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Zumba got me past a lifelong hangup tonight

Monday, May 02, 2011

My Zumba instructor calls ppl up to lead class on a fairly regular basis. I specifically asked her a few weeks ago NOT to call me up because I'm very self-conscious about dancing in public.

Tonight in class, the instructor asked if we had any requests for routines. Since I have a couple routines I really like and nobody else called anything out, I did. She rewarded me by calling me up to lead. I was less-than-thrilled but decided to go up anyway. I knew there were no body rolls or anything and I could actually do all the moves.

I got thrown because it ended up being a different song than the one I requested--I think she misheard me. It was a bit uncomfortable at first because I was RIGHT at the front of the platform facing a room full of mirrors and ppl watching me. I tend to be pretty good at following along when I'm watching someone else but not that great at remembering the routines otherwise...and she wasn't up there initially. When I was lost as ****, she came alongside me, and I watched her in the mirror and knew what to do. I started getting into it and was okay when she left and only called out the moves. After a little bit, she called up another Zumba instructor to join me and I felt totally comfortable then. I just paid attention to the 2nd teacher to make sure I didn't screw up. I tuned out the rest of class for the most part, though. I didn't get hung up AT ALL on the thought of ppl watching me.

I literally CRIED after my first Zumba class because of how uncomfortable and self-conscious I felt. I NEVER would've believed that 6 months later I'd be leading a routine. Let alone not having it be my worst fear realized.
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MAGNIFICENTMAGG 5/5/2011 8:37AM

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GOLDENDOMER00 5/4/2011 12:29PM

    Congratulations! Everyone else was too timid to say something and you did and then you went further and GUIDED the class... emoticon

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TAMIAMLEXICON 5/3/2011 10:58PM

    great job. you stepped out of your comfort zone, and even if it wasn't perfect, its great that you faced the music (literally and figuratively.)
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CALIGIRLDIANA 5/3/2011 6:09PM

    Way to go girlie that's super awesome!!! You did it! I really like Zumba and not once have I led a routine. So proud of you!!!


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DANCINCAJUN1 5/3/2011 11:49AM

    How absolutely wonderful .... emoticon

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ARTSY_CANDICE 5/3/2011 10:06AM

    That is so great!
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RAINBOWCHOC 5/3/2011 8:16AM

    well done, I wouldn't have been able to do that!
best wishes, Sandra

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BOSTONSUNRISE 5/3/2011 4:40AM

    This is amazing! So proud of you! Look at how many things in your life are changing for the better :-)

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CHUBBY_MOM 5/3/2011 4:32AM

    How awesome you must feel!! emoticon

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TRACEEAST 5/2/2011 11:14PM

    Awesome! I think I would run out of the room screaming if I ever got called to lead my class. I purposely hide in the back row so I am behind everyone! Good for you for making it through! You rock it girl! emoticon

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81WREN 5/2/2011 11:10PM

    That is awesome!!!

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