This year’s International Dance Day landed on a Monday when I only teach STRONG by Zumba and not Zumba.  So with the new #ZumbaBreaks campaign, I decided to do just that… break into a Zumba song in the middle of their workout!  They had no idea so it was a surprise.

Mind you, I have learned that those who love STRONG by Zumba are not fond of Zumba.  They are not dance lovers, but more HIIT lovers (High Intensity Interval Training) so you can only imagine what they felt when they heard that we were going to dance. I’m sure some wanted to kill me… but one song won’t kill them!

Thanks everyone for being such great sports. ❤️

Wow, what an amazing month! What can I say but except that I am surrounded by wonderful friends, colleagues and an even more amazing Zumba community that helped raise money to give to Hogar San Pedro, an organization located in Chosica, Peru who are dedicated in helping children and adults of all ages with special needs and who have been abandoned by their caretakers.  All the residents and staff members were so happy and thankful for the good works we all participated in.

First and foremost, the event was a big success!  Special thanks to Kathy Fontaine who opened up her studio for us to dance in and burn up a sweat.  All the instructors (Alisa, Sandra, Janina, Gabriela, Aryan, Javier and Tamara) did an amazing job and showcased all their different styles and genres that kept the party going for 2 hours.  I seriously could not have done it without this team.  And a very special thanks to all the participants who donated and made my birthday celebration an event to remember.

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Now for Hogar San Pedro.  Located in Chosica, Peru which turned out to be a 2.5 hour drive from Lima, Peru.  My cousin Tito (who is more like my brother) and his wife, Susana, along with my niece, Xiomara, and 6 month old nephew, Luigi, drove us in the heat and traffic to our final destination.  Once we arrived, we were greeted by the staff members who have dedicated over 30 years of their lives in helping and taking care of its residents.

After a delicious lunch (Spaghetti & Meat Sauce along with Papa a la Huancaina, a Peruvian staple), the staff introduced us to all the residents.  I honestly thought I would be crying the whole time, but every face I met smiled no matter what condition they suffered.  I realized my husband and I were there to make them smile, to love them and give them hugs.  With hardly no family to visit them, the fact that visitors from the United States came to visit was exciting and something for them to look forward to.  They all have a special place in my heart now and think about all of them since my return home.

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Thank you again to all who made this long-time dream of mine happen.  I do plan on continuing to hold events and raise money for this organization and hopefully visit again.  With about 20 adults and 9 children, this organization will need help to continue providing for the rest of their lives.  Let’s see what the future has in store ❤️

You are cordially invited to my birthday celebration on Friday, September 21st starting at 7 pm at JK Dance Fitness Studio in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Join me along with my amazing fellow instructors Kathy Alba Fontaine, Alisha Caesar, Aryan Demaret, Vallejo Javier, Janina Johnson, Gabriela Alegre & Sandra Fuller.

I’m also happy to announce our Special Guest Instructor of the night, Tamara Roy from Miami, owner of Nago Academy Miami LLC and former Miami Heat dancer, dancing with us for the 1st time at JK Dance Fitness Studio.

MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO HOGAR SAN PEDRO IN LIMA, PERU (My husband and I will be hand-delivering the funds to the organization)

ABOUT HOGAR SAN PEDRO:
Hogar San Pedro is a non-profit charitable work of the dedicated to the care and recovery of children and adults with limited economic resources, special needs and severe health conditions who have been abandoned by their caretakers.

For more information, please visit their website: Hogar San Pedro Facebook Page

Pre-Sale Tickets $15
$20 at the door
PAYPAL ONLY to zule@zzevallos.com
PAYPAL LINK >>>> https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Z6BBCNQZWE7C4

Hope to see you there!

 

I had the pleasure in being part of Zumba instructor, Kathy Fontaine’s Birthday Bash at JK Dance Fitness in Fort Lauderdale, along with outstanding ZIN instructors, Gabriela Alegre and Aryan Demaret.

Zumba is a great way to get moving, dance to a wide-variety of music genres, make new friends & create a community of health conscious individuals.  Add a couple of energetic instructors in one class and you have a 90 minute fitness party.  And that’s what we did to celebrate Kathy’s birthday.

If you live in the area, or visiting Fort lauderdale to get away from the northern cold, make sure to visit JK Dance Fitness.  Located in Fort Lauderdale’s art district called MASS District (short for Music & Arts South of Sunrise), it’s a great way to burn some calories, meet some locals all while having fun.

For more information, visit JK Dance Fitness’ website for a list of classes available (http://www.jkdancefitness.com/)


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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!

 

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MOVE TO GIVE – A Special birthday Zumba Event at the one and only Youfit Health Clubs (West Boca)

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MOVE TO GIVE MORE!!! Collecting items for the victims of Hurricane Harvey (both humans & pets)!!!

Please join these fabulous Zumba instructors as we come together and help as much as we can for TEXAS!!!

Donate to dance with us Monday, September 25th at 6 pm.  Just show the front desk your receipt of your donation (suggested $5 donation) and dance for a great cause!!! Enter “Youfit”  in the Company Name field and dance for a great cause!!!
UnitedWayHouston.org/flood/flood-donation

Want to do more?!?! I’ll be collecting items (see list on image below) now until September 25th!!! You can donate the item at any of the location & times listed or contact me to meet elsewhere

BIG THANKS TO YOUFIT FOR OPENING THEIR FACILITIES FOR A GREAT CAUSE!!!

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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!

Welcome to lunasol vida! My name is Zule (ZZ) and I am a group-fitness instructor in South Florida who specializes in Zumba® & Mat Pilates. As some of you may know, I recently auditioned to be a Fly Girl for Lisa Marie’s Fly Girl 101 session at this year’s Zumba® Convention (ZinCon) happening July 27th – 30th in Orlando, FL. Follow me as I prepare and transform my fitness level to the best that I can be in hopes of influencing & motivating my students/followers in their own health & wellness journey.