Fancy feet {+ a new Zumba video}

Hiiiii πŸ™‚ Hope you’re enjoying the week so far! Livi and I had a great day yesterday and last night, I met some friends for yoga. It had been forever since I’ve taken a class, and mannnn, did I need it. My tight hips and quads were crying a little, but some namaste time has them feeling so much better today. Plus, girls’ night is always a good idea πŸ™‚

So, I can’t get Sunday night’s flamenco performance out of my brain.

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For starters, the food at Casa Vicente was out.of.this.world. Like I said, it gave me hope that food can still taste good after Italy. So we were all very happy campers eating until the performance started, and it only got better from there. Going out to eat has become easy again with my Oliv -she loves to dine out and is usually fantastic, but went through a thing where she hated the high chair– and I wasn’t sure if the show would hold her attention for longer than a few minutes. Also, we were on the side in the very front, so if she decided to throw a tantrum, we’d get the stink eye from about a hundred people around us. Thankfully, she loved it as much as I hoped she would. She watched intently, clapped and cheered in between bites of her food. We didn’t stay for the entire two-hour show, but made it for over an hour, which in toddler land = an eternity. 

And the dancers….

Oh em geeeeeee.

I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this much on the blog, but I grew up dancing folklorico, which is the traditional dance of Mexico.

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(Yep, I had the dresses, fake braids, the whole enchilada. It was so much fun.)

The amount of differences and similarities between flamenco and folklorico are fairly equal. In folklorico, we used our skirts often and would perform dances from different regions of Mexico. In flamenco, there are more aspects to the art: the singing, the dancing and the clapping. I did folklorico from when I was 4 until I was 13, when the gears switched over to primarily jazz, tap, hip hop, Irish step, and later, a little ballet sprinkled in. As you can see, I’ve always been a little all over the place πŸ˜‰

While watching the flamenco performance, I couldn’t help but think “I want to do that!”

It’s in my before-30 bucket list, so maybe I’ll try out a class or two when it works with my schedule– maybe after the half marathon?

In the meantime, I’ll keep dance cardio-ing and Zumba-ing. 

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Speaking of Zumba, here’s a new video I filmed in our garage. We’re trying to transform one of the car areas into a clean, workout-friendly space so I can easily take pics and videos to share. As you can see, it still needs some work, but I was too excited to get started. 

This is one of my current favorite songs, mostly because Marc Anthony’s voice sets my soul free.

This salsa has more complex footwork, so I tried to show some options to make it more challenging, play with direction changes, or simplify based on your needs.

Hope you enjoy!

 

xoxo

Gina

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57 Comments

  1. Lisa on September 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I think that’s so neat that you used to dance folklorico. I always wish I grew up dancing so maybe I was a bit more coordinated with my feet, but sadly that’s not the case.
    And I also love the fact that you had a girls night doing yoga – so need to do that with my friends soon.

  2. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on September 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I love flamenco! It’s so awesome to watch and of course, their dresses are always gorgeous! Enjoyed the new Zumba video!

  3. RachelG on September 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Gina, you’re getting so creative with the Zumba videos! Love it! I’ll definitely be incorporating this into my Solibeat workout…which is amazeballs, btw! I may have gone a little nuts during the freestyle. lol. πŸ™‚

  4. Jackie on September 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I wish I could dance I’m missing the groove thang gene!

  5. Captain Competition on September 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I love that you are converting part of your garage into your ‘fitness filming studio’. Looks like a great start.

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      thank you! πŸ™‚

  6. Elizabeth M. on September 24, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I have a HUGE respect for flamenco dancers, I’ve taken a few classes here and there and it seriously blows my mind, there are so many things going on at once!

  7. Erica on September 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

    ah! You rock it. Love the video πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      thank you, lovely friend!

  8. Alexandra on September 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Love the video!! Cant wait to get home tonight and test it out! I’ve been sticking to low impact cardio for the past few weeks following doctors orders so dance has been a fabulous option and I’m loving the new change!

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  9. Amelia on September 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Hey, I’ve been trying to have a afternoon snack (( Since I eat breakfest/lunch so early, it’s a good 4-5 hours before dinner.)) and for the past few weeks I’ve been eating 1-2 carrots with 1.5tbs (( aka a blob from a spoon)) of natural peanut butter. Is that a bad thing to have for a snack?.. as in, is it too much for a snack? I generally eat Big breakfasts (( 300-360cls is big for me ha.)) and have a salad with some carrots and celery for lunch/and dinner, so I like to eat small things inbetween meals, but I worry that maybe Peanut butter isn’t a good thing for a constant snack?..

    // I workout about 45-55 minutes per-day with running and cardio if that helps.

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      that’s definitely a good snack! it actually sounds like you might need to up your fuel intake if you’re having a light salad for lunch and dinner and working out so much
      xo

  10. Brittany on September 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

    LOVED the video! I can’t wait to do it later today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also can’t wait until I get my solibeat video!

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      wahoooooo! hope it gets there soon πŸ™‚ will email you back tonight too!

  11. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on September 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Wait, I love the beginning of your video!!!! That’s new! So cool. Did you film yourself doing that!?! Love it. Totally would love to try flamenco. Although I’m not a huge fan of the flamenco tracks from Zumba, I think this would be a little different (especially if I have a skirt!).

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      thank you!! no, i ordered it. i can send you the info if you’d like πŸ™‚
      xoxo

  12. Emily on September 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I love folk dancing of any kind. It sort of takes my mind back to that time before movies, malls, and modern entertainment where that WAS what you did to celebrate. It’s on my bucket list to take more social dance classes so I can grab more dancing opportunities when they come up.

