7:50am Tuesday 28th February 2012 in News
By Jennifer Meierhans
Zumba party: More than 70 women danced non-stop for two hours for Kemp Hospice.
MORE than 70 energetic women Zumba danced non-stop for two hours to raise £3,000 for Kemp Hospice.
The enthusiastic bunch packed into Kidderminster Town hall, some having experienced the dance craze before, while for others it was all new.
“Many of the ladies said they could have carried on for longer which I’m sure was down to our three fantastic Zumba instructors, Sandra Todd, Donna Eccleston and Juliet Gill who led the non-stop
two-hour Zumbathon dance party, “ said organiser, Kate Wilkinson, Kemp Hospice Fundraiser.
“It is anticipated that the Zumbathon will raise £3,000 for Kemp which will be put immediately to continue the care for local people dealing with life threatening illness.”
The hospice’s facebook page has been busy since the dance off with photos, videos and comments from everyone at the event, find them at facebook.com/kemphospice.
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WHITEWATER A “Zumba for Trey” event will be held Sun., March 4, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Whitewater High School gym, 534 S. Elizabeth St. Registration will be held from 1-1:30 p.m.
The requested amount is $20 for adults and $10 for children for those who attended the 2011 Zumba event and $25 for adults and $15 for children who are new registrants. A “Zumba for Trey” T-shirt will be given to all participants.
Proceeds will go towards the Treyton Kilar Field of Dreams, a fundraising effort to build a youth baseball field in Whitewater, in memory of Kilar, a 6-year-old Whitewater boy who was killed in a drunken driving crash in 2010.
To date, the Kilar family has raised a little over half of their goal of $474,000, the cost of a 225-foot, youth-sized field with concrete dugouts, fencing, concession stand and lights.
In 2011, a “Zumba for Trey” event raised over $2,000.
So you think you can dance?
Lace up your dancing shoes, put on some comfy workout duds and get over to the newly opened Sassy Cap Dance Fitness in Hoboken, offering Zumba fitness and Zumba toning classes. The Latin-inspired fitness craze is a fun mix of cardio-conditioning and total body toning.
Jeannine Severino, instructor and founder of the fitness company (she named it Sassy Cap due to her frequent donning of a newsboy cap) is a New Jersey native who has been teaching a variety of group exercise classes for more than 20 years and dancing since she was 4. Teaching Zumba fitness has been her passion for the last four years.
“Zumba fitness is the absolute perfect format for me. It combines my love of dance with my love for fitness,” Severino said. “The Zumba fitness format gives me the freedom to be creative and passionate and share it with the world.”
Set to mix bag of Latin and international beats, with a few of the instructor’s choices added to the playlist, the class teaches students choreographed Latin-inspired dance steps (and an occasional hip-hop move). The music makes you want to move and the steps repeat allowing even the uncoordinated the ability to follow the instructor’s cues.
Severino considers herself the host of this fitness dance party, which she describes as a total body workout in disguise.
“Expect to smile, sweat and have a blast. It’s so much more then an exercise class, it’s a lifestyle,” Severino said. “Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get all the steps your first time, it’s totally OK. It takes about four classes and then I bet you will be addicted like the rest of us.”
Retired Hoboken Firefighter Matt Buoncuore, 62, tried his first Zumba class with Severino only after being dared by a brother firefighter.
“I love to dance at weddings but I was just a freestyle, stiff kind of white boy dancer. Choreography scared me,” he said. “I am always one to not be afraid of making a fool of myself, so I decided to give Zumba a try. Once class started I questioned why I decided to do this. It seemed I was going right and everyone else was going left. My brother firefighter was there and he seemed to have the general idea. Jeannine had said it would take me a few classes to get the hang of it. Well, in time I started to understand the fundamentals of Zumba and choreography. Once I truly got the hang of Zumba, I realized how much of a workout it was and I was slowly losing weight doing it. After two years I cannot see myself not doing Zumba. I feel addicted.”
The location opening was celebrated by 54 “sassycappers” Feb. 18 with a 90-minute master class. The spacious, sunlit studio was filled to capacity with the lucky participants who registered early for this special class, leaving many eager to shake and shimmy their way to a better body unable to join the party.
