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…
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?
Ummm….I tried Zumba last summer for the first time!! All those hip moves – I just end up doing my own thing and sometimes I had extra hops instead of pelvic thrusts (or whatever that move is called). It was completely out of my comfort zone but I went consistently for quite awhile! Sounds like your experience was pretty awesome!1
I think that is the best way to experience class! I encourage everyone to try dancing because it is not about the steps but about having fun and moving to the music. As long as you enjoy what you are doing and don’t get too caught up in the technicality then I think it is a success!
Wow, this was such a big thing for you! I am excited from California. 🙂 I would jump all over Brad Pitt but I know what you mean about geekin’ out toward people big in your hobby. My knees were shaking when I met a chef at a really popular restaurant here in SF. 🙂
I share your feelings about master instructors. I absolutely live for the opportunities to take Les Mills classes from the master trainers and dare I say the developers. I cannot wait for Mega quarterly this summer in New Orleans! This looked fun. She even looks phenomenal.
I used to go to those back when I lived in Sydney! I took a BodyJam class with G and it was amazing! I used to love trying out all the different classes. I think the energy these master instructors bring is phenomenal!
This looks so cool! If I met Kathryn Budig I’d probably pass out at her feet. Just sayin 🙂 Looks like a blast….I’ve only done Zumba once with my mom but I did enjoy it! Maybe I need to try it out again.
Wow, that Zumba class looks amazing! I can’t believe I still haven’t tried Zumba yet. There’s a Zumba class right after one of the classes I go to at the gym and it looks like a lot of fun! You look darling, btw.
Excellent workout as always. It's challenging, fun and easily one of my favorite workouts!
Fantastic class! Great technique pointers. Always new exercises to challenge oneself!
I am excited to take classes with Brittany in person this summer! I have followed Brittany online for some time. I particularly like the Barre and Pilates workout videos. Her workout techniques reflect current thinking and best practices. She supports all levels of fitness. Definitely worth a try!
Brittany is the BEST. She is inspirational, motivational and innovative. No two classes are ever the same. I'm sad when the summer classes end, but I'm looking forward to checking out her online classes this fall and winter.
My wife and I decided to give Balance Barre Fitness a try and we were not disappointed. We thought the classes would be pretty easy but were surprised at how rigorous they were. The class was great for working on our coordination and core strength. I don't get to many ...