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Friday, October 05, 2012

It's Friday night before a weekend off, and I'm bored. I could be doing chores, but no. I don't want to. At least I'm cooking sauce on the stove for lasagna. That's gotta count for something, right? emoticon I think my husband and I will order in and play a boardgame.

Last night was my VERY FIRST EVER Zumba class where I taught solo! Yay! My mentor had a last minute family obligation come up, so she sent me a text in the middle of the day asking if I could teach. Needless to say at that very instant, I started shaking in my boots! Yes, I have 2.66 (haha) years of experience participating and a just few short months of "helping" her lead class, but this was the first time I was in charge without her there for support as a "participant." I was so nervous my stomach was in knots.

To compound the matter, I was having trouble getting my Tempo Magic app to work on my iPod the previous night WHILE we were practicing at the studio after class. When I attempted to use the app, it bounced back to the apps menu screen every time. I thought to myself "I'll be a monkey's uncle (well, you know what I REALLY thought ;}) if this app doesn't work while I'm here!" I went home that night, and it worked fine. So yesterday I went to the studio early to practice a bit and make sure the app would work. I was relieved to find that it worked out okay, but the nerves were still there.

The first person through the door was a new participant, so I had the advantage of her not knowing what to expect from a Zumba class. emoticon As it turned out, she *really* enjoyed it (woohoo)! There were only a few regulars there, for a total of 7 people. I felt that was the perfect number, being that it was my first class. The other wonderful part is that the regulars are so encouraging! I know I've mentioned this before, but I am such an introvert, and so it's quite the challenge for me to step up and lead a class! They are always there to tell me I'm doing great, and not to be so concerned with screwing up (I make it really obvious when it happens, but that's something I'm sure will diminish the more I teach).

I encountered some technical problems...the sound going out in the middle of a couple songs, having a longer (ahem, about 50% longer) version of a song we do quite often which caused me to forget what comes next, and tempo issues (high intensity songs were too slow and the cool down started off too fast). All in all, not a bad first class! emoticon

Sunday is my next class, and although I'm nervous, I'm not *that* nervous now that I've taught a class on a moment's notice. I think she did it on purpose ;) Hahaha! But really, sometimes you need to just jump in, and that's the only way *I* will ever become comfortable with something new...THROW ME RIGHT IN! :D I liken it to when I first learned how to draw blood...I know, I know, one is poking people with needles and the other isn't, but the same concept applies. Hahaha!
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    That same thing happened to me. My first time teaching Zumba, I got thrown in with an hour's notice! LOL. But all went pretty well.

    I had never heard of that tempo magic. What an intriguing app! :) I really could have used that when I used to teach step!
    1780 days ago
    Congratulations Celtaheart! I'm very impressed! This is spurring me to try to get a playlist together and get prepared because I could see this happening to me. I am not actively pursuing being an instructor (I got licensed in July) but do want to be there if needed for my mentor. Good luck on your class today and let us know how it goes!
    1890 days ago
    Thanks, WI! I agree...I don't think I could have waited any longer, and my mentor was really rooting for me to start teaching! I've always been the type of person who has LOTS of apprehension and thinks the worst could happen, but she has so much confidence in me (more than I have in myself), and I'm so thankful to be working with her! :) Now I'm anxious to really dive in and learn some new choreography! I'm having so much fun already! Not that I didn't before. ;)
    1892 days ago
    Yay! You did it!!! I agree with being thrown in and just do it. If we wait until we feel that we have it down really well, well by then we have missed out on so many opportunities. I wasn't feeling really prepared for my first Zumba Sentao class, but it went a lot better than I thought it would. The people loved it and had a great workout - and that was the whole purpose, right? Keep up the great work! You will be teaching your own classes before you know it!
    1892 days ago
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