Saturday, 10 October 2015

CPDRC Dancing Inmates

Here’s one amazing dance routine performed by CPDRC Dancing Inmates (Cebu, Philippines) as featured in Ron Fricke’s 2011 epic Samsara.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Returning is as easy as 1-2-3...

Just checked if they still list my non-existing classes on Zumba website. Yes, they still are there. Can I delete them? The answer is still “nope”.

I’m logging in. (Yes I still can do it, I guess till the end of June.) That’s what I see:

Dear Instructor,

We are sorry that you have decided to cancel your membership and we miss you! We would love for you to come back as we have added new features and benefits. Remember, you have 1 year from your date of cancellation to rejoin ZIN™. To avoid losing your Zumba license when you Training expires, be sure to re-join.

Returning is as easy as 1-2-3...

Step 1: pay a $175.00 reinstatement fee

Step 2: rejoin ZIN and come back to the party

Step 3: take an easy, 45 minutes online refresher
Easy-peasy. Wait a minute. Not that I wanted to rejoin. But it’s the first time I read about the reinstatement fee. It definitely was not mentioned in that parting email from Zumba when I cancelled my membership:
Zumba Fitness is sad to see you leave ZIN. Remember that you can reactivate your membership instantly within the next 12 months – or anytime after that by taking another Basic Training.

So, dear ex-colleagues, if you think of taking a break, keep this in mind.

Friday, 26 July 2013

You gotta move

A year ago, more or less, I wrote:

With or without Zumba, I’m here to stay.
Well I stayed one more year with Zumba, didn’t I. And in a week’s time, I’m going. How’s that? You Gotta Move.

So... No regrets. It was a great experience. Thank you all who came to my classes. But for now, the shop is closed. I am looking forward to the new adventure.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The show must go on

My, the new Zumba website is a mess.

I told them I quit. They know that too. Yet my official profile still lists my classes as if nothing happened. I know, I should have removed them myself last week, but I forgot. Let’s do it now.

I’m logging in. That’s what I see:

Dear Instructor,

We are sorry that you have decided to cancel your membership and we miss you! We would love for you to come back as we have added new features and benefits. Remember, you have 1 year from your date of cancellation to rejoin ZIN™. To avoid losing your Zumba license when you Training expires, be sure to re-join.

To re-join ZIN™, just click on the link below.

No, I really just came here to remove my classes.

What? It doesn’t look like I have the ability to do it. Let’s check what My Announcements say.

MY ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have good news!

As you know, your license to teach has now expired.

So what is the good news?

You can reinstate your license by taking another Basic 1 Instructor Training course, or simply by re-joining ZIN. You are now within your grace period to re-join ZIN and avoid starting over the complete Zumba instructor process.

To re-join ZIN using a credit/debit card just Click Here.

If you do not have a credit/debit card, please contact us and we will be glad to help you.

OK, that was not helpful.

Writing a letter to Support. Whoever created that interface, should be banned from web design forever.

Hello,

Last month, I cancelled my ZIN membership. Therefore, starting July 1st, I do not expect any classes to be listed on my profile. I do not want people to get misleading information. However, when I go to my website, I still can see the classes listed. When I log in to my Zumba account, I seem not to be able to edit the "classes" section any longer, so there is no way for me to remove them from the web. How can I do that?

Best regards,

Kirill

This morning, I got the response. I keep the spelling intact.

Dear Kirill,

Thank you for contacting Zumba Fitness. We are sorry that you left our ZIN family.

We are happy to assist you. Unfortunately you neither us cannot make changes to your website from our systems ones you cancel your ZIN membership. Please have in mind, that your name does not appear anymore under "Find an instructor", so it will be more difficult for people to enter your website. We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing.

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Yes I have one more question. Have you heard of search engines?

Anyway, it seems that the only way to correct it is to re-join ZIN, which I have no intention to do yet.

On my good days, I tend to think that humankind is not intrinsically evil. Just dumb.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

ZIN 45th and the last

In case you forgot how Beto and Gina look like (a helpful hint: you saw them last time), they are back. And what they do is not getting any better. You can imagine how glad I am that this is the last ZIN volume I’ve suffered.

