Music Monday: Flash Pose

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.

Have you heard the song Flash Pose?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(Link your Music Monday post to this one so we can share our love of music.)

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Music Monday: A Little Bit of Funkytown

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.

What are your memories of Funkytown?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: La Respuesta

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 😀

Have you heard this song before?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Music Monday: Bailame

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!

Do you like this song?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(Link your Music Monday post to this one so we can share our love of music.)

Weekend Coffee Share: Zumba Routine and a Book Launch

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is a lovely day outside today. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and the feel of spring is in the air. Yesterday it was a bit windy and a little overcast, but I still enjoyed my afternoon walk (luckily the rain held off).

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I tried a new Zumba class yesterday afternoon. I decided to extend the exercise and walk instead of take the bus (hence my enjoyment of the mild day). The class was fun and I enjoyed the vibe in the room. I will definitely attend her classes more often! It was also fun to see familiar faces in the room as so many people were there who go the class I attend on Mondays.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have started attending the Monday Zumba classes again now that my practical exam is over. No longer do I have to frantically practise choreography to make sure I make no mistakes during the assessment. Inn addition, my practice session with my colleagues this week was more relaxed and, as such, I made less mistakes. Something is to be said to being examined in an authentic environment!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Tuesday last week, I met up with a dear friend of mine and we went to the book launch of a local author. I loved that my friend and I took the opportunity to meet and to do something book-related. We both love reading and immersing ourselves in the stories created by others, and this event was a treat. It was the first my friend had attended and I am pleased to say that it will not be the last! If you want to read more on the event, head on over to my blog post for more detail.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the student who won the auction for the fund-raiser at our school was Teacher of the Day on Friday. He was so excited to take on the task and loved being able to choose what the class was to do. The first thing he did was say no “cahier jaune” (which is the French writing/grammar practice page that they do every morning as they enter the room). He chose to watch some Raptor’s highlights (whose victory was celebrated at the school), and to do Just Dance (with him choosing his favourite songs to dance to). Outdoor play was included in the day, as well as playing with the lego and blocks. Another highlight was him and his friend going out for lunch with me. Definitely enjoyable to hear the boys chatter and enjoy their time out with me. He was serious about his job and helped children as they completed the previous days tasks; and insisted on helping me with some marking. 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my daughters’ and I are now going to finish up with our plans for Father’s Day. If you are a Dad celebrating this day with your family, enjoy it – I hope you are showered with love. It is a day on which I think of my own Dad who is, unfortunately, no longer of this earth. But I smile when thinking of him as I imagine him here with me.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

Music Monday: Rico Cha Cha Cha

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.

Do you enjoy dancing to the cha cha cha?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Grateful for Learning Experience

This week I am spending time to learn for the written exam that I have this weekend. As you may remember, I registered for the Canfitpro course in order to be a group fitness instructor. My intention is to share my love of Zumba with others.

Reading through the coursework I could not help but smile as it takes me back to high school and to when I did Biology. Even though getting the information into my head is slow, I am grateful for the opportunity I have to learn the material. It is interesting and it has helped me realise what exactly it is that makes a good group fitness instructor.

What are you grateful for this week? And what has made you smile?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is part of my weekly gratitude reflection and is linked to Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge.)

A Learning Curve

Slowly. But surely. Step by Step.

I am currently learning my first set of choreography to lead a Zumba class. I decided to begin with the warm-up segment which normally comprises of three songs. During the past week, I followed the video to learn the choreography by myself and today, for the first time, I led the class I normally attend (my instructor has graciously volunteered to help me learn and practice). Being the lead is definitely a different experience to following the teacher of a class. All these faces look to you to lead and follow whatever dance moves you show them. In addition, as the instructor, you begin with the left leg/side instead of the right – a fact that takes some time getting used to.

As expected, my mind went blank partway through the choreography. I continued regardless, skipping over parts I could not remember and following the beat of the music. I love that the people I dance with on a Sunday morning were supportive and after the class were celebrating the fact that I had led a song on my own. This week I aim to practice more – and hopefully next Sunday I will remember all of the choreography and lead with confidence.

Slowly. But surely. Step by Step.

What have you learned step by step?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January challenge. The prompt begin your post with a word ending in -ly.)

Weekend Coffee Share: A First Step Achieved

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is COLD outside. During the past week we have had snowfall, freezing rain, icy sidewalks and patches, and then snowfall again. Tomorrow more snow is predicted  – an event that small children will enjoy very much I am sure. I predict that many snowmen and forts will be built in school playgrounds. The children will come in from recess rosy-cheeked and beaming with happiness. I do not enjoy the cold too much when I stand outside supervising them at play but what I do enjoy is seeing the children enthusiastically play with what has fallen from the sky.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I completed my report cards last week. Tomorrow I will print the draft and they will be read by the administration at our school. Soon they will be sent out to the parents and I will be meeting up with them to discuss their child’s progress. And soon the busy time at school will be over. After mid-February the deadlines will be fewer and I can concentrate on working with my class.

This weekend, I worked towards what I have been thinking about doing for a while: I attended the basic training to be a Zumba Instructor. I am not sure where this journey will take me but I am ready to take the steps. I enjoy dancing in Zumba classes so much and have been extremely disappointed that so many classes at my local gym have been cancelled. My thinking is that at least by working to be an instructor, I can still get to dance to my favourite rhythms. My body is currently aching after a full day of exercise, and my brain is still swirling with all of the information that I have received. I need a few days to process and to figure out how I am going to put into practice what I have learned.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is nearly the end of the weekend and I am tired and ready to go to sleep. I am looking forward to the upcoming week as I will be attending the OLA Super Conference  during the last part of the work week. I had such a good time there last year that I decided to attend this year as well.

I wish you a wonderful week ahead. May it be filled with things you love doing.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

A Dancathon 4 Kids

On Saturday I attended an event that I have been looking forward to for about a month – the Spin 4 Kids dancathon organised every year by Goodlife Fitness. For three hours, we dance with our favourite instructors for Zumba, Shab’am, and Body Jam. The music was energetic, the room filled with enthusiasm, and the time passed quickly. Every 20 minutes a different instructor led the dancing while the other teachers spread themselves around the room to dance with us. The organiser had added flashing lights and, with the overhead lights off, it truly felt like a party. Prizes were drawn every hour and I could not help but smile when I won a $50 gift card to the New  Balance store.

But what really made my day, was to see the amount of steps my body took. As a result of doing the laundry, walking to the supermarket to do grocery shopping, walking to the subway to attend the dancathon, dancing, and then going out for dinner, I managed to do the most steps my Fitbit has recorded in the last year and a half.

Now that is definitely something to smile about 🙂

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmileHave you danced for three hours with no break?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)