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I Taught My First Zumba Class (And It Was Amazing)

by Nellie

Right after class, high on endorphins!

Happy. Elated. Exhausted. Strong. Accomplished.

Just a little of how I felt after I taught my first zumba class …

I had been so nervous about it, I pretty much just went from nervous, to fine, to I can’t do this. I had been practicing for 6 weeks, I knew my choreo very well, but there is something about the unknown that was driving me nuts. For example

  • Would I remember my moves?
  • Would I give them a good workout?
  • What would the energy be like?
  • Could I KEEP the energy that I start with?
  • Would they like my music?
  • Would I bring the ZUMBA experience, like I was taught?

My cousin DeeDee came all the way from poughkeepsie to support me at my first class. When we got there I was really excited because the ladies already present were some faces I recognized from Church, some I didn’t recognize, but PEOPLE. Like, it was completely surreal to me, PEOPLE were coming to LEARN and GET HEALTHY with ME! I honestly was blown away by the whole thing.

My gorgeous cousin smiling for the camera

We started off and I led in prayer, and we began with the warm up. My other cousin Sam made it (yes!) and We really got into the class and I first I was in my head and worried about the next step and the next song. Once I turned around and faced the ladies and saw their smiling faces, I relaxed and had fun.

By the third song, they were bent over. That is a pretty good sign that they are working out something fierce!

We made it through! I messed up, I forgot moves, but I kept dancing. I think that is quite the metaphor for life, really, mess up but keep on dancing.

I had a really amazing time, and I appreciate so much both of my cousins that came out to support me. It brought me so much comfort to see them dancing along and being so supportive.

So I baked some treats for them πŸ™‚

Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo Cupcakes

I am really happy to have gotten this out of the way, it felt like the first time I caught the right amount of balance on my first 2 wheeler. I had SO much fun. I really wouldn’t want to spend my Saturday mornings any other way. When I named this dream, I said I wanted to bring Zumba to women who don’t work out, It would be even better if I could do it for church. God listens. I was able to teach to an incredible group of ladies that all told me that they had a great time, and I got high fives and SO much support.

Amazing. Blown Away. Incredible. Blessed.

Just some of the things I felt on this day.

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Joi January 21, 2013 - 9:16 am

SO AWESOME! I’m glad you enjoyed. You’ve got the right idea, when you mess up, keep it moving. The only person who ever knows is you unless you tell on yourself:) Smart having a familiar face there, that will calm the nerves for sure. Sounds like you were ready in that dept. I’m thrilled this went over well for you. You look kind of fabulous at the end of a workout though, I’m Jelly!

Nellie January 21, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Ha I wanted to take a Pic BEFORE I got started but my nerves was all over the place! Thanks for your support before AND after my first class!!

Winter Sundays January 21, 2013 - 9:56 am

CONGRATS!!!! This is just so cool! Not even a full month into the new year and you’re already realizing your dream!! Just fantastic. I am so excited for you!! Can’t wait to hear more about your upcoming Zumba class experiences!!

Winter Sundays January 21, 2013 - 9:58 am

PS. I love that you all had Celebration Cupcakes! After a couple of my races (5K/10 miler) my cousin would bring yummy and beautifully decorated cupcakes! Great memories and literally sweet. πŸ™‚

Nellie January 21, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Yeah lol, we are on our way home and they are both like hey can we get some cupcakes?! Lol I’m beginning to wonder if that is the only reason they came to Zumba!! thanks for the support!

Britton January 21, 2013 - 11:42 am

Yaaaaay! Congrats! I know it was an experience! I’m glad your cousin was there to support you. Those cupcakes look soooooo good too! I’m jealous!

Nellie January 21, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Whenever you come to Brooklyn I’ll make some for you (only after you take my class though :)!

12631676450814426501 January 21, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Looks like you had a great time. Wish I could have been there!

Dani January 21, 2013 - 1:05 pm

YAAAAAAYYYY Congrats!!! I’m so happy for you. I wish I could’ve been there (probably off beat and messing everyone up)

Um…I love that you end this healthy zumba post with oreo cupcakes! LMAO

Carli January 21, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Amazing! You’re outfit is so cute…you look great! And to have such a wonderful support team on top of that. You are blessed.

Nellie January 21, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Thanks Carli, I feel extremely blessed!

Mimi January 21, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Congratulations! I can’t imagine the sense of accomplishment you must’ve felt. You spoke it and it has become so.

Awesome work. You look great. I have been dying to try Zumba, I think I am going to break down and head to my local gym and take a class.

Nellie January 21, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Thanks Mimi, I did feel so accomplished because I said I wanted to do it and it came to pass, it really is true that when you take one step God takes 2 more for you.

pegster January 21, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Go Nellie, it’s your birthday :). You go girl. I would totally come to your class.

Robyn January 21, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Sounds amazing , I am so happy for you!!! So nice to have family support too:) congratulations!

Nellie January 21, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Thanks so much Robyn!

Faith January 21, 2013 - 5:46 pm

That is so awesome! Love that you just kept on going!

I wish I could go to one of your classes :).

Nellie January 21, 2013 - 8:49 pm

I wish you could too! If you are ever randomly in Brooklyn on a Saturday morning holla at ya girl! πŸ™‚

Quiana January 22, 2013 - 1:10 am

Sounds like a fun time and I agree – an awesome metaphor for life! Congrats!

MrsFatass January 22, 2013 - 10:36 am

Tears in eyes.

Congratulations, woman. I’m happy for you.

Nellie January 23, 2013 - 8:49 am

Thank you SUE! You already know you are my inspiration!! πŸ™‚

KalleyC January 22, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Awesome! Congratulations! I can just imagine how excited and elated you must have felt after you finished the class. You look great!

Nellie January 24, 2013 - 8:11 am

Thanks Kalley! It really was a great thing, to go from thinking you can’t do something to actually doing it, is just incredible.

17027062190264286653 January 22, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Congratulations on your first class! I love Zumba, need to find me class, I do it on my Wii. I know an actual class would be fun.

Losing in the City January 23, 2013 - 3:57 pm

I am so happy and proud of you. You set your eye on a goal and accomplished it in a major way. Major props to you. please let me know when and where you will be teaching your next class. I will definitely be there.

Tammy January 23, 2013 - 10:03 pm

This is amazing… congrats.. I gotta attend a session one day


Lia January 26, 2013 - 8:32 am

I am so proud of you Nellie! You are an inspiration and so happy to see your dream come to fruition! xo

Amber February 4, 2013 - 5:10 pm

I’m so late, but congratulations, Nellie! I’m proud of you!

13763808297784247493 February 12, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Congrats on teaching your first class, that’s AWESOME!

13695166327916646698 March 14, 2013 - 2:54 am

Way to Go!!

Boyd Callez March 26, 2013 - 4:50 am

Sweet post, congratulation on you first class πŸ™‚

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Leena Madan August 18, 2018 - 6:24 am

Wonderful! Congrats! I can simply envision how energized and elated you more likely than not felt after you completed the class. You look awesome!


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