The audio track (I refuse to call it music) is awful. The choreo is... matching. With the singular exception of Violint, which at least is funny at times. As for Beto: it must be not that comfortable to dance with a hoody around his waist. Even if it were, it does not look nice.

ZIN 45 Song List

  1. DJ Dale Play — Electro-Latin — by Mara
  2. Violint — Oriental-Latin Fusion ◊
  3. Tu Sabes que te Amo — Salsaton * ☙
  4. Bailando por Ahí — Merengue Electrónico * ☙
  5. La Escalera — Electrolatin — by Natalia Betancurt feat. Estefano ☙
  6. Tacatá — Electrodance * ☙
  7. I Came Here to Party — Dance ◊
  8. Bom Bom Bom — Brazilian Funk ◊
  9. Marioneta — Cumbia ◊
* Covers
◊ Zumba Fitness originals
☙ Spicy Lyrics

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

You will be missed

Dear friends,

Today I did something that I was thinking of doing (but kept postponing) for the last six months. I cancelled my ZIN membership.

The new Zumba website is not the easiest one to navigate. But this is how it’s done:

  1. Log in with your instructor Username and Password at zumba.com.
  2. Click on the “My ZIN Account” link of your ZIN Menu.
  3. Select “To cancel your account, click here” link, located in the Payment Information section of the My Account Summary page.
It is rather straightforward. There are four steps to complete. During each of them, there is a possibility to cancel the whole process. Obviously, ZIN does not want to part with me (or, rather, my money).
YOU WILL BE MISSED

Dear Kirill,

We are very sorry to hear that you no longer wish to be a part of ZIN. Because it is our mission to make ZIN Members successful, we would like to share some suggestions before you make your final decision.

It seems like we never have enough time to get everything done. You are not alone. But consider the fact that teaching helps you commit to a workout routine that benefits you and those around you! Even one weekly class is a perfect way to leave the stress behind.

And by taking advantage of the multiple income-generating opportunities, you can increase your profit. You can do this by re-selling Zumbawear® purchased at a discount rate, or by joining the Zumbawear® Wholesale Program for an even larger profit margin.

Well the last passage contains something that I actively dislike in Zumba, so it was unlikely to stop me. “Even larger profit margin”? You got to be joking.

Interestingly, they ask you to choose one (and only one) reason for leaving and at least two things that I find useful about ZIN membership (apart from the music and choreo). Fair enough. It’s important to be more positive than negative. Anyway, I already forgot what were those two things I ticked.

My license is valid till the end of the month. After that, don’t even ask me about Zumba classes.

By cancelling your membership, you forfeit the rights granted under the ZIN Membership and License Agreement. Your classes will no longer be posted on zumba.com. You must immediately cease use of the Zumba trademarks, copyrights, logos and other Zumba marketing materials. You may not post promotional Zumba videos online, make commercial use of Zumba Fitness’ original music, or maintain a domain name containing the word Zumba.
As I mentioned before, Zumba Fitness did not invent the word “zumba”. Therefore, their claims on domain names containing this word are groundless. Not that I am going to use their trademarks etc. But I plan to keep this blog where it is. Just as a memento.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

MegaMixed bag

OK I have to admit it: MegaMix 35 is not all bad. Reggae-merengue Estoy Enamorao by Colombian Grupo BIP could have been perfect if not for annoying voice distortion. But... Zumbified 99 Luftballons? Seriously?

The best track is Banjaara from the 2012 Bollywood blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger.

MegaMix 35 Song List

  1. Estoy Enamorao — Merengue — by Bip
  2. Mambo Lives — Mambo *
  3. No te Veo (Remix) — Reggaeton * ☙
  4. Tu no te Sabe Mover — Dembow — by Eduar2 El Romologo ☙
  5. 99 Luftballons — New Wave *
  6. Como Le Gusta a tu Cuerpo — Vallenato *
  7. Me, Myself, and Music — Club / Dance — by Dahrio Wonder
  8. Banjaara — Hindi Pop — by Sukhwinder Singh
  9. Si tú Quieres — Techno Merengue — by Fortuna & Fuego
  10. Promise — Bachata *
* Covers
◊ Zumba Fitness originals
☙ Spicy Lyrics