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Ashley Judd’s Keynote – Zumba Convention

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on September 4, 2015

Ashley Judd Speaks at Zumba Convention 2015

Recently I wrote about Ashley Judd dancing Zumba for the crowd during her keynote speech.  Here is the video of part of her keynote address & some dancing with her own Zumba instructor, as well as Beto Perez, founder of Zumba.

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Janice leads Fitness Break at Heart Association’s Wellness Symposium

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 25, 2015

Janice leads Zumba fitness break at today’s

American Heart Association Wellness Symposium in San Francisco.

Janice Litvin leading Zumba break AHA

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Zumba Walnut Creek – Resolve Now to Join

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 4, 2015

Get a Jump on Your New Year’s Fitness Plans

Zumba Contra Costa, Walnut Creek

It’s not too late to join Zumba Contra Costa classes in Walnut Creek

Ongoing Classes Tuesdays &/or Thursdays • 7:30 pm

Tice Valley Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek (no membership fee)

Call 415.518.2202 to register or just show up early with cash / CC.

 

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Zumba with Janice Litvin

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on November 1, 2014

Low Impact, High Energy Zumba Classes with Janice

Walnut Creek:  Tuesday &/or Thursday Nights  7:30 pm (Tice Valley Gym) – New session begins January  6th / 8th

Pleasant Hill:  Friday Mornings 9:30 am (1948 Oak Park Blvd., near Putnam)

Alamo:  Sundays 9:30 am (24 Hour Fitness, Alamo Plaza, Alamo)

Call Now for Details!  415.518.2202 to register or Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

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Zumba Deals in Pleasant Hill

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 19, 2014

Been thinking of trying Zumba?

Now is the time to act…for a limited time you can get 10 Zumba classes for $29!

Pleasant Hill Location – Fridays 9:30 am (1948 Oak Park Blvd.)

Click Now   http://www.groupon.com/deals/zumba-contra-costa

Questions: 415.518.2202

Zumba Pleasant Hill

Zumba Pleasant Hill

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Zumba Founder Beto Perez’s 5 Tips For Taking Your First Class

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on April 5, 2013

As seen on fitsugar.com

Zumba Founder Beto Perez’s 5 Tips For Taking Your First Class

When it comes to taking your first Zumba class, no one may know better about the anxieties students face than someone who’s taught thousands around the world — the inventor of Zumba himself, Beto Perez. “Sometimes people see the class through the window and they feel a little intimidated because they see the coordination. . . [and] think that they need to know choreography before,” he says. “In Zumba we don’t have levels; we don’t have beginners, intermediate, or advanced. We prepare the instructors in a way that anybody can do it.” Convinced? Here are Beto’s five expert tips for making your first Zumba class a success.

Beto Perez Zumba

  1. Choose the right class: Any Zumba class will offer something for beginners, but Beto especially recommends the newest offering, Zumba Sentao, which uses a chair as your “dance partner” to help you work out. Having that anchor point can help beginners feel more comfortable when they try a class, Beto suggests.
  2. Get there early: If you’re new to Zumba, rushing in late is not an option if you don’t want to feel disoriented and discouraged. “You need to be at the beginning of the class because the warmup is one of the most important parts of the class,” advises Beto. And after the 10-minute warmup, the instructor starts you out with simple steps using an easy rhythm like merengue or cha cha cha, which is why “it’s so important you start at the beginning of the class,” he says.

Keep reading for three more expert tips.

  1. Focus on your legs: Feeling a bit uncoordinated? If you get lost when the instructor shows you a movement to do with your arms to go along with your legs, skip the arms part. Focusing on just following the leg movements will ensure you still get an effective workout. “We understand it’s hard,” Beto says. “Don’t worry.” After a few classes, you’ll feel more comfortable with adding arm movements to your dance steps.
  2. Dress for success: You’ll feel more confident and in control if you wear clothes you are comfortable in, so opt for an outfit that affords you lots of movement, along with comfortable shoes. Beto says he sees people arrive to class in ballroom shoes, thinking it’s a dance class “but they need to remember that this is a fitness class — [wear] tennis shoes,” he says.
  3. Take a break: It’s important to know when you need to take a time out, Beto says, especially if you’re finding it hard to breathe. “If you are red in the face, you need to take a break and drink water,” he advises.

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Save on Zumbawear Now

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 25, 2012

New Zumba Cargo Pants Now in the Shop

Use promo code JANICE to save 10%.  Click here to Begin Shopping.

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Dancing away the morning for Walnut Creek CERT

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 3, 2011

What better way to spend a weekend morning than to shimmy & shake to Zumba’s Latin beats, while raising funds for Walnut Creek CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).  On June 18th Zumba Contra Costa’s Janice Litvin, accompanied by Claudia Lira, Parandis Banifatemi, & Lynda Penados, took CERT supporters, including Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva and WC CERT’s director, Gayle Vassar all the way to a Salsa battle at the beautiful Shadelands Art Center. 

Fema-endorsed CERT trains community volunteers to respond during a disaster in areas such as:   fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and most important, communication.  For more information about upcoming CERT trainings or to become a volunteer, contact cert@walnut-creek.org.

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Beto Perez leads ALS Zumbathon in SF

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on March 21, 2011

Zumba Co-Founders, Beto Aghion, Beto Perlman, Beto Perez

Augie & Lynne Nieto give thanks for $210,000 support

Beto Perez leads ALS Zumbathon in SF

When Zumba founder, Beto Perez comes to town, Zumba instructors & their students, flock to party with him Zumba-style.  Last Thursday, March 17th, as part of IHRSA San Francisco, a fitness industry trade show, Beto energized 1,000 Zumba enthusiasts by leading salsa, merengue, cumbia, Bhangra & reggaeton routines, as well as performing his own version of Michael Jack’son’s Beat It.  Accompanied by live percussionists and his own team of dance specialists, Beto motivated the crowd to shake, shimmy & strut their stuff both on & off the stage to create his magical, spicy blend.

The party had the added purpose of raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Augie’s Quest, a charity, named for Augie Nieto, stricken with ALS in 2005.  Surprisingly, Augie who is now completely immobile from the disease, appeared on stage, with his wife, Lynne by his side.  They were presented with a donation of $210,000 from Beto & his partners & co-founders, Beto Perlman & Beto Aghion.

Augie Nieto of Southern California, after overcoming the shock & grief of finding out he had ALS, used his entrepreneurial know-how to create his charity, to streamline the research process and focus on discovering treatments that might help stave off the effects of the disease, & ultimately to find a cure.  ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive and devastating disease that destroys the nerve cells controlling muscles, ultimately causing complete paralysis.

Augie, aided by high tech equipment graciously thanked us for our support, while bringing tears to our eyes and a thrill to our hearts.

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Beto Perez Appears on CBS ‘The Talk’ recently

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 7, 2011

Beto Perez, founder of Zumba appeared on The Talk this week on CBS teaching basic Zumba moves!

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