Ditch the Workout—Join the Party!
On Tuesday June 22nd Ballet Idaho’s Natalie Gallegos Wickstrom and guest instructor from Seattle, Washington set up studio 1 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy with live drummers and 30 guests for some intense, energy-induced Zumba!
Natalie is high energy and an extremely talented dancer and instructor! She gets in the class and you immediately feel that energy she brings in with her. She brought with her John Delapena, her fellow Zumba and Ballroom Dance Instructor from Seattle with equal. matching energy and exuberance. Together they were extraordinary!
I had the privilege of being a guest at this remarkable event. At first I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go or what to expect. About 10 minutes before it started, the drummers showed up with African style drums. They were so excited to be here and be a part of this event. Then the guests started arriving. I wasn’t sure how many we would have, but was hopeful we would have a good turnout. Well, they kept arriving….I was thrilled to have so much support for Ballet Idaho and Natalie and John. Pretty soon the music started and the drummers began warming up and it was truly electrifying! And the guests were still coming! At that point we had about 15 people which was great. I went in to the studio to take a peak and John and Natalie were doing a Tango, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Ballroom combo together that was simply beautiful! The guests just stood and stared in amazement watching them warm-up. And the guests kept coming! We were about to 25 people at this point. WOW! They went ahead and started the class. They started out with explaining a little bit about Zumba:
What is Zumba®? Working out can be healthy, rewarding and beneficial and now it can also be an exhilarating experience! The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exiting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a Zumba® class!
Now I must add here that as they are talking about Zumba, they are all over the place, dancing jumping and moving. They just do not ever stop shaking! And the guests were STILL coming. We ended up with about 35 people for this event. Amazing! And every guest that came had the SAME energy! Are seeing where this is heading? This building had so much energy it could have lifted off the ground. Truly! At this point I remembered that Ballet Idaho was having a Board Meeting upstairs. I thought to myself, oh no, they aren’t going to be able to focus on their meeting. And then I thought to myself, what a great opportunity for our Board Members to witness such a spectacular event. As the class got started and the guests started movin’ and shakin’ and the drums started beating and Natalie and John started hollering, there was no going back. All I can say now looking back on it is OMG!!!! This was one of the most fun and exciting dance fitness class I have ever been to. Everyone one was having such a great time. It didn’t matter who you are, how old you are, what size you are or even if you have ever done Zumba before as many had not. They all had a great time and I saw nothing but a sea of smiling, happy faces and lots of laughs as well. I finished up the class feeling like I just could not wait for another one. And with a new found energy that and excitement that would not calm for about a week after. Everyone needs to experience Zumba!
Oh, and the Board Members, Well they couldn’t helpbut to come down to see what all the noise was and watched for a few minutes, they too could feel the energy in their little board room upstairs and they could do nothing but smile.
-Durea Thrall