Engaging Each Day with Action Words

Dance. — Lessons on Life from Zumba for Kids

on November 9, 2013

Open the door.

Get on the floor.

Everybody do the Dinosaur.

Boom. Boom. Shakalakalaka Boom.

Boom. Boom. Shakalakalaka Boom.

And Repeat.

This was my Saturday morning.

And here are ten things that I learned from the Zumba Kids class this morning that we can all apply to our lives:

1. Just get up and move.

It doesn’t take much. Just decide you are going to move your body and do it. No excuses. Go for a walk. Do some sit ups. You don’t need fancy equipment or an expensive gym membership. Just move.

2. It doesn’t matter what you wear or what you look like.

No need for Lululemon pants either. (Which you’d look great in, just the way you are, by the way…but who wants to give them money now? Not me!) Your old college t-shirt and some sweat pants work just fine. Of course, X needed his special ‘running clothes’ even though it was 30 some degrees outside and he was in shorts.

3. Nobody is watching you.

For reals. Nobody is watching you. They are watching themselves in the mirror. Because we all like to see how we look dancing. Because we know we look cool. Even if nobody is watching.

4. Give yourself plenty of space.

Yeah. It’s a big world out there. Be brave. Spread out. Move around. Take up some space for your own.

5. Just learn it step by step, move by move, then put it all together.

No need to get overwhelmed trying to learn everything at once. Take one step at a time. Practice each part. And then amaze others as you put all the pieces together on your way to Awesome.

6. Watch the teacher, you’ll figure it out.

If you are lucky, you’ve got a great teacher, a wonderful mentor. Pay attention to what they say and do.

7. Don’t be afraid to move to the front of the room.

Show off a little. Stand in front of others and share your gifts and talents. Don’t hide behind others. Get in the spotlight sometimes.

8. Play and laugh with your friends.

You don’t have to be so serious all the time. Go play. Have some fun. Be silly. It will keep you young.

9. Sing while you dance.

Music speaks to our souls like nothing else can. Play it loud. Learn the words. Let the music speak to you in ways that simple words just can’t manage.

10. Have a big finish that includes a fist pump in the air. Everything is better if it ends with a fist pump in the air!

Do everything you do with zest, with gusto, with energy. Or don’t do it. And you get bonus if you yell “Tada!” or “Yeah!” over your accomplishments. You’ll inspire people to want to get what you’re having a little bit more!

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

By the way, this song is dedicated to the most frightfully wondrous dinosaur in all of the bloggy universe, Rarasaur.

Today’s Action Challenge: This one is easy. Hook up your iPod to some speakers. Dust off the turntable. Crank the boom box. Find a few favorite songs or pull out that playlist you made recently.

Turn up the volume.


Then. Dance some more.

Let’s all, Go. Do that.


8 responses to “Dance. — Lessons on Life from Zumba for Kids

  1. Reblogged this on I Run Around and commented:
    Ideas for kids

  2. Cheri says:

    I just shared this on FB for my daughter, she is a Zumba instructor in Oregon and she is also a preschool teacher 🙂 Great post.

  3. Jan says:

    Awesome post! Love the video!

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