Saturday, February 02, 2013
I am really bummed out about Yuliya (my favorite instructor) at Baila (the zumba studio I go to) leaving.
About a week and a half ago, it was announced that she was leaving-due to moving to Florida. She is so inspiring, infectious and talented and was a big reason why I have come to love zumba. She is a belly dancer and taught the classes for that there as well. It all started because I was looking for belly dance classes here and stumbled upon the zumba studio offering them once a week. Walk ins were fine-it wasn't the typical class. I had never been to a belly dance class like it before- but I loved it. Sadly, 2 weeks after I found it, they announced they were dropping it and replacing it with a zumba toning class instead. I was sad and sat around for a couple of weeks thinking I needed to DO something. I loved the atmosphere at the studio and thought maybe zumba would be ok, but was terrified to go. I decided that I would try it out, BUT I would do it with her as the instructor, because I was familiar with her a bit and she was just so infectious and fun- SO, I went. Here we are, about 11 months later and I have not missed a class of hers since I made that decision. they brought belly dance back for 8 weeks at one point and I also attended all of those. She got me out of my shell enough to go onstage with her at her zumba classes and that is something I had told her in the beginning I would never do (they have a stage, and if you want to go up with them you can). She always made sure to say hello and give a hug before class and make you feel like she genuinely cared about you. (It's not really like that with the other instructors). So, as I sit here crying *again* I just want to say that she holds a special place in my heart and she will be missed. I wish her and her family well. Her going away party last night was great, and I'm glad I was a part of it and got to dance with her once more. *there was food, vodka and dancing involved ; )
Man, I feel like such a wimp- I keep crying about this. Ugh...
At least we are friends on Facebook-so there is that.
Hopefully, we can dance together again someday