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?
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.
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!
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!