Dear Zumberas and Zumberos,
For those of you who missed the Grande Finale class on Saturday January 27th, here are some pictures from one of the best parties! Everything went so smoothly and my wonderful instructors who came to lead songs and join in the fun were THE BEST!! I know the flu took some people down (3 instructors couldn’t make it too) but we made it work. Thank you to all of you who did come to dance, laugh, reminisce, eat and drink! About 70 showed up to dance! It was nice to see some students who I haven’t seen in a while. Those who attended, thank you for all of the compliments! Everyone loved the variety of instructors and the energy and vibe was so amazing! Thank you to Alena Groopman and Brandon Williams for flying from Phoenix that morning to celebrate. From Monterey: Mitch Lange, Jennifer Voorhees, Debi Watanabe and Kim Fujii, of course having Zumba Jammer Ashley Bishop, and Veronical De La Mora, Dee Young, Elle Anderson, Yuki Miura, Jennifer Johnson, James Jones, Greg Parnell, Nataliya Stinerman, Mae Manns, Fatou Komara and my favorite Studio Z instructors Nikki, Myrtle and Corinna made it so special!!!
As a special thank you to all of the instructors I gave to them the logos that were around the stage. This way each had a piece of the studio.
I had so many mixed emotions that day – from teary eyed, to big smiles, - The Studio has been my baby for 7 years….a dream that many instructors wish they could have their own studio and give the classes of their choice, to hold events and make students feel happy and a place to call their own. My dream became a reality and with all of my students and instructors coming to the studio, it fulfilled that dream even more. Thank you to all of you for making Studio Z your home and helping me build a family. Each of you have a special place in my heart. Some of you didn’t realize I have a full time job and the Studio is where I went after work and weekends. For the past 8 years I kept my classes at 24 hour High St and have been doing classes other places too (so not just teaching at the Studio). I will continue teaching those classes and will be picking up classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings soon. But I need a break to breathe and enjoy.
But in the meantime, I will be crashing other instructor classes and if anyone wants to come with me on Saturday, text me 510-325-9674 and we can meet to go to a class together!!! I will be hosting Instructor Choreo Jam Sessions and Master Classes (students can attend the Master Classes) but now at ClubSport -Fremont.
Please, follow me on Facebook as that’s where I plan to post about classes and events that I will be attending. Let me know ahead that you are friending me because if I don’t know you (because you are newer to classes and I may not know your FB name so I am hesitant at friending people I have not met…so just let me know.) So here are the next events, I hope to see you at one or more of these:
Saturday, February 10 Master Class with Von Gossi from North Carolina – 12:30pm – 1:45 at ClubSport Fremont Cost $15***
Saturday, February 24 – Throwback Pop Pilates with Me! 24 Hr High Street 8:30am…Cost: FREE…If you want to carpool, let me know…dress in 80’s gear!!!
Saturday, March 3 – Master Class with Bianca Ayala – Strong by Zumba – 12:30pm – 1:45 at ClubSport Fremont Cost $15
*** Sign up to come to the Master Class this Saturday with Von and get a 5 DAY FREE ($100 value)!!
The day after the Grande Finale, changes to the Studio started happening. Initially, it was heart retching to see the stage gone and then the floor being removed. Each day I went to the Studio to work on cleaning it up and to see how fast the floor was removed (in 5 days it was completely gone!) There was the top layer of hardwood maple, then 2 layers of plywood foundation nailed together and ever 6 inches, there was a plastic “bounce” material to give the spring-like feel. Thank you to my volunteers who helped to paint, clean, tear down, wash, shred, you name it, they did it!! Hugs to Corinna Lovan, Nancy Rodriguez, Rachel Bush, Grace Boyson, Alyne Hazard, Toni DiGiorgio, Tammy Bryant, Lauren Badua, Yukie Muira, Gary Leong, Mae Manns!!! Saturday’s crew were dancing, singing, laughing and feasted on pizza and sangria!! Yes, Zumba music was playing!!! Sunday’s crew were dancing to Pandora’s Zumba songs and there were some oldies but goodies and we just stopped and danced!
I will be there in the evenings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. So if you want to come by and see what else needs done, just drop by but bring your tissue!! It’s sad to see it industrial again….but you then realize how I made it your home for 7 years!!! Love you all!!!!
I’m so happy that the floor has a new home!!! On Saturday at the Grande Finale I announced that the floor is being donated to the Epic Charter Schools in Oakland. My front row diva student, Fabiola Sanchez is the CEO of Education for Change and what a perfect way to see the floor go to great use than to donate it to a worthy cause. One day I will get to dance on the floor again!!
After the Grande Finale and potluck, 35 instructors had the final choreo Jam session with Zumba Jammer Alena Groopman. She was the first Zumba Jammer at the Studio and how appropriate to be the last.
Don’t be a stranger, you can email me, text me, call me, fb me and you know I will reply…let’s go to a class together or better yet, come to one of my classes!!! Thank you again for making Studio Z your home for workouts!!! The beautiful memories will always be there!!! Until we meet again!!
Zumba hugs to all