Holiday Zumba Party!

On December 2nd, we had our Holiday Zumba Party with a feel good music,yummy snacks,laughing with friends and giving away prizes.

It was a 2-hour event full of fun and laughter! We definitely enjoyed dancing,sweating,laughing and feeling the holiday spirit with friends and family. I feel so grateful to meet these fabulous instructors and dancing with my amazing students.

Thank you so much for joining us and for celebrating the holidays with us!

We hope to have another fun next year.

In the meantime, enjoy this short clip from the event.

Happy Holidays!




How To Set Goals And Achieve Them

How To Set Goals And Achieve Them

Setting goal is important but you want to make sure you get results you want. When you achieve results on a constant basis, it becomes very exciting and motivational.

Seeing results of the progress you’ve made will actually push you to do more progress. On the other hand, it can be discouraging when you set too high and don’t achieve it.

Some people have a big goal but fail to achieve it… why?

  • They’re scared of their big goal
  • They feel like they don’t have enough skills to achieve it
  • They feel overwhelmed
  • They don’t know where to start
  • etc..

Here, I will share to you how to set goals and achieve them:

Create A Vision

A vision is the foundation of your success and achievement. Creating a vision will help you set clear goals and build your confidence.

So how do you create a vision/set a goal?

Create a vision that is as vibrant and clear in your mind as possible using the SMART GOAL method. Make your goal: Specific,Measurable,Attainable,Realistic and Time Sensitive. Set goals for things that you feel you must accomplish. Write them down or create a vision board or map it out.

The stronger the desire, the more likely you’ll achieve your goals.

Once you’ve set your goal/vision, your goals will become more meaningful and more motivational to you.

Break It Into Bite-sized Goals

Seeing the big picture or main goal can be overwhelming and the secret to achieving your goal is to break it into smaller bite-sized steps or mini goals that will gradually get you to where you want to be and focus on them.

By creating a series of mini goals along the way, you can also feel a sense of achievement that will keep you motivated to work harder to your main goal.

Take Action

A goal cannot be achieved if you just write them on paper and not doing it, so you must GET UP AND TAKE ACTION!

Taking action is simply the act of deciding what the next step is to accomplish something. Ask yourself: what’s the next step? When will it be done?

Share Your Goals

Sharing your goals can help you avoid procrastination. It helps move your goal out of mind and into the spotlight and often, when you tell others, you will also see them get on your side and look for ways to help you. You will establish accountability,guidance and follow-up from a trustworthy person.

Having a coach,mentor or an accountability group/partner is best to share your goals with.

Ask yourself: Who can I share my vision with? Who do I want to be accountable to? Contact this person and share your goals.

Celebrate Your Success

Don’t forget to celebrate every little successes you’ve made toward achieving your goal. Every time you recognize your success, you’ll find it easier to follow through in the future because of the evidence you’ve built of past success.

Record your success.Share your success.Celebrate!

Review Your Process

Do the whole steps over and over again. Occasionally check in and see how well you’re progressing. By reviewing your process and going back through the steps, you’ll make small advances toward accomplishing your goal. And by doing this consistently, the odds are great that you’ll find yourself at exactly the point you intended to be, or even past it.



Be patient with this process and be patient with yourself. Impatient is the enemy of success.

The best way to give your mind more reasons to succeed than to fail is to record and celebrate moments of success.




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Beginner’s Guide to Zumba Fitness

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For those of you who don’t know that I’m a Group Fitness Instructor currently teaching dance fitness such as Zumba in San Francisco Bay Area and I get asked a lot especially from first time students who join my class about Zumba, so I thought I’d share some FAQ or a Beginner’s guide to Zumba Fitness:

What is Zumba?

Zumba is an Aerobic Dance Fitness program that teaches various Latin dances such as salsa,cumbia,merengue,reggaeton,hip hop,cha cha cha and so much more. Some people describe Zumba as a dance fitness party because really, it’s fun and feels like a party that will definitely make you sweat!


Who should take Zumba?

Anyone who can move,dance and have fun can join Zumba! All levels are welcome. Most Zumba classes welcome all ages and levels but if you want a specific type of zumba like for example for toddlers,kids and seniors, there’s a special Zumba class for it. Here are other types of special zumba classes:

  • Zumbini – This is great for parents and toddlers to have a quality time together learning fun music and dances.
  • Zumba Kids + Kids Jr. – A modified Zumba moves for kids 4-6 and 7-11 with cool and fun music for kids.
  • Zumba Gold – A low-impact modified zumba moves designed for active older adults.
  • Zumba Step – A high intense lower body workout that blends traditional step aerobics with energetic Zumba routines.
  • Zumba Toning – A modified Zumba dance that focuses on toning using a maraca-like toning sticks.
  • Strong by Zumba – A Music-Led High Intensive Tempo Training or HITT that pushes you to achieve your fitness goals using your body weight.
  • Aqua Zumba – This is great for all ages. A Zumba workout in the pool helps take pressure off your joints.

    Why should you take a Zumba class?

    Zumba is a super fun workout and has great music, but aside from that, there are other great benefits of why Zumba is a great total body cardio workout and people keep coming back for more:


  • It improves coordination,agility and flexibility
  • Burns calories
  • Boosts memory and mental functioning
  • Strengthens you heart and lungs
  • Improves muscle tone and strength
  • Increases energy
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces stress and/or depression
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Increases self confidence and self-esteem
  • ZUMBA-is-my-stress-reliefHow often should you go to Zumba?

    Try for at least once or twice a week to start off. Zumba is a great cardiovascular exercise to add to your workout plan.

    What to expect in Zumba class?

    Most Zumba classes are 45 minutes to an hour long. The class starts with a warm-up then the Zumba workout routines and ends with a cooldown and stretch. The Zumba workout routine part is where you will dance different types of latin dance moves. Each song is broken down to different dances, for example one song, you’ll dance salsa,the next song will be cha cha cha then the next song will be merengue.

    The Instructors make their own playlist to class depending on their taste or class’ demand. Most instructors don’t really speak during class to tell you what to do, they mostly use hand cues,clap or make a sound so pay attention to the instructor  if the instructor points which arm/leg to which direction.

    Where to find a Zumba class?

    Zumba is so popular now that it’s everywhere in the world! If you’re a member to any gyms or studios, ask them if they offer Zumba classes or check your city/town’s park and recreation program if they have one, or check it on the Zumba website at to find a zumba class near you.

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    Tips for first-time students:

    -Arrive early to class and introduce yourself to the instructor and inform him or her that it’s your first time taking a Zumba class. Ask your instructor what to expect and tips as a beginner in class. Find a spot in class where you can see your instructor’s full body, then dance,sweat and have fun!

    -Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you’re unable and /or frustrated to follow a certain routine, make up a similar move that is safe and easy for you to do. If you really want to learn a specific move that you’re having trouble with, ask your instructor after class if he/she can show you a step by step guide to master it.

    -Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink water before,during and after workout.

    -The purpose of this workout is to get you moving,to sweat,get in shape and have fun. So dance like nobody’s watching and enjoy the experience!





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    Original blog post by Dance Fitness with Pauline


“Let’s Get Loud” (Cha Cha Cha) Routine

Channeling my inner JLo! Here’s a Cha Cha Cha routine of “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez.

This song brings so many memories because this choreography was originally from my cheer dance (I choreograph some of our cheer dance back then) in high school but I changed some of the moves to make it more zumba or latin dance fitness for my students.

I hope you enjoy watching (and dancing) this routine. 🙂

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Let’s dance,get fit and have fun!