Thursday, October 30, 2014

Just A Country Girl

This week has been wild and busy! The week before Halloween is filled with school parties, Zumba® fitness parties, football, and everything in between. 

On Monday our Zumba® ladies dressed up to party for Halloween! I went with a cowgirl/country theme naturally. All of my songs were country and I love bringing out my Southern side to a workout that's dominated by Latin and pop music! 

I'd love to show you how adorable all of the costumes were, but I'm pretty sure some of the ladies are pretty shy about having their cute faces plastered all over my blog. So...you just get me. 


I think the toughest part about being an instructor is finding my own style. I appreciate each instructor's unique movements and rhythms but it's kinda tough finding "me" in Zumba® class. I'm this very OCD, country music loving Southern girl who counts steps and patterns in each song. Throw me into a class with all of these Latin rhythms? Hilarious, y'all! But I absolutely love it! Who would have ever imagined?!?

I think most of my regular songs have been influenced by my own instructors over the past year and a half. I think I tend to pick up their styles a lot, but I want to put more of me into it now.


I noticed something last week that has been weighing heavily on my mind. I've lost the fear. I had an amazing opportunity to dance with some of the best Zumba® fitness instructors in the Chattanooga area. I participated in an event that raises money for the LIVESTRONG Foundation supporting people with cancer. 

Not only did I get to dance with two of my favorite girls, but I also got to see other instructors' styles and individuality shining through. I knew the ticket sales to the event were pretty high.... I'd never danced in front of such a large group!.

Once I got there, I was swept up in the excitement and energy in the building. We had a great group of ladies from our regular classes join us and we had the best time. When I jumped up with my group to do our songs, it all happened so quickly. I really didn't even have time to get nervous and it was fabulous!

Afterward, I realized that all four songs were just tons of fun. The fear of messing up in front of everyone, or forgetting the songs, or going the wrong way is just simply gone. I can remember having to have a pep talk right before I taught my first class because I was such a wreck! Now, I don't really even sweat it. I tried a new song this week in class that I learned at the very last minute...no nerves. 


Photo Courtesy of American Henry Photography

I'm excited to discover that the fear is gone and no longer holding me back. I've battled with it quite a bit over the past several months and now I'm ready to focus on the things that bring out my own style in class. And no, it won't all be country! 

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