...in shared value of its Mission, continues to invoke conscience minds, inspire consciousness into movement, and construct projects of creative innovation that serve to cultivate the spiritual, artistic and economic wellness of initiatives steeped in African multi-cultural traditions and legacy.
...YEEESSS I took my first Zumba® Fitnessclass after long and arduous attempts by my cousin to get me to go her favorite class, at 9:15am in the morning! Heck, she
sent me a free pass, let me select footgear from her sacred vault aaand WE took
class together at Hayward's 24 Hour Fitness Center. Arriving 30 minutes early
was perfect for me, as it allowed me to stretch contracted muscles and
ligaments gained from countless hours on the computer from studying, research
and networking. Today marks a preliminary assessment of stepping up my fitness
regiment, before taking it on the road into campaign mode [launch May 17th]. As there were no Men today[smile]there were a bevy of Women devotees some late
20's, mostly 30's and upward, predominantly Latina with Asian, and I saw some
African-Americans, one of which happened to be a fellow Dancer on the Bay Area
Carnaval scene, pretty mixed. A svelte cocoa-colored, hair flying delightfully
pleasing Instructor/ Dancer Ms. Tennishia Kirtzentered the scene to a now
awaiting class of over 40-- by the end of the class it easily increased past
music began the movement and then we were off! A great cardio workout evenly
paced with easy to follow combos. Tennishia gave you #Dance with authentic
enthusiasm and honey she could move and groove without effort - We danced Salsa,
Bachata, Soca, Samba
Axé, and did a Samba exercise routine for which I was invited to Dance
alongside with her - #RiteOn. She worked us in all four directions, calling out and
whoop-whoop throughout, as the class concluded with my favorite upbeat song - Pharrell's"Happy" and everyone joined in line Dance fashion.
With a smile still upon my face,
some honest sweat along with an honest assessment of the road ahead of me to
train and re-condition my body, I did enjoy the class wonderfully delivered by
Tennishia. I first encountered Zumba via a prototype VHS tape[you do the math]shared with me by my former colleague Carlos
Aceituno, Omulu Capoeira Mestre and Fogo Na RoupaFounder;Betowas a former
student and asked him to check it out and give feedback. Although always encouraging,
I remark upon our informal critique as to how Carlos was equally impressed in the midst of his dismay as a
Dance technician; I chimed in my 5 cents immediately identifying its powerful
Marketing potential and predicted it'd be successful, as his package was
undeniable transcending studio conformity.
HAH! Zumba® Fitnessis a Worldwide
International brand and service -- it's the quintessential “Dance-visa” making Dance
movement accessible to those who may never thought of themselves to be an
Instructor and has extended the careers of many professional Teachers and
mid-career Artists. I’ve witnessed more notably in the Bay Area, Dancers of
Folkloric traditions continuing to share their expertise and step up the
service of #Dance upon the Zumba®scene--Kudos toAlberto "Beto"
Pérez, Zumba® Fitness Creator. Shout out to the Bay's Dahrio Wonder, Entertainment Entreprenuer and Recording Artist with Zumba® Fitness mega hit "ZumbaWorld" [click link] Dahrio "gets it from his Mama", Zumba® Fitness Instructor Willa Willis-Jacobs akaBontle, a beloved Dance colleague and Teacher.
Really, my endorsement is for
those that simply GIVE GOOD DANCE! And YES, Ms. Tennishia Kirtz DID DO THAT - Thank
you Zumba Lady and thank you Zini-KT. ~R.Califa