What’s a better way to kick of the week than with new tunes? It’s a new month and that means new Zumba music! And this is when I realize the shame that I still haven’t used and songs off the ZIN from last month. Yikes. Gotta add that to my to-do list. Anyway, let’s check out what’s on this month’s Mega Mix shall we?
What is Halloween week without Thriller? I mean really! I can’t NOT do it. I only bring it out once/year and only for a handful of classes and it would seem almost criminal to not to the most iconic Halloween song of my generation.
Because I’m a super nerd, I know the entire Thriller dance from the music video but that is much too complicated and involved for teaching in Zumba, so I’ve created this routine which simplifies it down to around 6 moves.
Because it’s a longer song and the moves don’t follow the Zumba formula I generally take 2-3 minutes to go over all 6 moves before I start the song so everyone has an idea of what is about to go down. 😉 This is also the only regular Zumba song where I will verbally cue now and then to tell people what is coming next. Every time I’ve done it I’ve been really impressed with all my participants – in fact this week I taught it to my after school program kids (mostly grade 4’s) and they were great!
Unlike the other routines I shard this week, this one does take a fair amount of musical memorization, but as long as you know the basic moves it’s easy to tell when the chorus is coming up and otherwise you just repeat as you need.
The video is pretty laughable, you seem much less insane when doing these types of things with other people around you. Or at least I like to think you do. 😉
If you give it a try let me know how it goes!
Hey there! Here is another of the routines I’m using this week as part of my Halloween classes. Time Warp might not seem super Halloween-y until you realize it’s from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and is just a fun (and crazy) song to toss into the mix.
This routine is a bit more complex (though not much) than the one I shared on Tuesday, but is still easy enough to follow that participants catch on pretty darn quickly.
The song is pretty straight forward and easy to memorize after a few listens, so if you are looking for a last minute festive routine this might do the trick!
Happy Halloween week!!! I was intending to post one video on Friday, but when I was on periscope earlier I was chatting with Nakia about Halloween Zumba and decided what the heck, I’ll go record a few videos right now, so I will be sharing them this week.
When I do special holiday routines like this I keep the choreography super, super, simple. That way people can relax and enjoy the (usually crazy) songs and follow the routine without much difficulty. There are of course a few that are more complicated, but this certainly isn’t one of them. The song La Cumbia de los Monsters is one I bought from iTunes and is by Los Reyes Locos. Anyone who is familiar with The Munsters will recognize this as a play on that theme song which makes it a fun Halloween tune.
In addition to keeping it simple, I also keep it low impact so I can use it for both regular and Zumba Gold classes. If you get a chance to use it in your class (or do it just for fun), I hope you enjoy it!
Why is it that short weeks like this week almost always seem longer than regular weeks? I think because I was so busy last weekend it felt like I never really got a day “off” so it’s not surprising that it was late last night before I realized I didn’t have a new video shot for this week’s Fitness Friday. Gah!!
Luckily for me I have a couple videos that I have on standby for times like this, so today I’m using one of those. 😉
Limbo is a Daddy Yankee routine I’ve been using for probably two years (or more), and I wasn’t entirely happy with how this video turned out so I hadn’t shared it until now, but I figure it’s better than nothing!