EMZ is a non-profit, fitness organization dedicated to inspiring members of the community to unite in becoming healthy, fit, and active by providing and promoting free and low-cost fitness classes and health education opportunities.

EMZ Instructors:

Beti Tua'efe, Betsy Vakapuna, Billie Sosi, Dana Rossi, Lila Latu, Liu Vakapuna, Maki Yamagata, Meliame Vaikeli, Satomi Biggs, Sela Misinale, Sinai Pauni, Sisilia 'Iongi, Twig Larkin

Donations kindly accepted :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Even though we had our Halloween party last Friday, October 26th, some of us still dressed up.
I'll be sure to post some pictures from our party...soon.  Lots of great costumes & food, t-shirt giveaways and best of all, good company!

Here's a few clips of class this morning.  The videos are of the safe routine, one filmed by Maki and the other by myself.  In the video Liu is doing a Fijian Meke with the men from our group.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Party In Pink / New Videos / Upcoming Events

Sorry a little behind on the blog updates.  Last Friday we had our Party In Pink.  We encouraged everyone to come decked out in PINK and that they did.  

Here's a video from that morning:


After class we decided to film a couple of routines. 

Here's a few clips as we were prepping for the shoot:
And that's what happens when you are the only guy instructor working with a bunch of women. 

On Friday we taped 2 of Liu's routines & then two of Satomi's. 

Here's a random clip we had to cut because the camera person wasn't quite ready: 

 And here is the final footage for both routines: 


And here's Satomi's:  


Hope you enjoy our videos! 

Also, a reminder, this Friday, October 26th is our Halloween dress up party.. Come dressed in a costume you can workout in. We are also doing a breakfast potluck. There is a sign up sheet and if you don't get a chance to sign it, just bring whatever. On Halloween Day itself, October 31st, no food, but if you'd like to dress up, go for it! Us instructors will be dressing up, so join us! 

Next month, there are a couple dates to remember, November 12th and 28th. More details coming soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Let's Groove Tonight!

It's the end of another week at EMZ. Another fun Friday with most of the crew there to teach. Sharing with you a video clip from this morning. 

 Here's Betsy takin' it back old skool with "Let's Groove Tonight"...and in usual Betsy style, costume & all. Get it gurrrrrllllll!!!  

 After class, some of us hang out a little...going over choreo, dance moves, etc. Here are some clips of Lila & Maki practicing the 'body roll'. 

 Take 1

 Take 2

 Take 3

FYI / Upcoming events at EMZ 

October 19, Pink Friday - come decked out in PINK / Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

October 26, Friday - EMZ Halloween party. Come dressed in a costume(s) you can workout in. Also, it's been awhile since we've done a potluck...so here we go. See Meleane Vea for the sign up sheet. 

October 31, Wednesday - Halloween. Again, come dressed in costume!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Zumba Fitness classes all around the world put on a big event to raise money to go towards various charities that support this cause. Last Friday, several of our EMZ instructors that teach at Northwest Rec Center participated in a 2 hour Zumbathon. A great turnout for a great cause.

 Check out Lila leading 'El Party'...and of course, several of our regulars at EMZ were front and center. Thanks again for your never ending love and support in all the events we participate in.

 This weekend, there is another event going on put on by Camilo Jimenez (he's been a guest at EMZ) & Kass Martin (ZES). Information below & here's the link to buy tickets - BUY TICKETS.

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And leaving you with another video from our class.  This footage was taken this morning.  The gentleman on stage with us is new.  It's only his second week.  He's been a good sport to come on stage with Suka.  And of course, Suka showin' us all how it's done!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More videos...

We've been having a little too much fun with our camera phones lately. I'm sharing a few more videos...and stay tuned, more to come. If you're just barely reading our blog and haven't figured out how many instructors teach at EMZ -- there are 15 set instructors who volunteer their time each morning. Between all 15 of us, no two are alike. We all have our different styles, taste in music & strengths. That's what makes EMZ unique in many ways. 

Here's a video of Satomi teaching a Bluegrass routine...  

As an instructor, it's always fun to see your 'students/class' perform a routine learned in class. This particular routine - Danza Kuduro/Don Omar is a class favorite...yeah I know, we have lots of class favorites...hahaha. The choreography belongs to Jocie DeCorte...thanks Jocie!!! 

Here's Caralee, Lydia & Melini practicing Danza Kuduro after class...

We always tease this guy about doing the most...lol. Maki captured this video of him practicing a salsa routine. And just like a normal class, check out the two in the background...Beti Roo & Suka...also doing the most in the back!!! Gotta love 'em!  


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Breast Cancer Zumbathon

Breast Cancer Zumbathon 
Friday, October 5th
6 - 8 pm

Northwest Recreation & Community Center
1299 W. Clark Ave (358 North)
Featuring some of the instructors that teach at EMZ such as: 

Dana Rossi, Lila Latu, Beti Tu'aefe, Maki Chavoya, Sela Misinale 

Cost $15 (includes a t-shirt 
Proceeds will benefit "Triunfadoras" Breast Cancer Support Group

For tickets or questions regarding event, see any of the instructors listed above