  13. mary @ minutes per mile on September 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    when i lived in spain i saw a few flamenco shows — so exciting! so much passion! love the zumba video, great “studio” πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      now i’m dying to go to spain! haha

  14. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on September 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Great video! You can definitely see that you have a dance background πŸ™‚

  15. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on September 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I love watching flamenco!! The dancers just make it look so easy, I feel like I could just jump on stage and twirl around with them! Which is most def not reality haha I would have to take a dance class (or a hundred) to get up to speed πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      hahah seriously! i wouldn’t even know where to start

  16. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on September 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I think this is amazing! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I wish I had your talent when it came to dancing! Thats why I stick to running haha

  17. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on September 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Ohhhh that’s so cool that you’re turning your garage into a filming area! You will have less awkward looks from other gym goers πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      exactly πŸ™‚

  18. Kelly on September 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Excited for this video! Salsa is my favorite footwork in Zumba! Thanks Gina! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  19. Meg on September 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I could not dance like that in a million years! I can barley tie my shoes I’m so uncoordinated πŸ™‚ Love the video though! Maybe hidden away in my basement I’ll give it a go ;)!

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      dooooooooo it

  20. Beverly Aragon on September 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Awesome moves on the new Zumba video! BTW, my copy of Soli Beat arrived yesterday and while I haven’t had a chance to actually do the workout, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Ay, ay, ay…you and Sasha are amazing dancers!!! I can’t wait for Friday (my cardio day) to “virtually” workout with you rockstars πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      ohhhh yeahhhh! i’m so excited! let me know what you think when you give it a try πŸ™‚

  21. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on September 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    You’re so cute! You make it look SO easy! I’d be stumbling all over myself. πŸ˜‰

  22. queenoffitness on September 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    SUPER vid gina! i have been loving that song since summer and although i generally don’t lead salsa routines in my class, i think i will just because i love this song AND your routine.

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      thank you!! hope your class loves it πŸ™‚

  23. april on September 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    you are so talented! i wish i had moves like you. thanks for sharing this video πŸ™‚

  24. Mike Batliner on September 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    The dancing looks fun and like something worth trying at least once on your life. I bet food is harder to eat now that your back in the states.

  25. kimberly on September 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    This came at such a hilarious time. I work nights in a medical lab, and basically last night I was falling asleep, so I needed something to wake me up. I stumble upon the “Hot Miami Nights” station on Songza (imagine EDM + PitBull), and basically had a Zumba party at my workstation. Of course, no one understood why I was shaking my butt all night, because I was listening to headphones, but it definitely kept me awake!

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      hahaha YES! i love it πŸ™‚

  26. Natalie on September 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Gina,

    Omg! I love it! I love watching your dance videos and OMG you are amazing, beautiful and inspiring. Dancing is one workout that I am most afraid of and during our lululemon challenge it was definitely once class “to scare myself daily” I have walked out of countless dance classes, in my life. It is just not for me but watching your videos, I so wish I had it in me πŸ™‚ However, get me to yoga and I can bend, twish, stretch and contour myself anyway. You are a beauty!

  27. jasmine on September 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hey silly question, does Livi ever dance to your videos? My daughter always runs to my ipad when I play one of your videos and tries to mimic your moves, so we have little dance parties. she only 17 months but does pretty well. maybe one of these days i’ll record her and send you a clip. it’s too cute.

  28. Jaclyn on September 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    The girl can MOVE!!!
    It’s so awesome to watch you shake, grapevine, salsa, etc. You have such fluid movements but they look very sharp! I’ll never forget trying to keep up with you in Zumba at CR!
    xoxo

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      aww, thank you jac! come back soon πŸ™‚ xo

  29. Emily on September 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Just wanted to share that I love your dance instruction videos! You are a talented dancer. More dance vids please!
    I can do them in the privacy of my own home, so I don’t have to feel like a klutz tripping all over myself in a class. It’s so much fun πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      thank you so much, emily! i’m so happy to hear you like them
      xoxo

  30. Sasha on September 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Love the zumba video!!!!! The garage is looking good my friend!

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      wish YOU were in this video with me πŸ™‚ xo

  31. Becca on September 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Your new video space looks great! And awesome song choice– I looove salsa even though I’ve always had two left feet.

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      thank you! πŸ™‚

  32. Lisa Garcia on September 25, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Love the Marc anthony song and your video! Been doing this dance on repeat as I’ve made chili for tonight!

  33. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats on September 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I wish I had any kind of dance experience. Every time I watch anything dance related I just think “I would look like a fool if I did that!”. All your videos really make me want to give it a go though!

  34. Alissa on September 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

    What a great idea about your garage! It’s looking very good! I can’t wait for more videos!

  35. Courtney C on September 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I am totally a lurker – I read every post of yours, but never comment (sorry about that). But, I watched your zumba video and I LOVE this song. Seriously. I have been playing it nonstop since yesterday and even told my friend who studied abroad in the DR about it. I totally trust your taste in music now πŸ˜‰

  36. Mariah on September 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    What shoes are you wearing in the Zumba video? Love ’em!

  37. Cande on September 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    This post brought back sweet memories of folklorico practice and our fun trips dancing together! I love reading your blog and keeping up with you after all these years! Your family is beautiful!
    Xoxo Cande

  38. ellie on October 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Love the choreo! I have been teaching zumba for 3 years and I’m always on the hunt for a great salsa song that is easy to follow and lots of fun. This looks like a great one! I’m excited to try it. Thank you for sharing!

  39. Amanda on October 6, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I studied on exchange in Spain for 6 months, and I took flamenco lessons. I am NOT a dancer by any stretch of the imagination, but I loved it so much! It is such a fun dance, and the music and culture surrounding it is so amazing. Just walking down the street in Seville and Granada, the teenage girls play it on the ipods and are clapping away with rhythms! You should totally do it!

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