Deb Dellacava: I am a mom, a wife and a business owner. Oh, yeah, I recently also returned to school for my second degree! I'm just a little bit busy! I was always very active in various forms of dance until my children got into school. Time went by and, when I recently turned 50, I realized that I seriously needed to get back in shape. I tried many different kinds of exercise routines but nothing held my interest for very long. I had heard of Zumba from a friend of my son whose step-mother was nearly obsessed with the classes she took. Eventually I decided that nothing was working and began trying to think of the kinds of things that I had enjoyed as a younger person and the things that had kept me in shape. DANCE! So I decided it was time to find a Zumba class and try it out. I found Gorica's classes very close to my home and I am hooked!! I look forward to class all week long!!
I started doing Zumba right after my 50th birthday in December 2009. It hasn't been very long but I am totally and completely enthralled with the classes! The moves are fun and everyone has fun doing them. I like that there is not a lot of jumping like there is in so many other cardio type classes. I get shin splints very easily but I have not had any difficulties with this problem at all from doing Zumba!!! That doesn't mean we don't work hard, though!!! I walk out after every class completely drenched in sweat! I currently do Zumba by myself but I have a friend who has come to one of Gorica's Zumba marathons and she is interested in starting regular classes as soon as she finds a new job!! I LOVE the Zumba marathon!!! What a great feeling!!!
Gorica clearly loves what she does and her enthusiasm is readily transferred to her students!!! She is genuinely interested in her students and makes sure everyone is comfortable and understanding the moves. I feel very welcome at class and I have never ever felt judged (and that is not something I can say about many of the dance classes I have taken). There is no competition between the students -- it's just all about the joy of movement and Gorica gets that across to her students very well!
Zumba has put me back in contact with my body. I love feeling my muscles work as I move throughout my day!! It hasn't been long enough that I can honestly say I feel a difference in my clothes or see a difference in the scale yet, but I do know that I feel SO MUCH BETTER about my body and that has given me a huge confidence boost and makes me want to continue. Like I said earlier, I look forward all week to
I can't think of one thing that I would change!! I feel like I have found my new home!!! I look forward to being a part of Zumba for a long time!! I would encourage anyone who likes to dance or just move their body to try Zumba! It's fun and it really doesn't matter if you do it "right" because any movement is better than no movement!!