It’s been a long, cold winter here in Vermont – and it’s not over yet. But things are definitely heating up in my world. I’ve been renting space in a local studio to practice routines and choreography for my Zumba® Gold Class that will be starting in late March.
It’s feeling more real with each passing day. A couple of weeks ago I went through the training to volunteer inside the Correctional Facility. I’ve ordered my sound system and an iPod Nano (can’t take iPhones inside!). I’ve been working on my music, my cuing and most importantly – my nerves.
I’ve got a set of music I love. I hope that the women in the facility feel the same way. It’s all fun, sassy, lively music. I’ve got choreography/routines created for all except the cool down song. While I know what I want for the cool down – I haven’t yet found the “one hot step” for it. I know it will come. It always does if the music is right!
At the same time, one of the other local instructors and a truly good friend, Lori Preiss and I are working on bringing a Zumba Jammer to Vermont for a weekend of master classes for students and Zumba instructors. Lori’s been a day to day personal inspiration and cheerleader to me and I can think of no one else that I would rather be working on this project with.
This fall we travelled to take a class with Diane Felkenes in Massachussetts and came back with an amazing wealth of information, lots of laughs and a few sore muscles. We talked length of the whole ride back…”We’ve got to get her to VERMONT!” And so, with the support of OUR own instructor Allison Dincecco (who also is a Zumba Jammer), we’ve taken the initiative to bring her here.
The capstone of the weekend? The FIRST EVER Zumba Gold® Master Class. Zumba Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere.
Diane has said, “My most current passion is to create Zumba programs for rehabilitation facilities and retirement homes for both staff and residents. I believe that the Zumba program is the perfect solution to the challenges of living under inactive conditions and I am happy to share my ideas with everyone!”
We’re excited to learn and laugh and sweat a lot with Diane!