“There is a bit of insanity in dancing 
and the B-Town
that does everybody a great deal of good.”
~Edwin Denby


Booty ShakerZ

Since Nov 2010

I live in Brighton, MI with my husband and 2 daughters, ages 12 and 9.  I  was a Kindergarten teacher before my kids were born.   Now, in addition to ZUMBA, I work part-time at Hartland Eye Care and Visual Learning Center as a Visual Therapist.

Since my teens, I have struggled a bit with my weight.  It helped that I was active growing up.  I was a gymnast from 8-13 years old.  But after having children, I just kept gaining.  I joined a gym, but I HATED to go.  I only went 12 times during my 3 year membership. 

I am so excited that I found something that I LOVE to do AND it helps me lose weight and get fit!
I am really close with my Mom, Jan and my sister, Michele.  They both come to my class.
My hubs has his "hands full"!  He is kinda out-numbered.
I love to DANCE, laugh, read, FaceBook and Pinterest (instead of housework;)

Strengths: I am outgoing, and optimistic 

Goals: Get more organized. Go on at least one date a week w/ my hubs, lunch dates count.
I have been HAPPILY married for 15 years. 

I will be celebrating my 43nd birthday this

February.  I love being in my 40's!  I am kinder to myself and more forgiving of others. It just keeps getting better!!  You couldn't pay me enough to be in my 20's again!!

"I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words"~Ruth St. Denis

"Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room."  ~Kurt Vonnegut

Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected.  ~Source Unknown

“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance. ~Hans Bos

We have only NOW - so have it fully and find what turns you on!" —Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Life may not always be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. ”
~Leo Tolstoy

“If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze”~Pope John Paul II

Me, Melody (9), My hubs/zumba roadie, Tom, Mikayla (12)

I went to my first Zumba class 3 ½ years ago (spring 2010).  I was 55 lbs overweight, and just didn’t feel like “myself”.  I loved being a mom, but I had lost that feeling of vibrancy with the fatigue and weight gain that came along with my pregnancies and the sleepless nights.  

When I was dancing in Zumba class, I didn’t feel frumpy, fat and tired.  The dancing made me feel young, and like myself again.  It was a revelation!  I went to every Zumba class I could and weight started to come off. 

Then my husband said that the MMA gym he went to wanted a Zumba Instructor.  He had told the owner that I was really good at Zumba (he had NEVER even seen me do Zumba!) and I should teach the class.  I was HORIFIED!  I told my husband, “NO WAY! I am too fat. Plus you need special training.”  He said, "Let’s look on-line and see what it takes to be an Instructor". 

I found an Instructor course and put in my credit card info.   I just COULDN’T push “enter”.   I looked at my husband and said, “I want to wait and lose more weight first.”  He reached over and pushed the “enter” button and said, “You can do it.”   <--I LOVE him for that!!! 

Many of my students are going through some very tough life challenges.  They count on my class for fitness and to help cope with stress, and SO DO I!  I move mountains to make sure I am there with a smile on my face.  Even the day my Uncle Jim tragically died in a motorcycle accident.  I cried all day, but I taught my class. 
I danced that night knowing that we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, so if something “turns you on” you better darn well DO IT!  Don’t wait until you lose weight, are older, have more money, have more time, etc…. DO IT NOW! 

I have lost the 55 extra pounds I was carrying, but more importantly the friendships I made in the fitness class I chose, Zumba, have made my burdens lighter and my life more joyful.


Find a group of people to exercise with.  Make a point of talking to people in the class.  Having fitness buddies really helps.  You will feel much more motivated than on the treadmill in your basement.  It doesn’t have to be Zumba, but make sure you enjoy the work-out.  At least some aspects of it. 


Make THIS the year you GO FOR IT and live your very BEST life!

These are my FAVORITE dance quotes:


"Hard Times Require Furious Dancing" ~Alice Walker

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. ~Japanese Proverb

"Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people." ~Alvin Ailey

"I will always dance in the street." ~Martha Reeves

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak"-Indian Proverb

"Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order."- Samuel Beckett

"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing" -James Brown

"We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive...and part of the living, incarnate cosmos."-D.H.Lawrence

"There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."  ~Edwin Denby

"Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance."  ~Dave Barry

"Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn."  ~Terri Guillemets

"To dance is to be out of yourself.  Larger, more beautiful, more powerful." ~Agnes De Mille

“Dance for yourself, if someone understands good. If not then no matter, go right on doing what you love.”

"Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips."  ~Terri Guillemets

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."  ~Martha Graham

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.” ~Mark Twain

Martha Graham~"I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or learn to live by practicing living, the principals are the same. In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of the spirit."

"Life is not about waiting for it to stop storming, it's about learning how to dance in the rain"

"And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh." ~Nietzsche

”The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best"~Epictetus

"Because of the close relationship between movement and personal experience, temperament, mental and emotional equipment: IT IS MANIFESTLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE TO BE TAUGHT TO DO THE SAME TYPE OF MOVEMENT. THE IDEAL DANCE EDUCATION IS THAT WHICH TRAINS THE STUDENT TO FIND HER OWN TYPE OF MOVEMENT

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