The world has been going crazy for Zumba and now I know why!
For the 2nd day of my "30 Days of Dance", I decided to go to the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn to take a Zumba Class.
My friend Lanisha went with me, and seeing that we are both sista's who know how to "work it", we just knew that Zumba would be a piece of cake! WRONG!!!!
This dance class was amazing....it was fun....and it is a WORKOUT!!!
I loved the instructor Lauren Rosenstein because not only was she a fantastic dancer, she looked like she was having fun.....and encouraged everyone, no matter what their skill level, to dance and enjoy themselves! And if anyone still thinks that white girls can't dance, then you are not ready for Ms. Rosenstein....she has moves that put me to shame!!!!
As a plus size woman, attempting to go to a dance class, especially one at a professional dance company can be overwhelming. I am so happy that Lauren made me and all of the women feel like superstars!
After a night of dancing with sexy gay strippers the day before at SPLASH, I was so tired. I am surprised that I even made it through the Zumba class....but I did and I am proud!
Zumba is every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm-8pm for $15 per class.
Here is more info about Lauren, The Mark Morris Dance Center and Zumba!
ZUMBA® is a dance-based fitness class using international music and steps – Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Swing, Tango, Samba, Reggaeton (Latin/Funk), and more. Nonstop energetic routines feature intervals with fast and slow rhythms in addition to resistance training. No partner or previous dance experience required. Recommended attire includes comfortable workout clothes and sneakers with non-marking soles. Two Open Level classes are offered on a drop-in basis.
Lauren Rosenstein is originally from Monroe, NY and began dancing at age 3. She studied ballet, tap and jazz at Mayra Kennett Dance Centre. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dual-major in Dance and Communication Arts. In 2008, she became a certified Zumba Instructor, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer. In January 2010, she went to Uganda to study traditional dance and to teach at local orphanages and private dance schools. Lauren is currently working on her Master's Degree in Dance Education K-12 at New York University. She loves to dance and have fun, especially in the Zumba Party!
The MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP was formed in 1980 and gave its first concert that year in New York City. In September of 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Center opened in Brooklyn, NY, to provide a home for the company, rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, and a school offering dance classes to students of all ages.