What Zumba Is

Zumba is a kind of dance fitness program being popularized or created by dancer and choreographer Alberto Perez in the year 1990 and a trademark owned by Zumba Fitness, LLC. It usually involves both aerobic and dance elements wherein movements like merengue, soca, hip-hop, mambo, and salsa , as well as lunges and squats are being incorporated. Zumba classes are being taken by approximately 15 million people over 140,000 locations. This kind of dance first started when the choreographer Beto Perez forgot his aerobics music tape, leading him go back to his car and listened to music that consist of both merengue and non-traditional salsa music and thus made up a class with the aid of this music. Later on in 2001, after finding initial success, Alberto Perez collaborated with Alberto Perlman and his childhood friend Alberto Aghion. Producing a demo reel together, this Zumba concept was discovered and licensed by Fitness Quest into creating a direct marketing campaign with a line of home videos. Zumba class usually lasts for an hour and taught by Zumba Fitness, LLC. This kind of exercise involves music that go along with fast and slow rhythms , as well as resistance training. As mentioned before, Zumba incorporates movements like salsa, soca, merengue, hip-hop, mambo and other movements such as flamengco, cumbia, cha-cha, reggaeton, samba, tango and axe music. Zumba class has nine different classes for different age and exertion levels and these classes are namely: Zumba Step, Zumba Toning , Zumba Gold (preferably for older population), Aqua Zumba , Zumba in the Circuit, Zumba Kids , Zumba Jr., Zumba Sentao , and Zumba Gold-Toning. Each Zumba class serves a different purpose that will help an individual improve his/her body shape, posture, coordination, movement, strength. It is also a good workout for everyone’s cardiovascular health. Zumba is open and safe for all people, regardless of age. Anyone can participate in this kind of workout program.

Aside from the fact that this aerobic exercise helps you bring your body in great shape and health,  it also gives you the benefit of socializing with other people, whether old or young.

So what are you waiting for? Have fun while you stay fit and healthy by getting in this kind of workout program.

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Hating your body? Think that it is imperfect? We all go through that phase wherein we aspire of having a physically perfect body.

Dysmorphilia, a debut full length production by Daloy Dance Company choreographed and directed by Ms. EA Torrado, consists of 13 scenes performed by each Daloy DC artists, either solo, duet, trio or group. Throughout this performance, one could see or learn the importance of loving his or her body and accepting its physical flaws. Let nothing, not even your body’s imperfections, hinder you from becoming a performer and shining out.

For this kind of production done, I could say that it took a lot of effort, rehearsing, and determination from the whole team to make this performance a successful one. Dancing is not merely just an art, but it is one’s way of expressing his or herself (even the emotions) as well.

There are no regrets whatsoever in going to PETA Theater Center just to see this performance done by the Daloy Dance Company members cause everything in it was worth watching for. Looking forward to watch more of their performance for the following days to come.

*Dysmorphilia came from two words, dysmorphia which means ‘disorder’ and philo which means strong affinity or love. Basically, it is to love our body no matter how imperfect we perceive it to be.

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Life In AATA

Enrolling in Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA) is one of the best experience I have had this year 2014, taking up the course of Performing Arts (acting, voice and dance). In the first place, I should really have been in the Creative Scriptwriting course, which my parents would want me to enroll in since writing has been my forte, but my passion lies more in Performing Arts as I would want to try out a different course other than just writing.

Asian Academy of Television Arts is a school that offers training courses for individuals who aspire to be a production professional or a performing artist. For those who dream of becoming a TV production manager or scriptwriter, there are Creative Television Production wherein students learn about how it is to manage a TV production as well as be prepared to work in some of its aspects while in Creative Scriptwriting for Television, students get to learn about the different formats of scriptwriting and to develop their craft or skills in this course.

As for those aspiring actors/actress, singers, and dancers, Performing Arts would be a good choice to take as it allows you to explore your hidden talent and discover the “performer” in you. It’s time to get out of that shell or what we call “comfort zone” and bring out the best in you.

Other than these mentioned courses, special module classes are also being offered such as Modelling and Personality Development which helps students learn the basics of modelling and even develop their personality , Eric Morris Acting System, and Keyboard and Guitar lessons. There’s also Geleen Eugenio’s Dance Workshop which involves Modern dance (open for kids and adults), Hip Hop (kids, beginners, advance), Zumba, K-Pop, Belly Dancing and Latin Dance.

Of course it doesn’t stop there. There are also photo shoots, exposure trips (e.g. Sunday All Stars, Eat Bulaga, Talentadong Pinoy, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, etc.) and recital. I could say that enrolling in Asian Academy of Television Arts was really worth it. Not only does it help you in learning many things about working in the field of television or performing, but also, it helps you learn to socialize as well with other people.

Photos of my memorable experience/life in AATA

A. Performing Arts class

 Acting class with T. Upeng (Lesson/s learned: “Let go of your inhibitions”, “Don’t limit yourself”) 

 Voice class with T.Paul/T. Citas (Lesson learned : “Do not think that others will laugh at you because of your voice.”/ “Do not be ashamed of your voice.”) 

Dance class with T. Jomelle 

 (Lesson/s learned: “Tempo is an important part of dance” ; “Focus more on flexibility”/”Think and believe that you can do it”)

B. Modelling/Photoshoot, Exposure Trips, etc. 

 Modelling and Photo shoot

 Exposure Trips


C. Rehearsal and Recital Pics

 Rehearsals (June 2, 4 and 6, 2014)

 Recital (June 8, 2014 at Robinson’s Metro East)

D. Get-Together Party (June 14, 2014)

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What’s Your Dance Style?

So you love to dance..?

There are various types or styles of dance that people usually do or have like jazz, modern, contemporary, ballet, ballroom and more… Some people are more on, or should I say , have their own different style of dance.. . Most of them may even consider themselves to be more on either ballet or any kind of dance they find enjoying.

I consider myself to be more on the hip-hop style of dance and hip-hop dance has different styles too. Some hip-hop dance styles include: krumping (this dance move include jab, arm swings, chest pops, and stomps. This kind of hip-hop dance becomes even more popular nowadays among teenagers or other people) , harlem shake (this dance move originated during the 80s which became popular as well and this movement involves merely a creative convulsion of your body; some people call this movement a ‘drunken dance’ ) , jerkin (as the name says it, this movement involves ‘jerking’ wherein a dancer uses or shows a set of leg stretching), etc. 

  Some or most people consider dancing as their way of exercise and losing weight. And some also do this for expressing themselves and showcasing their talent. Even I do consider dancing as my way to lose weight and expressing myself , showing my ‘hyperactive’ side and expressing myself as well.

   There are some workshops for those aspiring dancers like Performing Arts (in AATA) , Big Shift (never tried enrolling in this one but I would love to) , and other workshops that offer dance classes here in Philippines. Learning about dance and its styles has never been this fun. If given the chance to enroll again in a workshop that offers something like this, I would definitely do so.

So what are you waiting for? Discover the ‘dancer’ in you and your dance style as well




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