Zumba Dance Group

Chairpersons: Angela Tan, Sophie Wang
Time: Monday: 2:00—3:00pm
Friday: 1:30—2:30pm
Location: Institute of Diplomacy & International Affairs
Contact person: Angela Tan
Contact email: angelatan0914@gmail.com



~Fitness, Fun, and Friendship~

I think we have all seen those videos of ballet classes full of adorable, slim and flexible girls with the one oversized girl in the back. While all girls graciously follow the teacher, the girl in the back is always a few seconds behind. She is out of breath and out of place.

This is the picture that immediately came up in my mind (me being the girl in the back) when a few years ago, Janet Malanga encouraged me give the WTIC Zumba class a try. I ignored my fears, because I believe that we sometimes need to get out of our comfort zone, push our boundaries and do something we never did before. This is how we grow.

I could not have been more wrong on being out of place. From the first moment, I felt right at home. No judgmental looks, no keeping score, no competition. Just real interest, fun, hard work, lots of laughter and clearing the mind by only having to focus on the next move. All this thanks to a truly wonderful group and great teacher, Kathleen Batchelor, with her infectious laugh and energy.
A quick search on the Internet learns the many health benefits Zumba offers, especially for the not-so-young: it keeps heart and lungs healthy, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels, improves posture, coordination, agility and balance, reduces stress and burns calories. The latter is not much help with frequent shared lunches or coffee and cake after class!

Attending the WTIC Zumba class regularly has added a lot to my life in Taipei. I love the workout, the fun, the laughter and the friendship. I might occasionally still be out of breath, but by no means out of place!

By Marijke Stijne