Second grade teacher Natalie Maj works hard to motivate the students in her Meadow Ridge Elementary School classroom. But it’s her second job that stretches the limits of her ability to motivate.
Maj is a Zumba instructor, combining her ability to teach with her passion for fitness. The fast-paced, get-up-and-dance exercise program fuses Latin rhythms with aerobic dance moves.
Zumba was developed in the mid-1990s by fitness instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez, a native of Columbia, using the traditional Latin music and dance movements he’d known since childhood. Perez’s classes caught on and soon became the most attended sessions at the health club at which he was teaching. Perez’s Zumba technique quickly caught on with Americans and spread to gyms and health clubs across the country.
The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) will be joining forces with Maj, and fellow Zumba instructor Kandi Holmstrom from the YMCA of Belmont, for an exciting fitness fundraiser. “We are excited at the
opportunity to help raise monies for the REF and help put resources into local classrooms and promote educational opportunities for children,” said Maj and Holmstrom. Kandi Holmstrom and Natalie Maj are both certified instructors through either the American Council on Exercise or the Aerobics and Fitness Associate of America. Together they carry several specialized certifications including Zumba, Mad Dogg Spinning, Les Mills (Body Pump) and pilates. Both instructors represent the YMCA of Belmont where they teach classes of their own including Zumba. In addition, Kandi is the creator of the outdoor Rock Hard Boot Camp which runs out of both Rockford and Grand Rapids with limited enrollment. For more information regarding her classes visit www.RockHardBootCamp.com.
Natalie has established Zumba classes through the Rockford Community Education Office. For more information contact either the Rockford Community Education office or firstname.lastname@example.org.Enrollment is limited to 50.
The first-annual Zumba Party is scheduled for May 29, at 6 p.m., in Rockford High School’s main gym. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. The night will be filled with music, Zumba dance instruction and many exciting give-aways. The YMCA of Belmont has donated three one month memberships for either one adult or a family as a give-away. The Philip Anthony Salon has donated some generous discounts on hair color, cuts and full body massages. The Hampton Inn has donated 50% on one night stays. Other donations come from Brann’s Restaurant, not to mention Zumba CD’s and t-shirts to be given away as well. Come and join the Party.