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, December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve Class

Here's a couple videos from our class this past Monday. We have a few students who like to coordinate their outfits and join us on stage. Here they are with their "Christmas outfit", heels and all. Do not try this at your Zumba class! 

 *Video taped by two different individuals catching different angles. Enjoy!


 Aside from teaching Zumba, this guy also sings. Here's Liu Vakapuna (one of our instructors) singing Chris Brown's "This Christmas".


Thursday, December 20, 2012


(Back - L to R:  Billie, Betsy, Sinai, Silia, Ame, Beti, Dana, Lila.  Front - L to R:  Souna, Sela, Twig, Satomi, Maki, Nicole.  Missing:  Liu)
From our EMZ family to yours

Friday, December 14, 2012

Caralee Lambard Hand

Let me introduce you to Caralee Lambard Hand.  She's one of our faithful members at EMZ.  She's been attending over a year now.  She also plays a key in keeping our class going by opening the doors each morning.  Thank you Caralee!

Here's Caralee's story in her own words:
I heard about EMZ several months before I actually started attending. My son was going to seminary in the stake center where we meet now. We'd drive past the building behind the Hook and Ladder every morning, and we wondered why there were so many cars there at that hour of the day. We went to a Stake Youth Council Meeting, and Mahina was there and telling everyone about EMZ. I thought about going, but didn't because of the seminary schedule. When school was over for the year, I ran out of excuses not to go. School was over, it was free, and just up the street from my house, so I started going. I had a pair of pants that was way too small for me. I couldn't even make the button and button hole meet, because my stomach was so big. After a week or two, I could put on the pants and button them, but it was still tight. A few months later, I could fasten them completely. My goal is to put them on and wear them comfortably. I can wear them, but it is still kind of snug. I have lost about 20 pounds, but some of it has come back. I am hoping to break the plateau I have been on, and to lose some more. I do not want to go back to where I was a year and a half ago. I recently hit my 50th birthday. In my family, that is a scary decade, because of the health problems several family members have had. We've had run ins with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. I hope that by doing zumba on a regular basis, I will be able to avoid those things.

April 2007

July 2011

November 2012

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Class Schedule & Upcoming Events

    December 21 (Friday) - Aside from it being the "end of the world", we are having a Bake Sale to help raise funds for the instructors going to the Zumba Conference in Los Angeles, February 2013.  We have half of the team going & each individual has paid their own registration ($329).  The funds raised will help cover transportation, gas, hotel & food during the 3-day conference.  We will be posting the items we will have for sale along with prices. 

    December 25 & 26 (Tuesday & Wednesday) - Merry Christmas!   NO CLASS.

    December 28 (Friday) - Holiday Party.  It will be like our other parties during/after class.  Potluck style.  Please see Nane Vea, Heamoni Fili'moeatu or Lupi Misinale for more info.

    January 1 (Tuesday) - Happy New Year 2013.  NO CLASS.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    Where are they?

    As many of you already know, our class is a FREE class we offer Monday through Friday.  It's strictly volunteer.  To keep some kind of consistency and not overwhelm the class with new instructors each day or week, we set the limit at 15. Depending on our various schedules, once in a great while you will call all 15.  However as we know with life itself, things don't always go as planned.  We have steady group that shows up each day.  That group notices when one, two or more are not present for a good while.  It raises concerns.

    If we could have our preference as instructors, we would be there every morning, but due to other circumstances, that's not always the case.  Some concerned class members have asked where's so & so...and so forth.  So here goes:

    Betsy joined the nunnery.

     Souna was asked by PSY to go on tour with him.

    Silia secretly started her own FREE Zumba class called E-EMZ which starts at 5:25.  And supposedly she does "CHOCO-LATTE waayyyyyyyy better".

    Twig has morning sickness - next Octo-mom.

    Billie is filming for Magic Mike 2.

    Anger management classes and community service has been keeping Sela busy.  She happened to run into a class member that didn't like her routines while seeing the Christmas lights.  Let's just say we are lucky Beti wasn't with her.  She has been 86-ed from Temple Square.


    Liu moved to Colorado City with his six new wives.

    Hope you get our humor?  Hahahahaha!  On a serious note, many of the instructors have been busy with training for a new job, getting kids off to school or busy with other things.  *Note:  the only instructor pregnant is Silia.  

    We appreciate everyone's concern and know that no one has left the group.  Between all of us, we guarantee someone will be there to teach each morning.

    Nothing but LOVE for you all!!!