Online fitness classes have never been more popular or easily accessible. I spoke with Meriden native, Angel Cyr over video chat to learn about the Zumba classes that she has been hosting online.
Cyr works full-time in human resources and has been a Zumba instructor for six years.
“It’s all about giving people an outlet during this time” Cyr said of her decision to teach Zumba online amid fitness center closures.
1. The Zumba community is international
Cyr teaches Zumba online weekly using the video chat service Zoom.
“Zumba is supposed to represent rhythms from all over the world and through this “Zoomba” experience I’ve been able to have students join my class from all over the world” said Cyr.
She added that Zumba, the company, has been offering instructors seminars on different beats and styles of dance.
Cyr said that instructors can then bring these new rhythms to their virtual classes.
All ages and ability levels are welcome to try virtual Zumba.
Cyr said she has had participants ranging from seven to seventy years old.
“Something that I always say in my classes is just listen to your body” Cyr said.
She added that beginners can take Zumba at their own pace while still getting their heart rates up and having a challenging workout.
3. Advice to beginners
Cyr said that new students shouldn’t put too much pressure on themselves.
“I’m just looking for you to let go and have fun” said Cyr.
She added that it’s important to choose a space within your home where you can comfortably move around.
Cyr said to practice Zumba on hard surfaces instead of carpet, and wear sneakers.
“Now is the time when you are not in the aerobics room, you are in the comfort of your own home and you don’t have to worry about bumping into the person next to you” said Cyr.
4. Dance cues
Zumba instructors use non-verbal cues.
“Sometimes the sound is delayed as is transfers” Cyr said of the music that plays throughout class.
She uses hand gestures to ensure participants don’t miss a beat.
Cyr demonstrated how she points to her eyes to alert participants when there will be a new move introduced in the dance sequence.
She also showed how she uses her hands to indicate which direction participants should be moving in.
5. Classes offered 7 days a week
“If there’s a day that I’m not teaching, I’m letting people know about a friend of mine who also teaches so they can take a class that day” said Cyr.
The Zumba website has a “Find a Virtual Class” tab where classes can be accessed any day of the week.
Cyr teaches Zumba online Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am.
Cyr has not been charging for her classes, but she has been taking donations via PayPal.
“I’ve been donating any donations that come in, to the Meriden Boys & Girls Club, the Spanish Community of Wallingford, and the Meriden YMCA.”
To learn more about virtual Zumba with Angel Cyr visit: https://www.zumba.dance/marketplace/details/5eb2cd3a-0534-44ef-bfc3-166e0a010abe.