|Janice with Jani Roberts ZUMBA Basic Level 1 Instructor Training October 13 2011|
|Jani Roberts asks participants to share their weight loss success stories. The lady to the far right lost 185 lbs.|
|SCW Fitness Education Midwest Mania ZUMBA Basic Skills Level 1 Instructor Training with Jani Roberts and Tony Witt Thursday October 13 2011|
My ZUMBA journey began in 2010 when I started taking Zumba classes at KS Wholistic Training & Development Center . E'a Williams of Be Fit TriWellness and Tasha Maya Gibson inspired me to become a ZUMBA Instructor.
I became certified at SCW Fitness Education Midwest Mania ZUMBA Basic Skills Level 1 Instructor Training with Jani Roberts and Tony Witt on Thursday October 13, 2011. The training was held at the Hyatt Regency Rosemont as part of a fitness conference with hundreds of participants. I was a flight attendant who had traveled quite a bit that year professionally and personally. So I was not in the best of health. Anyway, I injured my shoulder and lower back doing a ZUMBA moves after receiving my certification. My body was structurally weak from working as a flight attendant with all the standing and pulling luggage. Flying and the forces of gravity are very hard of the body. I allowed my certification to lapse and never really taught a class despite my love for ZUMBA dancing.
This has been an incomplete in my life since 2011. One of those goals I never achieved but talked about for past four years. I had taken ZUMBA dance off and on over the past four years always wishing in the back of mind that I had become an instructor. I don't know what stopped me other than myself and negative self-talk.
My daughter moved back to Chicago and decided that as a bonding ritual we would go to ZUMBA dance on Saturdays on KS Wholistic Training & Development at 10338 South Western Avenue in the Beverly Area of Chicago. I love this place. It has some of the best ZUMBA Instructors with great music and dance moves they way sistas like to move.
I didn't realize it but my psychologist daughter secretly counseled me with this ZUMBA bonding ritual idea. She helped me overcome my roadblocks to becoming a ZUMBA instructor. She realized that ZUMBA dance is something that I really love. I am very passionate about it. I just had an aha moment that within one year of her moving back to Chicago I am now ZUMBA Certified Instructor. She accomplished her mission of helping her Mom to overcome her roadblock. I am so grateful for her. Sometimes the parent needs help from their children. It's okay. We all need help sometimes.
Now I am overcoming my fear of leading the ZUMBA class. It is a different experience to be in the front of room leading a group of people. It was unsettling for me at first to see people move when I move. Now I just turn on the music and start having fun. I don't have to be perfect. My routine doesn't have to be perfect. I just share with the class that I am overcoming a fear. I let them know that I am new to teaching ZUMBA. The instructors and class participants have been very supportive. Then I go home listen to music and practice the routines. I can only get better. I can only improve. There is no where to go but up. I just have to stay in action. It will come. Right now I am just doing the Warm-Up of a class but I know that I will learn to teach a one hour class. It will happen with practice and just getting out there. Doing it!
If you have been thinking about becoming a ZUMBA Instructor, I encourage you to sign today.
GO AHEAD AND DO IT NOW!