Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Zumba tonight!!! Remember how we have taken a week off? Um- time to get your butts up and moving again!
Pat Harris Dance School
1225 Mckinney St.
Boise, ID 83704

Friday, December 18, 2009

NO class next week

There will be NO class Dec. 21st or 23rd, but class will resume the week after Christmas.

And check this out... you WILL NOT want to miss this! See you there!!

Fantastic Zumba Instructors from all over the valley team up to raise money for Strong Kids. The Strong Kids ensures that no child is turned away for the inability to pay. Your participation could help us send a kid to camp, swim lessons , dance class, Y ball and much much more. You don't want to miss this event.First 60 registered get a chance to win Zumba Wear. Where: West YMCATime: 10-11:30 a.m.Fee: $6.00 pre registered on or before Dec 30th. $10.00 at the door.Registration opens Tuesday Dec 15th.All participants must be 10 years or older to attend this event and will be charged regular admission. There will be no child watch during this event. Only those participating in the event will be allowed entry into the facility. Register at the front desk or online at Registration opens Tuesday Dec. 15th.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My sentiments exactly

Came across this little blurb in my monthly Zumba newsletter, and really liked it. Thought I would share it with all of you. I am grateful for Zumba and the escape it provides for me, but I am more grateful my supportive students who make it all worth while. Each and everyone of you should really strive to use the one hour Zumba class to let go of inhibitions, and cares, and worries, and just let the music and movement overcome your body! It isn't about looking cute when you dance, or trying to copy my movements exactly, or anyone else's. It is about having one hour of you time, where you can be completely consumed by passion for music and dance, and forgetting about the hectic lives we lead!

Gratitude is a gift we give ourselves. It makes us feel happier and more peaceful. When we take a step back and really look at all that we have in our lives, we feel gratitude. That feeling of gratitude humbles us yet makes us stronger to go out and live our lives fully, leaving all fear, doubt and worry at the door.
Enter the Zumba program. Zumba class feels like an hour of living in the moment, and it is. In time, though, it becomes more than just an hour-long activity, it becomes a lifelong endeavor. The Zumba program is about expressing ourselves exactly as we are and loving every moment of what we do. Sure, there are steps to follow, shifts in rhythm, the warming up and the cooling down. But it teaches us and our students how to let go and enjoy. We let go in Zumba class and learn to let go in life. These are the moments when we feel most alive; and for these moments, we feel gratitude.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I need a fix!

One class last week has left me in serious need of a Zumba Fix!! How about you?! Be there tonight at 8:30 to curb that Zumba appetite, (and to work off the Thanksgiving appetite we satisfied all weekend long, stuffing our faces with dressing, turkey, yams, pie, and whatever else happened to make its way into our bellies!)
Also, don't forget to bring cash or check for the Zumba Wear I will have available to you! Tanks, cargo pants, and hip scarves. The best part- you can try on before you buy, and there is no S&H.
8:30pm tonight! Upstairs studio Pat Harris Dance School 1225 McKinney St.! See you there!

your adoring instructor,

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Zumba Wear tonight!

I will have adorable Zumba Wear available for purchase tonight at class! RED pants, and various colors and sizes of tanks. Bring cash or check. This is a much easier method than buying on line. NO S&H, and you can try items on first!
I will also have hip scarves for the belly dance songs! So much fun! See you tonight!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I know this is a little late in coming, but Zumbaween was awesome!! Thank you all for coming, and for being good sports showing up in your costumes and all! Special recognition and props go to Lindsey who did an entire Zumba class in 6 inch heels! Yowzers!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Idaho Salsa Championships this Weekend!

You know that I love Salsa dancing almost as much as I love Zumba! So here is a heads up on some upcoming salsa events in town:

This weekend
Friday Oct. 23rd
Idaho Salsa Championships at Pan Y Vino.
First round of dance competition.
Los Callejeros from SLC will be there dancing and judging.
Social dancing until 2am.

Saturday Oct. 24th
Final round of competition at Boise Cafe.
Crowning of the winners.
Social Dancing until 2am with Callejeros and other guests.
Workshops during the day beginner and advanced.

check out for more detailed information! (and sadly, no, I'm not competing in the competition since my partner will still be in Mexico!)

Friday Oct. 30th
Salsa Thriller Halloween @ The Bouquet
1010 W. Main between 10th & 11th in downtown Boise
9p - Beginner Lessons - Merengue, Bachata & Salsa (included in cover)
10p to 2a - The hottest Latin & Michael Jackson songs all night long!
$5 Single $7 Couple (as in friends, dating, just met, married, etc.)
21 & Up, Full Bar, Big Dance Floor, Non-Smoking Venue
Best Costume 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Best Costume/Dancing 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Oct 30-31 at Boise Cafe:
The Boise Cafe invites everyone to the following events on the HALLOWEEN weekend:
3Oth October, Bachata night, featuring midnight bachata show, and competition were the winners get a price of 100 dollars cash, and much more for our guests. See us this coming weekend to register.
31st October Halloween party, with specials on drinks all night long, 100 dollars price to the best costume, and other wonderful prices. So don't forget your costume! 6 dollars at the door.
The Boise Cafe plays Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cumbia.

