to relearn to do the routines with my back to them. Though I am called on to lead certain dances, she leads them with me at the same time and, has just now told me to not do any new ones until she has learned them, as it is too confusing to the students about whom to watch.......??????? These are workable, but our phillosophies really are different when it comes to how to "Ditch the workout and join the party". Our warm up is specific rib cage isolation exercises, rather than warm up for doing the dances which incorporate the moves and the cool down is crunches, leg splits, bicycles and other activities which I do not think have anything to do with Zumba moves.....we are NOT in a competition for limberness, but it is supposed to be fun. We each have our own flavor. One main instruction is to feel the music and it is all supposed to be fun.....not work..... The dances themselves are the exercises toning and the aerobic fun part. Never at any Zumba function nor on any Zumba DVD have we done such repetitive exercises, which I associate with a workout. I do attend other Zumba Fitness classes and know how fun it can be, and I am trying to incorporate the "best" of each class in my own routines. Sounds like it is time to branch out and find my own class to do...... I am grateful for the opportunity I have had at this studio though and, even now, think that maybe I can still teach a class once a week.
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