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And just like that… I’ve accomplished one of my New Year’s Resolutions! I’ve been wanting to add another class to my weekly calendar of Zumba instruction.
This past Wednesday I had an audition at Austin Peay State University’s Foy Recreation Center. This was the longest demo I have ever had to do. Traditionally, a facility will bring you in to one of their current classes and have you lead 2-3 songs in the middle of the class. This allows them to see how you lead an established class and also lets the current instructors get a feel for how you teach. Not at APSU! They put me on the schedule for my own class! Granted it was during winter break and only 2 people attended, but still. I liked it! I wish I had been fully aware of how it was going to work. I would have put my social media prowess to work and gotten some more people in attendance. That way I could prove that I could not only lead a class, but drum up business also! I love that I learn something new at every audition!
The two people in attendance were the group fitness athletic director and her assistant. It’s a little more stressful when the person judging your technique is actually a participant. They are going to feel whether or not i was good or not. It wasn’t just about if it looks good. Lucky for me, they were both super warm, inviting people and I was completely comfortable with them before class even started.
Then the beat dropped! And I just grooved my tush off! I am by no means the best Zumba instructor. Not even close! But I think I get better everyday and I think that I am pretty darn good with people. In a fitness format like Zumba, your ability to engage students is just as important as your ability to lead a class.
Long story short…. the audition went well and I got offered not one, but TWO weekly classes. How’s that for crushing a goal?! I’m so excited!!