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
  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).

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 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.