Friday, 30 March 2012

MegaMix 28

If you (like myself) thought that MegaMix 27 was bad, what can be said about the latest compilation? MegaBad? Don’t you feel sick of another axé by Ceceu Muniz, another rumba flamenca by Bandoleros? Apart from Nachde Ne Saare, absolutely nothing, I repeat, nothing of interest.

One would think that with so many new ZIN members paying their licence fees, ZIN should have enough money to bring us some decent music. Instead, they send something that I wouldn’t bother downloading for free.

Song List

  1. Merengue con Letra — Merengue *
  2. Barranquillero Arrebatao — Salsa *
  3. Lovumba — Electroflow / Reggaeton *
  4. Todo Duro — Axé — by Ceceu Muniz
  5. Rumbatone — Rumba Flamenca / Reggaeton — by Bandoleros
  6. I Wanna Go — Dance pop *
  7. Baile Privado — Urban Merengue *
  8. Ay Mami — Socaton *
  9. Nachde Ne Saare — Punjabi — by Devender Khannewala
  10. A Heart That’s Full of Love — Acoustic Pop ◊
* Covers
◊ Zumba Fitness originals

Saturday, 17 March 2012

La vida es un carnaval

Spring is here, and the carnival came to Corralejo! So it was decided (a) to move classes to 10 am (by mid-day the sun is getting really hot) and (b) to dress up for the occasion. (And beyond, because in search of carnival accessories I went to FuerChina shop and bought there, among other stuff, the bellydancing hip scarves for €2.90 each.) We had two lovely classes on Tuesday and Thursday.

The new song we tried this Thursday was Busamba (from Aqua Zumba Vol. 5). I think I managed to confuse most of my students with some non-traditional steps, so have to work on cues for it.

This year’s theme is “musicals”. Whatever I am wearing is supposed to represent Berger from Hair. I should say the ’60s wig did not stay on my head longer than warm-up, mostly because I couldn’t see much in it.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Zumba in the school

Once upon a time, I mean, Some time last Autumn, I went to my son’s school, CEIP “Antoñito El Farero” to attend the parents’ meeting. Apart from discussing Timur’s progress, we’ve talked with his teacher about the end of the year school trip, or rather, the ways of raising money for it. I have suggested giving a class of Zumba at the school, and, to my surprise, got an enthusiastic response. Nothing followed though for three months or so. And then... I was asked to do it!

So: on Monday 5 March I did my very first fundraising Zumba class with 25 people attending! Tamara helped me a lot, not only managing to attend the class after her chi kung marathon, but also doing one song with me. (I know, I know, I do have to work on those cumbia steps, but still, I impressed myself by remembering most of them.) Also, several students from my morning class came to support me. All in all I think it was a success. After the class, a number of ladies came to talk and I hope I will get some new students. Most importantly, Spanish audience seemed to like what they saw and did. In the evening, the president of school’s AMPA (Asociación de Madres y Padres de Alumnos) sent an email to all the parents which I found very flattering... Fingers crossed, we will have another Zumba party!

Song List

  1. Anatomic — Warm-Up — by Afro Celt Sound System
  2. Baila Pa Emociona — Calypso
  3. La Fiesta Ya Se Encendió — Merengue
  4. Taboo – Axé / Urban
  5. Toul Omry — Salsa / Bellydance
  6. Tunak Tunak Tun — Bhangra
  7. The Click Song — African / Cha-cha-cha — by Miriam Makeba
  8. La Batidora — Reggaeton
  9. Dança Da Mãozinha — Axé
  10. Rosa — Cumbia
  11. Zu Bailaito — Quebradita
  12. M’Toto — African — by Zap Mama
  13. Last Tango in Paris — Cool-Down — by Gotan Project

Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Click Song

The final result of the last month’s Zumbathon (released on 27 February) is... €7,443.50 for charity! Well done Zumba Lanzarote!

In case you did not notice, I was not writing anything here for the last three weeks. I am pleased to say that the morning classes saw an increase in attendance. (On Thursday 1 March we had 11 Zumber@s, including two gentlemen!) Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the classes in FuerteFusión. Two people at most. Where are all those who wanted the evening classes? As a result, this month there won’t be classes at 19:00. I am taking a two-week break and then the classes will resume at a different time slot. Watch this space!

The new songs we practiced these weeks were La Fiesta Ya Se Encendió (ZIN 36), La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz, Samba De Janeiro (ZIN MegaMix 24), The Click Song by Miriam Makeba and Vivre by Zap Mama.