When I first heard this song, I couldn’t wait to add it to my playlist for my Zumba® class. Sure Zumba® can be high-energy and a non-stop exhilarating hour-long workout, but it’s also good to bring the heart rate down after it’s been up for a couple of energetic songs.  It helps the heart become stronger and build it’s endurance.

Plus, I enjoy when my students can actually learn some dance moves and then add their own flavor to it.  I want my students to dance with me and feel like they can master learning choreo so they can practice it on their own.  No one wants to feel lost all the time, at least I don’t like to.  Once you learn the choreo and hear the song in class, you can dance to it and feel good that you got the choreo down packed.  Then it’s time for a new song, new choreo, and new dance moves to learn.  Learning never stops. Dancing to new rhythms should never stop as well.

I wonder what style of dance or genre of music will be next.  I guess you have to stick around to find out 🙂

To find out my class schedule, go to my Zumba website for all the details!  Hope to see you soon!

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And another one! I’m sorry but I am just having way too much #fun making videos of my routines I use in my classes.  I tend to laugh at myself when I do something stupid or blank out for a milli-second and you might even see that in this video.

This video was recorded at Upload Fitness (formerly known as Pivotal Fitness) in Fort Lauderdale. Since the switch to the new owner, many changes have been made that makes my home gym now my most favorite gym starting off with the studio color. I mean how fun and energetic is that wall color? According to Empowered by Color‘s websites, “With magenta as your favorite color you seek harmony and balance in every aspect of your life; physically, emotionally and spiritually – magenta helps to release old patterns of thinking and behaving that no longer serve you, helping you to grow and move forward to greater balance.”  The website further states, “With magenta as your favorite color, you love to surround yourself with #beauty as it inspires your #creativity.”

No wonder I love this color so much!  Couldn’t describe me better than this which is probably why I was so drawn to the color when I first walked in.  Now my question is, what’s your favorite color?  What does your favorite color say about you? Check out Empower Yourself with Color Psychology to see what your favorite color describes about your personality and comment below with your answers!

 

This is one of my favorite songs to dance to in my #Zumba classes.  Why? Because my students love it and it gives them the opportunity to really get down and have fun with me which is what I strive for in each of my Zumba classes.

One of the biggest challenges I have faced as an instructor is the location of my classes not being convenient for my followers.  I am originally from Miami now living in Fort Lauderdale and I teach mostly in Broward County and even Palm Beach County (which are the 2 counties north of Miami-Dade County). A majority of Miami residents do not travel outside of the 305 and I don’t blame them.  As for me, to drive to Miami to teach and hour long class is not ideal mostly because traffic is so so bad here.  My point is,  I teach all over the place and it makes it difficult for my followers and even friends to take my class. My students that do come to my class are gym members who live locally, which I love & appreciate my local students so much!

Because of this, I record my choreo to the songs I use for my classes to reach my followers so they can dance with me wherever they are located.  And trust me guys, it’s not to become famous because being famous is not my goal in life.  Believe it or not, I am very introverted and reserved to be famous.  I am a shadow and always been a shadow, but this shadow loves music and dance so I create my craft for the rest to enjoy.  Seeing others enjoy my work makes me feel good which is why I continue despite all the obstacles I’ve encountered.

So hit play, make sure it’s on HD (sometimes Youtube reverts it to a low-quality instead of HD which I still need to figure out why?!?), turn up the music and dance with me from wherever you are.  Please make sure you like & subscribe so I know you are dancing with me too.  Full playlists will be coming soon too!

Now here’s a little story I’ve got to tell, about 2 bad chinos you know so well… ha! (If you know the original rhyme, comment below for a chance to win a special prize from me!)

Well this China (a nickname my hubby calls me) decided to audition for a spot in the Fly Girl 101 session, led by the talented Lisa Marie, at this year’s Zumba® convention. In order to audition, you had to learn the routine she choreographed and add the 2 last counts of 8 of your own stylo to the song “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd…. what?!?! I was all in. I wanted to keep it real to my Miami roots, where graffiti is considered colorful art and bust out my gold hoops, nameplate, cross & chain I’ve had since the 90’s. The only thing is that Miami is 20 min for where I live now and the deadline was like tomorrow. Thank God for #FATVillage in downtown Fort Lauderdale where the art culture is blooming. I waited for Chino (my nickname for my hubby aka Jimmy) to come home from work Thursday evening and off we went to go film the video.

Now it was time to film. The sun was setting but man this weather lately has been super hot & humid so I didn’t want to take too long to record it. The idea was to keep it smooth but hit the movements to make it look clean. I am a bit of a perfectionist and did the routine a couple of times… well… more like several times before I was content with the final product. Jimmy saw them all the same and wanted to call it a day. But my eyes could see when my arms weren’t where they should be, or a movement wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be. It was the last shot that I was like, ok… this is it… if it’s not “perfect” in my eyes, then there is nothing I can do about it because it’s hot, he’s hungry, and I’m getting tired. The last shot ended up being the one I submitted and most content with. Finally! Let’s go home.

Now time to edit! Not only did I edit the video to add my name and title of the video, I also edited the song to have a short intro and cut the right section of the song that I danced to. Took awhile but I enjoy editing (not always but this one was fun for me!) Uploaded it on YouTube and emailed it as instructed. I was excited more than I was nervous. It was fun to film something I could relate to, something that is totally me, and the style of dance I grew up dancing especially in Miami.

A week later is when I got the email saying, Congratulations FLY GIRL!!! What?!?! Honestly, tears of happiness came as I called Jimmy to share the good news. We did this together and together we celebrated. Now, I’m sharing the good news to my students and followers. Thanks to everyone who encouraged and believed in me. Can’t wait to share on what’s to come.

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