Those in attendance had a blast working up a mean sweat and enjoying healthy treats provided by Lynda Lyang the “Healthy Hoboken Girl” — health coach and healthy living blogger — and a champagne toast. Some sassy steppers left with T-shirts and door prizes.
Severino also took time to thank everyone for attending and presented flowers to a handful of her students and friends who helped make her opening a huge success.
“The opening class was magical and inspiring. As I looked out at all of the smiling faces I saw some people who have been taking my classes for over 15 years and also all the new friends I have made all together in one room.” Severino said. “We danced our butts off and had a great time! The support I have received from my students has been overwhelming.”
Hoboken resident Samantha Pianko was impressed.
“I have been taking Zumba for a few years, but it wasn’t until Jeannine’s classes that I got more then just a workout from the class,” Pianko said. “I have never seen the passion that she has ever before. … You walk out of her class and not only have had a great workout, but you also feel better about yourself! She truly is a an amazing person and I am so happy to have an instructor like her.”
The new dancing and fitness headquarters is located at 127 Grand St. ( same entrance as CKO Kickboxing).
Registration is open for the first four-week session beginning on Monday, March 5. Visit sassycapdancenfitness.com to register and purchase class packages. No membership fees. There is a limited $10 drop-in class schedule until Thursday, March 1.
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Parties aren’t just about alcohol or loud music any more. Fitness beach parties have finally made it to Chennai Every year thousands of Zumba practitioners from across the world gather in Miami for a beach party and dance their weight woes away.
Now, Chennai is also gearing up for a first-of-its-kind party. Says Vajiha Anwar, who runs Miss-fit and is all set to host the city’s first Zumba Beach Party on March 3, “Fitness parties are big abroad, and they are a lot of fun. Beach parties in our city tend to be the usual – loud music, alcohol, etc. I had watched a lot of videos of Zumba beach parties and decided to host one.”
Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness programme performed to great music. So what is a zumba beach party? “For starters, the dress code is fitness clothes.
Everyone gathers at the beach resort by 5.30 pm and slowly starts warming up to the music played by the DJ,” Vajiha explains.
After the warm-up, some mild Zumba moves are taught to everyone in attendance. An hour or so later, an intense workout session begins with Zumba in full swing.
The city will also see international Zumba trainer Timmy N. from Australia, who will lead the crowd through some authentic Zumba moves.
“Zumba parties have healthy foods, music and a lot of dancing. Because people have so much fun they don’t realise that they are exercising,” Vajiha explains adding, “Soups and salads and a lot of fun dancing will be the highlights of the evening.
The workout will last till around 9 pm and then for those who want to party some more, the DJ stays on and plays club music and that’s when the beer starts flowing!”
You can’t teach old wrestlers new tricks — and several WWE icons proved it last week, during a hilariously left-footed Zumba class … and TMZ has obtained the clumsy footage.
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan … along with WWE legends like Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Hillbilly Jim, Pat Patterson, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Howard Finkel, and Tony Atlas all hit the dance studio in Palm Springs … and shocker, we’re told it’s for an upcoming reality show.
Sources tell us the show still doesn’t have a home … but we’re told the WWE is hoping to run it on its upcoming network.
(BRONSON, IA) A statewide program is helping kids learn all the right moves to live healthy. Bronson Elementary is using part of a $500 Live Healthy Iowa grant to introduce music-filled Zumba exercise classes. Preschool and first grade students lined up and danced their way to better health Monday morning as part of an 8-week program. Those involved say it’s rare to find exercise that gets students excited.
“Sometimes, the kids, they don’t know certain steps, especially because Zumba is more Latin style, so I have to really break it down to their level, and just let them have fun with it, and not make it too hard, because I want them to enjoy it,” says Lexi Hanna, Zumba Instructor.
“They have absolutely loved it, last week we didn’t have school because of President’s Day, and they said, oh, we don’t have Zumba this week, so they’re very excited that we have Zumba today,” says Mary Siepker, 1st Grade Teacher.
The school hopes to get all elementary students involved in the Zumba program.
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