11 thoughts on “It’s Zumba! (hey!)

  1. Oh, man. I was rolling when I read this. Let’s just say that rhythm / coordination / ability to remember a dance routine, or lack thereof, is definitely genetic and I’m right with you. I took a class in aerobic dance to fulfill an undergrad PE requirement and after an entire semester of learning a single routine, I was still turning left while the rest of the class was turning right. And don’t even get me started on the wedding reception when I was determined Rob and I would dance with everyone else. He will have to tell you that one. Good for you though for being a good sport!

    • I would love to hear Rob’s story :) And, as you can see from my aunt Sue’s comment above, the Smiths and the Barretts appear to share one thing in common: NO DANCING.

  2. This is top-shelf writing, K. Truly. Humor without relying on “in” colloquialisms, pathos, structure, a beginning, middle and end. Hats off to an excellent post.

    PS: Although Zumba looks fun, I harbor a hatred for it because the instructors at my gym play the music at a volume just shy of shattering the concrete foundation. It’s about double what I can turn my iPod up to without bursting my ear drums, which means when we overlap, I have to work out to Latin dance music — lovely, but not my workout music of choice. They say they have to leave the doors open because otherwise it gets too hot. This is in a room that could house 2-3 blimps — tethered, not grounded. I’m sure those two little open doors make all the difference. Grr.

    • 1. a compliment from you on my writing is a compliment I cherish. Thank you.
      2. your comment about blimps still makes me laugh and I think this is the 4th time I’ve read it.

  3. dear. god. i dreamt we went AGAIN and it was yet another instructor, but not isis. so, i had to promise to do it all over AGAIN!!! worst.nightmare.ever.

  4. I have never laughed so hard. I enjoyed this post it was wonderful. I can tell you got the Barrett Genes. I don’t have any dance ability either. :P

  5. Oh, my, I am rolling on the floor in laughter. You have SO accurately described a Zumba class. Except my Zumba teacher never asked who was new. No eye contact, just follow the leader, ho hum. And I LOVE dancing, too.

    But yes, though I am a good dancer, I found it difficult doing moves like that in a room with far too many gleeful participants.

    I now dance on my own in an empty aerobics room at my Health Club. Studying for a Group Fitness Certification and hope to actually run a class that people can ACTUALLY follow.

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