Zumba it is!



About last night.

Last night I zumba-ed for the first time.  I think I might’ve tried to do a few moves once or twice before, usually as part of pre-race warm-ups, but last night was definitely the first proper class/event I’ve ever done, and it was the HUGEST fun.

Thank the good Lord above I couldn’t see myself as I galumphed around, but whatever the wrong moves and the out-of-sync dancing, I had an absolute whale of a time (probably looked a bit like one, too :P) and am hooked.

For someone who has always loved dancing and hated gym, this is the perfect solution and – inevitably – I just wonder why it took me so long to discover this fabulously fun form of exercise.

The event was organised by ASICS, and there was quite a gang of us from our ASICS Running Club.

Here we are, pre-run, all nice & un-sweaty:

The session was outdoors, on a perfect Delhi late-winter’s evening, and was held in one of the city’s biggest malls.  As ever in India, there was already a crowd hanging round long before the session started, lured by the lights, the music and, I guess, the knowledge that something fun was about to happen.

So those of us attending the session had a sizeable audience, most of whom stayed, and  seemed to film us as we danced, wriggled, and laughed our way through 90 high-octane minutes.

The music was a fab mix of South American and Bollywood – where, yet again, I marvelled at how every single person there (barring yours very truly) seemed to know the words and the steps to what were clearly iconic dances.

What I absolutely loved about the zumba session was that I felt happy all the time.  Even when I couldn’t follow the steps, and certainly couldn’t move with the agility of the youngsters in the crowd, it was all such fun.

No wincing with pain or grimacing.

Just lots of fun & laughs.

Take running, for example, which brings me great joy.  But I also know that I don’t smile and laugh all the way through a run.

But last night’s zumba – how could you NOT smile, with such great music, and the opportunity to dance your heart out for 90 minutes?!

There was a great team of dancers (is that the correct term for a zumba expert?) leading us, but the stand-out was the breathtakingly trim and slim and all-round gorgeous Shwetambari Shetty, who was mobbed for selfies & photos after the session – by young women, please note, by young women who clearly idolise her.

Even though, broadly speaking, I knew what zumba was – working out in a dance format to music – nevertheless I Googled it on my return.  And very interesting it is, too.  Here’s a quick Wikipedia definition:

“Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hiphop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included…The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop music, axé music and tango.”

Now, if the truth be told, I have NO idea what half of those music genres sound like, but it all sounded pretty fab.

Starting with a slower, warm-up routine, we got more and more energetic, & then the final dance routine was a clever cool down.

To music.

What more could a dance-lovin’, gym-hatin’ old lady ask for?  To be able to dance my heart out in public, with no family members cringing in embarrasment…definitely my kinda workout 🙂

One of my ASICS tribe filmed this clip below.  The boys in matching blue Ts at the start are from my running group.  We then move to yours truly, hopelessly out of sync, dancing with some of the girls from my running group:

However, help was at hand.  There was a young man in front of me – a brilliant dancer – and so I just copied him.  You can just see him at the end of Bhuvan’s video.

I told him what I was doing, in case he thought I was a pervy old lady 😛 and after the session we chatted, and here we are, young Shivam and me:

Watch out for this young man – fab dancer!

Such a fun event.

Here’s my tribe, after the event, with the addition of Ripu Daman, who zoomed in from a family wedding and danced in wedding togs & turban:

And here is the whole fun crew, after the event:


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