Back in January I had the pleasure of meeting some of the wicked cool people (note the wicked—this is Boston people) who are crazy like me and also running the Boston marathon in support of the Boston Bruins Foundation. Erin, the manager of the foundation, was chatting with us about fundraising ideas and mentioned that if we were interested she knew of a few Zumba instructors who were willing to donate their time to host a Zumbathon. Ok—first two thoughts were:

  1. A Mara-thon implies running for a long time. So does this means we would be Zumba-ing (real word?) for a long time?
  2. Does this mean I need to find out what Zumba is?

So it was comforting to find out that Shannon, another Bruins foundation runner, had also never done Zumba but she was more than willing to make a fool out of herself with me if I was up for it. And so next Saturday, we are Zumba-ing…for a long time. Dare I say I’m actually pretty excited about it? I may or may not have googled zumba tips to prep (see some here http://www.livestrong.com/article/68322-beginning-zumba-tips/)

I imagine this being what I'm in for...

I imagine this being what I’m in for…


We are so lucky to have Boston’s own Ali Baldassare (you can check out her website here alibaldassare.com) helping us out. If you live in the Boston area and either A) Love Zumba, B) Would love to help out a terrific cause, and/or C)Would love to watch me make a spastic and uncoordinated attempt at Zumba,  tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can see all the details (time, place, etc.) and buy your ticket in advance by clicking HERE and choose your ticket next to the person you know (there are 3 of us hosting this great event—if you’re reading my blog I’m going to take a wild guess and say you know me somehow, even if just through the lovely world wide web). If you can’t make it or don’t live around here, you can still donate to support my goal for the Boston marathon by clicking HERE

I really hope you can make it. Even if I’m 17 steps behind everyone else or look like I’m doing the Carlton at least I’ll know I’m in good company (and supporting a great cause).

Thank you Emily, at least I know I won't be alone :)

Thank you Emily, at least I know I won’t be alone 🙂


I WANT TO KNOW: Have you ever done Zumba? If so, is Neon required? If not, are you as confused by it as I seem to be? 🙂


3 thoughts on “Zumba-what?!?

  1. LOL! Good luck, Katie! I recently tried my first Zumba class. I was glad for the ability to laugh at myself… because I’m pretty sure everyone else was, too! I have never felt-and looked- like Elaine from Seinfeld in my life! Not my bag! But have fun!

  2. As a fellow newbie, here are my thoughts on the clothes: neon is not required but might it might make it more difficult for people to look directly at you. Also, I wore tight leggings (since I thought I would be lifting weights that day) and i think baggy pants would be better because they might sway and shake a little, creating the illusion of good dance moves. Hope we can make it!

  3. I have tried Zumba, and I think the only way I’d enjoy it would be if I had a margarita or two first … Which would defeat the purpose of working out!

    Hope the fundraiser goes well.

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