October 31st at Pan y Vino:
Come dressed as your favorite Halloween Character....Arrive between 10 and 11pm in costume and you can get in free.There will be a costume contest with a $200 cash prize for Best Costume.All music presented by DJ Forastero y Mr. Konga

Finally multiple salsa options! would love to see any and all of you there! Call me with any questions!

And of course see you tonight at ZUMBA!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

FREE ZUMBA! Come out, come out wherever you are!!!

ZUMBALICIOUS PEEPS! Where are you?! Our numbers have dropped drastically since we changed classes to Monday/Wednesday, and I'm not sure if its because September is just a really busy month, or if those days don't work for a lot of you. I know its not because you are sick of Zumba!

We are having TWO FREE PREVIEWS next week! Monday and Wednesday classes will be FREE for any and all who attend, so tell your friends and rally up the troops! We are going to party ZUMBA style!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back to Salsa

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Back to Salsa Event last night. I have no pictures to prove it, but it was awesome!! Lots of interest in Zumba, so hopefully we'll have some new friends soon! ZUMBA RULES.

There is another Salsa event Sept 26th at the Knitting Factory, and if you haven't been to any yet, this one will be spectacular! A collaboration of all the dance companies in Boise, each performing a salsa-inspired number. So come! FREE SALSA LESSONS! AND I WILL HAVE FREE TICKETS FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS THEM!! MARK YOUR CALENDAR PEEPS!

Monday, August 17, 2009



Tuesday, August 11, 2009

BEER FEST!! woop woop!

We did a one hour Zumba demo on both Saturday and Sunday at the Boise Beer Festival. They were awesome! I think the crowd really enjoyed them, and some fun-loving drunkies even got up and danced!
The only down fall- my car got towed on Sunday. :( Not even going to mention how much I paid to get it back.
I love that the Zumba-bug is finally biting the beautiful Boise folk! Thanks to all of my fantastic students for helping to spread the enthusiasm and share the Zumba Love! You all rule!


Power Zumba has officially started! It is on Mondays from 8-9:30pm, and just ask anyone of the girls that was there last night, it was a killer workout! Glutes, thighs, calves, hams, shoulders, abs, we pretty much nailed the whole bod!
So join us next Monday at 8pm. for 90 minutes of hard working fun! Cost is $12 per class.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

POWER ZUMBA to power out the summer!!

In order to finish the summer with a little extra push, for the next 4 Wednesdays I would like to offer a Power Zumba class: one and half hour Zumba classes that include more toning than our regular hour long classes.
They will be at Pat Harris Dance Studio from 8pm-9:30pm. They will cost $10/class if you pre-pay for all four, or $12/class if you drop in.
Here is the kicker- I am only going to do this if I have at least four students that will presign for all four classes, in order to cover my additional rent costs. SO- if you want to whip your booty into shape before the summer ends, talk to your friends and get them recruited. The more the merrier!
Leave a comment on the blog if you are interested, or call me, or facebook me, or email me....yikes! There are too many social networking venues!

Wednesday is only a preliminary day. If Monday works better for most, that would also work. Your call people!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I love my job!

May I just say that I LOVE my job? I feel so blessed to get to teach Zumba. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE my students! You are seriously awesome! I don't know why, but I had a ton of fun tonight, even more than usual. Thanks for the pick me up! You are so great!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Master Class with the Master of all Masters.

Beto and Marti

me and new Zumba friend Lana

the Zumba Men

Marti and Kerry- my first Zumba teachers from SG

Beto and the fabulous Lindsey Taylor

me and Camilo

me and the Master

The Master Class was awesome! BETO has so much intensity and energy it was unreal! Oh how I love Zumba!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Killer deal on shoes...

I found Nike Musique IV shoes- the kind with the pivot and non-marking soles, great for Zumba, at Sports Authority on Milwaukee for $50. They had another pair for $60, and a Musique III which would also work for $29!! This is a STEAL people! I paid $120 for my first pair.
If you need shoes....go there....NOW!!

Idaho Salsa Congress

Idaho Salsa Congress was amazing! If you missed it, you should be bummed! Liz Lira and Cristian Oviedo were so incredible! But never you worry, there is always more to come. And I will of course keep you posted!


Make you come tomorrow because CLASS IS CANCELLED ON THURSDAY! But tomorrow we will learn a new Salsa routine, and next Tuesday I will be back and full of Beto energy from the Master Class!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

FREE Salsa Class tonight!!

My friend Trino is offering a FREE Salsa class directly following my Zumba class tonight, and you are all welcome to stay for it! You do not have to have a partner to go, but it would be great if you did! So round up your husband, boyfriend, brother, whoever, and get them to come with you! I will not charge men for my class tonight.
You can just stay in your workout clothes for the Salsa class; although you may want to bring heels, its a little easier to dance in them. But tennis shoes are perfectly fine too, whatever you feel more comfortable in.
Don't miss this chance to soak up some authentic Salsa moves free of charge! See you and your new friend (male or female) tonight at 8:25pm- we are starting at 8:30 sharp since we can't go late tonight. Plan on staying until 10:30pm! (But you can leave anytime you need).
Ditch the workout, join the party!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009


Wehoo!! New dances coming at ya. So be there.

