Anywho, enough complaining. One thing warmer climates don’t have are awesome Zumba classes with Z Club NY! You may remember the class I went to in November Swing Meets Street? Well, I enjoyed it so much I decided to dive right in and sign up again! This class was featuring Loretta Bates. Holy moly guys! She is HUGE (not literally-literally she is tiny). She is featured on the Zumba Exhilarate DVDs, Zumba video games like Zumba Core (one of my favorites!) and numerous Zumba ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) DVDs. This is a legit master class. Side note- I swear I could see Brad Pitt walking down the street and be like “Ehhh” but give me a Zumbalbrity or blogger and I fall all over myself. Although I admittedly took a shameless amount of photos of Bethenny Frankel at the SELF Workout in the Park…
Ok I digress. This master class was something else. It was 90 minutes of heart pumping, booty shaking, neon flashing fun. It was just one of those classes that has you smiling while you are sweating. Loretta has the most amazing teaching personality. She really interacts with the students, which I think any instructor would tell you is really hard to do in addition to remembering the choreography, keeping with the music, cueing and oh yeah, working out. Each track was more fun than the last track. I loved that everything felt really fresh because sometimes choreography can feel so tired like you’ve done it all before. Not this class. It definitely kept me on my toes!
In addition to Loretta, we had a ton of other awesome Zumba ZES (Zumba Education Specialist) instructors including: Nick & Chris from my last master class, April “Smiles” (who trained me!) and many more. You may even recognize some of these characters from the DVDs.
Besides Loretta’s amazing choreography, a few others stuck out in my mind as a ton of fun: a bellydancing number that totally worked my core and a Bollywood track that was pretty out of this world. It was the most hardcore Bollywood ever.
Another highlight was towards the end when all the ZES instructors got on stage for “Canned Heat.” First of all, I have loved that song ever since the movie Center Stage. Second, it was so cool to see everyone up there together dancing to such an upbeat and fun song. It’s funny how something so simple can really transform the feeling of a class, right?
At the end Loretta did “I Like How It Feels” from Zin 46. Holy cow! I love watching the DVD but the real life version was so much better. I felt like my entire body was radiating energy, which might have just been an extreme endorphin high. Just sayin.
This was such an amazing opportunity from Z Club. They have awesome regular classes (my favorite instructors are Irina and Emily!) but their master classes are on a whole different level.
Readers, have I convinced you to try Zumba yet? Do you geek out like I do over “celebrities”? Do you think you would say “Ehhh” if you saw Brad Pitt walking down the street?