Over the weekend, I attempted a new choreography created by Zumba to the song China by a group of singers including Daddy Yankee. I love the music – so catchy.
The choreography looks simple when you watch it – but actually doing it made me realise it is not as easy as it looks. Many of the combinations are new to me and I think this one may take me a while to learn. In the meantime, I will just enjoy the music.
Have you heard this song? It is new on the air waves.
As I was writing my book review for Mahairi McFarlene’s book Don’t You Forget About Me, I could not help but remember the song created by Simple Minds in the eighties. I used to love this song and always sang along with it when it was played on the radio. I remember, as well, watching the video repeatedly (back them we used to record the videos of our favourite songs to play again on afternoons spent with our friends).
And of course, one can’t forget to mention the iconic film The Breakfast Club for which the song was used.
Don’t You Forget About Me is definitely a song that brings back memories of a time period in my life: of my teenage years and all that comes with.
Don you remember this song? What memories does it bring back?
A Week and a half ago, Zumba released a new choreography labelled a ‘hot new choreo’. The song is Flash Pose by Pabllo Vittar. The choreography is easy to follow and the song is simple yet catchy. I was curious, however, to find out more about this singer as I had not heard the name before. And as I do not listen to the radio, I was unsure of whether this song is on the airwaves in Canada.
What I found out is that Pabllo Vittar is a Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter. He has released two albums and was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 at the Latin Grammy Awards, being the first nominated drag queen. He has become known as the voice for Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community as he is openly queer even though it is dangerous to be so in Brazil. If you want to know more of his journey, the Wikepedia page makes interesting reading.
The official video for the song Flash Pose embraces who Pabllo Vittar is:
I find the song catchy and I am curious as to whether it is being played on English radio stations.
On Friday morning I received a notification that the new Zumba releases were available. I love listening to and watching their new songs – it makes me excited to learn new choreography. The first song on the new playlist is Funkytown.
This song from 1980 brings me back to my teen years. I remember bopping to this tune with my cousins at family parties. This was the song that got EVERYONE on the dance floor: uncles, aunts, grandmother, little kids, and of course the teenagers. Listening to it brings back good memories and always makes me smile.
Funkytown is such an iconic song. Even my girls know it as they used to play the song in the marching band for the Santa Parade. I am now learning the choreography – of course – and look forward to sharing the dance with people.
During the past two weeks I have been learning a new Zumba choreography which I will use with my students when school begins again in September. Last week Monday, I tried it out with my Zumba instructor in front of her class. It is a fun choreography and matches the song, La Respuesta, very well.
I have no idea what the song is about, but I did enjoy watching the official video 😀
Last week I attended the book launch for a Canadian author here in Toronto. I had read and enjoyed Farah Heron’s debut novel The Chai Factor (see post here) and was excited when I heard that there would be a barbershop quartet at the event.
The group sang four songs in total. I loved listening to their harmonies and their song choice brought me back to a time when I enjoyed listening (and dancing) to the music of the 1930s and 1940s. Their first song brought back childhood memories as the song was one that my dad used to play on his gramophone.
My friend did not recognise the song which surprised me a little. I am guessing her parents did not listen to the same music as mine did! 😀
Now that I have completed (and passed) my practical exam to be a group fitness instructor, I can learn some new songs to dance to. I have had the song Bailame Ray El Ingeniero on my list for a while and have started practicing the choreography. The song is catchy and has been stuck in my head for the last few days.
If you look at the dancers in the background, you will get an inkling of the dance I will do in the Zumba class. I am hoping that by Tuesday I will be confident enough in the choreography to dance this with my colleagues. I am sure they will love it too!
On Saturday evening while we were having dinner, my daughter mentioned the song that was part of the sing-along at their school’s annual music concert. The song took me back years to when I was a teenager. I tried humming the tune for my husband to see if he remembered it but eventually I had to grab the iPad and show it to him.
Do you remember Toto’s song Africa? I remember loving the cool rhythms of it and humming it while doing chores. There is an honesty about the song now as I am listening to it decades later: the music is not as synthesised as so much of the new music (though I do love some of it). While listening to the song, I see in my mind’s eye my cousins and the friends that listened to it with me. The song is definitely linked to good memories for me.
As you know, I am currently working on learning choreography for my practice exam to be a Group Fitness Instructor – in particular, a Zumba instructor. One of the reasons I love Zumba is because of the Latin dancing influence. The music reminds me of the time when I used to dance Latin moves: the cha cha cha, the rhumba, the jive, the samba. I love the music; I love the rhythms; and I love the movements.
Now that I am building my own playlist and class atmosphere, I am influenced by the love of my past. My preference is to choose music with a Latin feel and the choreography I prefer embraces the merangue, the salsa, the cumbia. I do include reggaeton – but not as much as in the Zumba classes that I attend. The latest song I am learning has steps for a cha cha cha. The song is authentic and so are the movements of the following Zumba crew:
I know of a number of people who will enjoy this and I look forward to sharing it with them.