Two weeks ago, I joined the gym my sister attends. Having a workout partner is fantastic – especially one as dedicated to fitness as Kerry.
On Saturdays, however, I’m on my own. Saturday is Zumba with Juan; my favorite class with my favorite instructor. Kerry’s never been big on dance, so I’m samba-ing solo.
Zumba, for the uninitiated, is a Latin-based dance fitness class. Or, at least, it was originally. Now, classes range from the original Latin-themed (like Juan’s) to other cardio-intensive styles including Bollywood and hip-hop dance. I love all dance, so I love Zumba to bits.
I’ve also recently been listening to a podcast called Strong, Sexy, & Stylish. One episode – focusing on “stylish” – encouraged us to come up with a real-life style inspiration. The real-life part is crucial, as inspiration from celebrities often involves more than merely their clothes. For example, my love of Duchess Catherine’s classic style also draws heavily on my Anglophilia.
Shortly after listening to this episode, I went to my first Juan-led Zumba class.
First, let me just brag-ishly interject that I’m a good dancer. Yep, I said it. It’s not often that I let myself take pride in something I create or do, but honestly, I grew up with music so I can always find the beat and I’m quick to pick up new routines.
Anyway, in that first Zumba class, I found some real-life inspiration. I’m sure everyone’s eyes were drawn to this one girl – she was an amazing dancer. She was confident. She was smiling. She could shimmy her shoulders in ways my anglo saxon body can’t yet seem to bend.
She’s not the “Stylish” inspiration the Strong, Sexy, & Stylish podcast encouraged me to find (I mean, I’m sure she’s a great dresser but Zumba = athletic clothing), but she’s real-life “Strong” inspiration, which is something I think I need more. This woman was so strong and so beautiful; a combination of athletic and feminine, sculpted muscle and sexy curve. Perhaps I can work my way up to the front row beside her.