Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ireland, England, Denmark...

My family tree traces to Ireland, England & Denmark NOT Brazil, India, Cuba, anywhere in South America or Spain. I am 5'8 and so pale I'm nearly translucent.
Exhibit A:

This photo was taken last weekend. Yes, it is the end of summer and I still appear as pale as I was in January and I'm proud of it. (Just wait 30 years, I'll have less wrinkles than my tan friends! Alas, this is beside the point of this post.)

Added to the facts above, I am a dance drop out. I started kiddo ballet from age 3. I switched to tap & jazz in late elementary school when bangs were a bad idea & purple rimmed glasses were oh-so-hot (or not) and my arms and legs started to flail away from the elegant & poised positions of ballet. While I appreciate the art of dance, I lack the key element of rhythm. Sometimes you must simply embrace the quote, "dance like no ones watching." So I grabbed a friend and did.

I went to my first Zumba class with a feisty teacher who kept reminding us to pop a sexy hip, get low, & gangsta walk, all things that don't come naturally to me (see above heritage description). I'll admit, I spent half the hour long class laughing at myself and my ridiculous faces, but it was fun and was a good workout. It brought a smile to my face. There were all kinds of women bouncing there way around the classroom and I only felt a little silly. It didn't matter that the only step I was absolutely in tune with was "the charleston." (insert irony here.) It was fun, and now that my schedule will allow it, I'll go again.

Have you done anything new recently that surprised you?






9 comments:

Jen said...

I love Zumba class! I took tap and ballet growing up, and hip hop was never my thing either, but it is still lots of fun. I find myself sometimes practicing in the mirror at home...ha! Just keep going, have fun, and you will get more comfortable. And remember, as my instructor always says, it's not like they will be having a recital anytime soon!

LuvRedandWhite said...

I went to Zumba last night :) It made me laugh to see the older women in there just outdancing me!

Dollface said...

Zumba! Thats so great! I have been itching to go to a class.. maybe you will push me! xxxoo

Heather said...

I've been to one class and I thought it was really fun but like you, I did feel a little silly at times. By the way, I love your dress in that picture!

Brittany said...

I love Zumba!!!! So much fun.

Kelly said...

It took me forever to get the courage to go to a zumba class. I have NO rhythm and look like Marla Hooch from the movie, A League of their Own when I dance! ha!
BUT once I got over the embarrassment, I had the most fun and a great work out!!

garden state prep said...

I want to try Zumba but I don't have a bit of rhythm so I've been putting it off. Sounds like you had a great workout!

Kelly V. said...

I love your dress - I would totally embrace your skin coloring, I would love to be wrinkle free when I get older :)And yay for Zumba - I haven't gone, but I lack coordination & would probably make a fool of myself!

At least I'm skinny said...

I'm in the same heritage boat. I keep in mind the long run as well (wrinkle wise). And yeah, gorgeous dress.