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Cory from the Amazing Race Canada attending our event

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on August 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are very excited to share the news that Cory from the Amazing Race Canada will be attending our event AND putting on his Elvis gear to perform a couple songs while we shake it! Don't forget to get your ticket today!

Front cover of the Journal!

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on February 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are very excited to be interviewed, along with two other fitness instructors, about music and fitness! Check out the journal or the online article if you get a moment.

Edmonton Zumba Party at the Enbridge Health and Wellness Event

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on September 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Many organizations are on a healthy kick. They know that fit employees who are relaxed and happy are more productive than employees who work too many hours and eat too much junk food. On Sunday, September 18, Enbridge will be hosting a Health and Wellness Fair for over 500 employees. From healthy snacks to the latest fitness trends, employees will get a chance to visit booths and try out activities at the main stage. Yours truly will be there with an Edmonton Zumba Party booth! It may possibly be the brightest and most loud booth there! But that's okay, we want to share the joy of Zumba with everyone. Plus, we will be doing 30 minutes on the main stage for everyone to give it a shot. If you work for Enbridge, come visit us! Is your organization looking for something different? Consider having Zumba at your next wellness fair! Besides, you may be surprised to find out that your boss can really shake it! (Maybe that's not a good thing? LOL)

Zumba Coverage on TELUS TV

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on August 17, 2011 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (1)

TELUS TV did a story on Melissa and Jessica about their Zumba classes and ZumbAtomic (for kids). Check out the video below!

Wheelchair Zumba at Somerset Extendicare Seniors Home

Posted by Anna Di Natale on February 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM Comments comments (1)

As I entered through the door of Somerset, I felt nervous of what to expect. Many questions entered my mind, was I really prepared for this? Were these seniors actually going to participate? What have I done? As my daughter Jessica, my grandson Adam and I made our way down the corridor to the recreational room, many heads turned our way wondering who these strange visitors were. Feeling their uncertainties made me anxious and sweaty. But I proceeded to set up the music and watched as 20 wheelchairs were wheeled into the room and positioned around me. I went blank and looked up at Jessica. Her smile and Adam’s rosy cheeks gave me the encouragement I needed. These individuals were about to experience something new and exciting. And so we started our wheelchair Zumba session.  I got many stares, and only a few participants taping their feet.  In a matter of seconds, more feet starting taping, arms moving up and down, hands clapping and smiles that made my heart swell. Participants ranged in ages with the oldest being 107 years old. I kept thinking of my instructor who quoted in class “doesn’t matter how old we are, we are all young at heart, and we all crave the same things.” Moving, laughing and feeling the music was what this day was all about. One participant feel asleep, but kept taping one foot. Was she there? Absolutely, she felt the beat, like we all feel the beat. This was one special day, that will remain with me forever.

Zumba Improves Brain Function

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on February 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Improved blood flow to the brain keeps it in good shape. Learning new routines encourages the brain to produce new dendrites (connections between nerve cells), which help your brain to store and retrieve information more easily. In other words, Zumba works your body and your mind!


But it does more than that. Physiological changes occur in your body that alter moods. If you’ve come to a Zumba class, you’ve probably experienced this first hand.


“Dance gets you into your body,” says Nancy Cassman, a dance/movement therapist and founder of Express Your Self, a dance and movement center in Boulder, Colo. “In our society, people sit at desks and on couches all the time, and we’ve become very brain-oriented,” she points out. “Dance bridges the gap between the brain and the body so that you tap into your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental being.”


Cassman believes wholeheartedly that when you start moving your body, you’ll start moving the energy in your life too. One reason is that dance releases endorphins, so it functions as a mood enhancer. Part of her work as a movement therapist is exploring how and where people experience emotion in the body.


In dance movement therapy, movement – especially the sensual, rhythmic response aroused by dance and music – is used as a way of bypassing the conscious mind and making contact with the inner emotional world. Through dance, hidden emotions can be expressed in a nonverbal way and accepted by the conscious self.

Kids love ZumbAtomic!

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on February 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (2)

For the past few months, Jessica and I have been visiting schools and introducing Zumba to kids from Kindergarten to Grade 6.


At some schools, we’ve had more than 50 kids at once all jumping, shaking, giggling and moving without realizing it. The Zumba kids program truly works for the appropriate ages.


I often wonder if the boys will participate. Yet, when we put the music on, they are the first ones to jump in and really get into it. Interesting.


We usually play a game where we grab 1-3 students and bring them in the middle of the circle of kids. They come up with a move that everyone does together with them. One little boy put his hands on his butt and starting shaking his hips, and all his classmates cheered him on while doing the same movement. You can imagine how the teachers and I were cracking up at this.


The kids have so much fun. I love that the ZumbAtomic program is helping kids get healthy and learn to love not only exercise, but also dance and different cultures.


I would love to see this program become part of the Alberta Curriculum.



Zumbathon for the CSL University Team!! March 14

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on February 12, 2011 at 2:29 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm excited to announce an upcoming Zumbathon! The Zumbathon is with Jessica and myself. As you guys may know, we are available to come out to your fundraiser and hold a Zumbathon. The University has asked us to do a Zumbathon on behalf of the Community Service Learning team. Every year, this team goes out and does community work for countries in need. This year, they are going to Mexico to build homes!! Funds raised will go towards travel expenses for them.


Who: Zumbathon with Melissa and Jessica

When: Monday, March 14, 6:15 - 8 pm (1.5 hours of Zumba)

Where: Maple Leaf Room, Lister Centre (University)

Donation: $15 general, $10 Student


Tickets can be purchased from me, Jessica, Anna, at the University (ask for the CSL contact) or at the door. Our goal is 150-200 people to come out and have fun!! You may see some brand new choregraphy :)

If you are curious about how to have us come to your events, check out our Events page.


Our V-Day treat for participants

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on February 12, 2011 at 2:09 AM Comments comments (0)

The week of Valentines, Melissa, Jessica and Anna are sharing the gift of Zumba to all our participants. On February 15, 16 and 17, bring someone you love to class for free. All other loved ones can come for half price. It's our way of saying we heart you.



Zumba has teamed up with Curves!

Posted by Melissa Di Natale on December 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM Comments comments (0)

The latest Zumba class is called Zumba® in the Circuit!  Maximize your workout while still having a total blast. This is an exciting new workout that combines the Curves 30-minute workout with the motivating music and dance moves of Zumba! You’ll tone up, burn hundreds of calories, and have so much fun you won’t even realize you’re working out.


Get the metabolism-boosting, strength-building benefits of circuit training while perfecting Zumba moves—all in the same class! Guaranteed to blast calories and thwart boredom, Zumba in the Circuit moves students from one exercise station to the next to the thumping beats of reggaeton, salsa, merengue, hip-hop and more. Be in and out in 30 minutes flat —this time-effective and efficient class can be adapted for all fitness levels. Check out a Curves near you.