Thursday, November 18, 2010

Zumba, bacon and hubris

You've probably all heard of Zumba, the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation, somewhat like Jazzercize did back in the day. When I discovered that there are a number of Zumba classes offered in my smallish, rural-ish town, I thought, "Hey, maybe I should 'Join the Party,' as Zumba fanatics apparently say.

Actually, my first thought was, "What? This town is actually hip enough to have Zumba classes? Wow." I mean, not to belittle my town, but we don't even have a Target. Seriously. But I digress.

I went to the class for the first time last week and I attended another one this evening, and I have to say, I really like it. For those of you not in the know, Zumba is basically a dance aerobics class with really great music. The moves are a combination of Latin and, well, I don't know. But they are fun.

One caveat, though: if you are thinking of attending a class, you might not want to make bacon that evening for your kids. Because then, you would come to class reeking of the stuff, even though, you very conscientiously changed clothes before venturing out. Apparently, the stench got in your hair and possibly your blood system, so that when you sweat (and you WILL sweat, let me assure you) you will emit bacon fumes that will make concentrating on the moves extremely difficult. Not to mention how hungry you will be for a good BLT.

I wouldn't be surprised if women leaving the class headed over to Denny's for pancakes and extra bacon tonight.

I didn't seem to have too difficult of a time picking up the steps tonight. I think I really have a knack. I was doing all the cha cha cha, salsa and cumbia moves with no problem, smugly noticing the women around me who weren't catching on as quickly. I had found my groove. This Zumba stuff was for me! I was good.

I wasn't surprised really. I grew up on the south side of Chicago. I was the only white girl at many a quinceanara in high school and later my Latino ESL students taught me lots of great moves. I love Latin dancing.

So, I shimmied and danced and was sure that the teacher had noticed how great I was. I knew she must be wondering who I was and where I had come from. Where in the world had I learned those moves? she mused. What a natural, she thought. I was convinced she would pull me aside after class and insist that I take over for her, no training required.

I was that good.

Then, roused from my reverie, I looked around and realized that I was doing the totally wrong moves, and unfortunately, I caught a fleeting glimpse of myself in the thankfully small mirror. Let's just say I looked as if I had been possessed by an epileptic spirit who loves to gyrate her hips.

It's not actually a very attractive sight. Take my word.

This is why, what I am most grateful for, this Thanksgiving season, is that the lights in Zumba class are kept off. Oh, and that I never tried out for "So You Think You Can Dance."


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Sarah said...

Did you kick your leg like Elaine from Seinfeld? Just kidding. I have a few friends that attended Zumba classes as well and love it. You have inspired me to check a class out this winter! (sans the bacon, of course)

ShesAlwaysWrite said...

LOL! When I first started yoga it was in a banquet room with no mirrors. I felt great, I loved it and I started getting this idea in my head I must look *awesome* all stretched and focused in the poses. Then class moved to a studio with mirrors.
Oh. Maw. Gawd.

Susan said...

So really did you have a BLT when you got home.

@jencull (jen) said...

It sounds like great fun, hasn't made it to this side of the pond yet but I am sure it is only a matter of time. Enjoy! Jen

Heather said...

You don't have a Target??? Oh honey, how do you survive?

Zumba kicks my ass everytime I try it. Then I start laughing so hard at how tied up I'm getting myself that I can't move anymore! Glad you got through it!

Sprite's Keeper said...

Patty! I'm sorry I missed this! (Neglected the blog for the weekend to re-do John's office. WORTH IT. The room was getting ready to declare war on the rest of the house.) I used to love Zumba, but when the teacher singled me out for being completely disjointed and then used the rest of the class to make flirty moves on her reflection, I decided maybe it wasn't for me. (Plus, I think she used botox on her butt. The thing NEVER MOVED..)
At least you're having fun with it! You're linked and thanks for Spinning!

VandyJ said...

We don't have a Target either. Small towns have their perks, but shopping is not one of them.
Enjoy your Zumba. I'm not coordinated enough to pull one of those off.

The Empress said...

Oh, how funny to be here. I just started Zumba 3 wks ago, and I'm with SheWrites.

saw a mirror and Oh.My.Gawd.

Elaine, all over again.