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And While My Son Danced Zumba

Thursday, November 29, 2012

For those of you that dont know, Zumba has a special "Zumba For Kids" program called "Zumbatomic" Its fun. My son seriously LOVES Zumba (I do too) and this is the only time its offered.

When my local studio started offering it, it was primarily me and another woman and both of us used to dance with the kids. Great fun was had by all. Sadly, lack of interest forced the owner to cancel the classes after ~9 months.

Zumbatomic recently came back so Child and I have started going again. While I am thrilled to see more kids which gives me hope for its continuation, the current crop of parents DONT DANCE. And while I understand that this is the norm of dance classes (Who's seen a parent do ballet? Jazz? Gymnastics? Even sports: you can help, but not do it WITH them) I am a little bit sad about not being able to dance with my son.

And before you say "Well just go dance with him." You've obviously never seen social pressure in action. The first time we went, I danced quietly on the sidelines and DEFINITELY got more than a few odd looks.

So this is my plan going forward:
Wall sits
Overhead press
Forward arm raises
Side Arm Raises
(Remaining time, stretching)
(I take other suggestions! - She has 5lb weights, but no mats)

I figure I can do these quietly on the other side of the room, away from the chairs and while I'm sure I'll still get some looks, at least it will be obvious that I am quietly exercising. The room is darkish and kept at a "Night Club" feel.

I really would prefer to dance, but there is only so much boat rocking my ego can handle. Sometimes I'm awesome. Sometimes its like being back in HS where I'm just another scared person who is still seeking approval of my peers.

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    I'm late to this party. Too bad the instructor is discouraging parent from doing Zumba. What a missed opportunity for everyone.
    1908 days ago
    emoticon I hope things are 'resolving' now ............. I have a series of zumba CD'S and they are so fun! I can do in the privacy of my living room ......... (Kids are grown now) But it might be a good idea for you to consider w/ your boy? ........ emoticon Otherwise, I think I might just JUMP right in ........... (and ignore the others) .. lol
    1908 days ago
    It is still great you have the opportunity and motivation to do some exercise in the next room, instead of just sitting around!

    Sometimes I see moms sitting in their cars, waiting for their kids to finish their run on the trail, instead of taking a walk themselves too in the beautiful forest, and I'm thinking what a waste if time...

    1909 days ago
    Dance in your head?

    What the heck do they all do, watch the kids like it's a show or ignore them?
    1909 days ago
    I don't have kids, but I'm *that* kind of auntie to my friends kids.
    I would shake it with them, but I agree it would be hard depending on the group of adults there.

    1910 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Talked with Zumba instructor today (at regular class) and she said there were many parents who felt awkward about dancing with their kids and they would come once and not come back. So that's why she made the focus about the kids. She wants to build up to critical mass also so she can offer it 2x per week instead of once and is going to extend to 45 min. All excellent developments for the kids and her business. So I'm going to just suck it up and deal for the time being and do my little ST routine over here.
    1910 days ago
    I second the suggestion to get some Zumba DVDs or maybe a Zumba video game if you have a system. Zumba is so much fun!

    I understand the social pressure to not dance...but maybe eventually you could be the trendsetter that starts getting the parents more involved so they're not just sitting on the sidelines like couch potatoes. :) Sing the praises of exercise and getting involved with your kids! Maybe you can guilt them into it. :)
    1911 days ago
    Could you get some Zumba DVDs to dance to?
    1911 days ago
    As Lady Gaga says,"Just Dance!"

    I'm sure there are a lot of parents on the sidelines who really would like to try the class with the kids, but think they may be too old or awkward. I'll bet if you got out there to do Zumbatronic with your son, MORE parents would join you once they see how easy it is to do.

    So, don't let any rude stares scare you off. Show them how much fun Zumba can be.


    1911 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/29/2012 1:55:50 PM
    Next awesome day, get up and dance. Maybe others will follow. Maybe not. I can relate to being off in the corner on a so-so day - I can't take it some days either. But when you can - DANCE and don't care!
    1911 days ago
  • MARTY728
    Just do it! I would bet all it takes is one then some others will join in! emoticon emoticon
    1911 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    I have different sides to me too - sometimes I feel like I could do anything and I don't mind making a fool of myself. Other times I am scared to call a business to ask what time they are open until! Life is crazy!

    I think we are in control of our feelings sometimes. Little leaps can be tough, but you may be surprised with a good outcome!
    1911 days ago
    Do you know any of the other parents? Perhaps you form a group and then challenge the grumpy parents to a dance off! XD Join everyone together through the power of ZUMBA!

    Seriously though, I think your plan is a good one. It's hard to be the nail sticking out, so to speak. I hope you inspire the other parents. And if you can sneak in some dancing with your kid, I think you should. :3
    1911 days ago
    Hmm, I absolutely feel ya, I would feel very uncomfortable as well. It would be nice to have the kind of confidence to just say "what do I care what they think!" But I think that's pretty rare, and frequently foolhardy.

    What about talking to the instructor? He or she could encourage parents to dance, and although many might not, maybe a few would join you and then you wouldn't feel so weird?

    Otherwise, I like your plan, I would suggest some core work since that's usually pretty low key. Crunches, planking, side planks, bridges, I used to (and need to get back to!) bridging (shoulders on ground, knees bent at 90 degrees with feet on floor and hips pushed to ceiling) and then do chest presses, tricept drops and chest flys. You really have to concentrate on keeping the bridge going, but since you have 5lb weights these might be good. If you have them, you can also bring in heavier weights, especially for the chest pressing.

    Have fun!
    1911 days ago
    I think I would feel uncomfortable too. But like the others have said maybe you can be a positive influence on the other parents!
    1911 days ago
    I'd say dance when you feel up to it! Otherwise, yea, do your workout. You might inspire some of the other parents! :)
    1911 days ago
  • JAS9096
    It sucks that the other parents don't dance with their kids, I totally would be dancing too! Why wouldn't you want to?
    It's fun. It's exercise. It allows you to spend quality time with your kid!

    Good for you though, for "rocking the boat" and exercising on t he sidelines! Who knows, maybe you'll be a positive influence on the other parents.
    1911 days ago
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