And- as an added bonus- I am counting this week's attendance in the June Prize give away for whoever attends the most classes in June. So double be there.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


On the poll in the side bar.

Zumba your way!!!

One of my most favorite things about Zumba is that everybody does it differently, and everybody is right!!! Zumba is about expressing yourself through dance, releasing tension and stress through dance, finding energy and inspiration through dance, and getting in shape through dance. It is NOT about being the most perfect, precise, professional, technical dancer. Not only do Zumba participants vary in skill level, shapes, and sizes, but ZUMBA instructors do too!

We are getting closer to the end of our first session, which means new dances are on the way pretty quickly. I would LOVE to see all of you take the last couple weeks with these songs that you are already comfortable with to do Zumba your way! Throw in an extra arm movement, change the hips, increase/decrease intensity to fit your style and your needs! GIVE IT YOUR FLAVOR! Take the hour to do you, and don't feel like you have to do every move my way. As long as your shaking it, everybody's happy!

You guys rock! I honestly love teaching you. I look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays nights all week, and carry the energy you feed me throughout the remainder of the week. Thank you for being a part of my passion.

ZUMBA wear

Want to dress the part? Check out the shop on There are plenty of adorable tank tops, pants, shorts, t shirts, and accessories to fit your style. Let me know what you want, and I can get it for cheaper shipping, once I get an order big enough. So start shopping, tell your friends to start shopping, get me to STOP shopping, and lets put in an order!
Remember- zumba prizes in June... be there!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The first PRIZE!!!

As promised, June will be a month of fun and give aways. Here is the first challenge:

Whoever makes it to the most classes in June will win a little Zuma pride, to wear on your arm.
Be advised that class will be cancelled on Thursday June 18th, because I will be shaking my booty with BETO PEREZ!! Yes. You read that correctly- I will be at a Zumba Master Class in Salt Lake with the creator of it all. Weeeehooo!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tis the month of May...

Which means the months of swimsuits, tank tops, and shorts are nearing with fierce speed! Get yourself ready the Zumbalicious way!! And watch for upcoming specials in the month of June! But you have to be there to partake!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Thursday's Class

Thanks to all the ladies that came Thursday! I felt pretty good about the class... the intensity was much better than Tuesday- where I continued to break down each song. SO next week I will not be breaking down songs. DO NOT let this discourage new comers, however. Just remind them that we do the same dances for 6-8 weeks, and it gets easier everytime they come back. I will also choreograph an additional warm up song that will preview all of the more difficult moves throughout the hour, so you won't feel totally clueless!

I am also hoping to get the routines recorded and added to the blog, so you can watch at home and know what is coming.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

What should one wear to Zumba?

One of the most frequent questions I have received from new patrons is "what should I wear to Zumba?" Good question- here is your answer:

Whatever regular workout attire you feel most comfortable in! Something that is easy to move in, and something that allows for adequate ventilation and body breathing. It will be different for everybody, just be sure that it is supportive in the necessary areas (ladies you know what I mean)!

Shoes need to be supportive tennis shoes. However, there is a lot of cross lateral movement in Zumba, and you may find that older shoes with worn down traction are best- so long as they still have good support.

If you are looking to make a new investment for Zumba shoes- any jazz or dance tennis shoe would be your best option. I wear Nike's dance shoe, that has a pivot in the toe, for easier turning and torquing. They run anywhere from $98- $130, depending on where you buy. I just found them on Zappos for $98.10.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Boise Weekly

Check out this week's Boise Weekly for my interview about Zumba in Boise! You can pick up a free Boise Weekly at any coffee joint, or most WiFi spots. The article is entitled "Zoo-what?" Boise is finding Zumba love! Hooray for being a part of it!!

Or lets just make it easy on all of us....

Preview #2

AWESOME class again!! Thanks so much to everyone who came! I am stoked to see that people are catching the Zumba bug, and love it as much as I do!! Remember it gets easier everytime you come. Before long, you'll be shaking it with the best of them! I am majorly impressed with everyone's efforts. Zumba can be a great place to not only burn cals and get in shape, but to relieve stress and have some "me time" too; so keep coming, and spread the word!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

First Preview Class

Our first class was awesome!! Thanks so much for all of you who came out! Remember, another freebie this Thursday!! Regular priced classes start next Tuesday: $8 per class, or buy a 10-class punch card for $60!! The punch cards will be available for purchase after the preview Thursday. Cash only. Can't wait to see you all! You were great Tuesday! Shake it till you make it!
Viva la Zumba!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

FREE preview classes

Can't wait to see you there! April 21st and 23rd FREE of charge. Bring your friends, mom, dad, husband, boyfriend... bring them all! The more the merrier! Ditch the workout, join the PARTY!!!

What is Zumba...

2008 Zumba Convention from Zumba Fitness on Vimeo.