Ditch the Workout...Join the Party!

What is a Zumba fitness class like? It's a very exciting dance party atmosphere full of Latin and international music. You'll forget you're working out with the sexy but simple moves to dance music like Cha Cha, Salsa, reggaeton, rumba and more. Best of all, you don't need any previous dance experience!

It's fun and effective, using interval training combining fast and slow rhythms for an effective aerobic workout while at the same time targetting your legs, abs, glutes and arms.

The workout is basically watch and follow. The moves are repeated often enough for you to catch on and they're not complicated. The routines are repeated week after week with additions every now and then to spice things up even more!

According to the Zumba website, "Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be 'FUN AND EASY TO DO' in order for Zumba participants to stick to the Zumba fitness program to achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is not only great for the body, but it is also great for the mind. It is a 'feel happy' workout."

Zumba is very infectious and is definitely the latest, most exciting fitness sensation! What a fun way to workout to lose weight or just become a healthier new you - you'll love the results. Be sure to bring your family and friends to be a part of the Zumba Fitness party! Check out the Zumba website here for more info: http://www.zumba.com/. Happy Zumba-ing :-)

Zumba with Heather: http://www.energiezumba.com

New Dancing With The Stars Lineup

This info is thanks to the Fred Astaire Newsletter!

The excitement keeps building for Season 7 of Dancing With The Stars! The new season will be kicked off on September 22, 2008 and aired on ABC at 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. ET. The result show of the first episode airing on September 24 will have the Jonas Brothers and Jesse McCartney as guest performers.

Here is the rundown on the celebrities cast this season:

LANCE BASS - Lance Bass has sold over 50 million records as a member of the phenomenally successful pop group 'NSYNC. He also executive produced and starred in a number of film and television projects. In 2002, he successfully trained to be a cosmonaut at Russia's Star City and was certified by both the Russian Space Program and NASA for a mission aboard a Soyuz capsule. Lance is paired with the 2006 U.S. Youth Latin Champ, 2007 World Swing Dance Champ, and "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Lacey Schwimmer.

TONI BRAXTON - The winner of six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is a Billboard chart-topping singer and actress, selling over forty million records worldwide. Her U.S. number-one hit "Un-Break My Heart" is the second biggest single by a female artist in history. Toni teams up with Season One champion, Alec Mazo.

BROOKE BURKE - A network host, actress, entrepreneur and celebrity mom, Brooke Burke has graced numerous magazine covers, has her own top-selling swimsuit calendars, and is regularly ranked in men's magazines as one of the sexiest women in the world. Brooke teams with Derek Hough, a former world champion in Latin-American Dance.

ROCCO DISPIRITO - The James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and opened the 3-star Union Pacific in New York City in 1997. In 2003 he launched Rocco's for the reality series, "The Restaurant." He partners with Karina Smirnoff who is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff is "the first woman to ever make the British Professional Final with three different partners."

MAURICE GREENE - The winner of two gold medals in the 100m sprint and the 4x100m relay at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, track star Maurice Greene was dubbed the "World's Fastest Man" during his career. He is the current Indoor World Record holder in the 60m at 6.39 seconds. He teams up with two-time champion, Cheryl Burke.

KIM KARDASHIAN - Actress, model and reality television star, Kim Kardashian shot to stardom after the first airing of her hit E! reality series, "Keeping up with the Kardashians." Kardashian recently completed her first feature film, "Disaster Movie," and will also be seen on The N's series Beyond the Break. She teams up with defending champ, Mark Ballas, who returns for his third season.

CLORIS LEACHMAN - Actress Cloris Leachman's storied career has been recognized with nine Emmys®, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award®. Leachman has starred in a wide range of theater, television and motion picture projects, creating such indelible characters as Phyllis in the TV series "Phyllis" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," Frau Blucher in "Young Frankenstein," Nurse Diesel in "High Anxiety," and Ruth Popper in "The Last Picture Show" (for which she won an Oscar® and a BAFTA). Cloris teams with World Latin Champion and Mark's father, Corky Ballas.

CODY LINLEY - Cody Linley will be the youngest contestant ever to compete on "Dancing with the Stars." He is best known for his role as Jake Ryan on the wildly popular Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana," a role in which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award. Cody's film credits include "My Dog Skip," "HOOT," "Miss Congeniality," and "Cheaper By the Dozen." He teams with two-time Dancing with the Stars champ, Julianne Hough.

SUSAN LUCCI - As the most famous face in daytime television history, Lucci has held audiences spellbound for years as the sexy, sassy, beautiful woman you love to hate, Erica Kane on "All My Children." In May 1999, all of America stood and cheered when Susan Lucci won the Emmy® Award for Best Actress. She teams with Fred Astaire Champion dancer Tony Dovolani.

MISTY MAY-TREANOR - Beach Volleyball champion Misty May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh captured their second Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and became the first team ever to repeat as back-to-back champs. The victory also marked their 108th straight match win. Misty was also named Most Valuable Player in 2005 and 2006, Best Offensive Player in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and Best Defensive Player in 2006. She now joins a new teammate, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, a Ukrainian Latin Ballroom Dance Champion, choreographer, and instructor.

TED MCGINLEY - Actor Ted McGinley's extensive television credits include "Married with Children," "Hope & Faith," "Happy Days," recurring roles on the critically-acclaimed series "The West Wing," "Sports Night," "Charlie Lawrence," "Dynasty," and "The Love Boat." He has also starred in major films, such as "Pearl Harbor, Daybreak," "Dick," "Major League: Back to the Minors," "Wayne's World 2," and the cult hit "Revenge of the Nerds." Newcomer Inna Brayer will be paired with Ted. Inna is the current US Amateur 10 Dance Champion.

JEFFREY ROSS - Comedian Jeffrey Ross a.k.a. the "Roastmaster General," has delivered numerous show stopping performances at celebrity roasts honoring the likes of William Shatner, Hugh Hefner, Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, Bob Saget and Emmitt Smith, inspiring New York Magazine to crown him The Meanest Man in Comedy. He has also appeared in such films as the Farrelley Brothers' "Stuck on You," and the critical sensation, "The Aristocrats." He teams with Edyta Sliwinska, who is the only pro to compete in all seven seasons of Dancing with the Stars.

WARREN SAPP - Recently retired defensive tackle and Superbowl Champion Warren Sapp played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders during his 13 year career. His 96.5 career sacks are the second-highest career total sacks for a defensive tackle in the NFL. Warren was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, played in seven consecutive Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. He is teamed with Kym Johnson, an Australian former professional ballroom dancer, model, and television celebrity.

1 comment:

Dance said...

Hi there,

With shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars achieving unprecedented mainstream appeal, the art of ‘dance’ has become popular, sporty, and dare we say it…trendy. Unfortunately, dance lessons don’t come cheap and for those who’d love to master the Mambo may not have the luxury to do so.

Luckily, Ballroom Dance Channel (http://www.ballroomdancechannel.com), a new online dance community catering to dance fans worldwide, provides step-by-step instructional lessons for popular dances including the Rumba, Cha Cha, Tango, Waltz and many more. Taught by Dancing With the Stars’ Tony Dovolani and other professional dance instructors, Ballroom Dance Channel will teach AND show you how to move like the pros….literally!

We’d love for you to consider Ballroom Dance Channel as a sidebar to your Dancing with the Stars coverage if possible.

If you have any questions, need additional assets, or if you’d like to speak with Tony Dovolani or the creative team behind Ballroom Dance Channel – please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.