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 :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Bad Do You Want It?

Hi EMZ Familia! Sheese...it's been a month or two since last post. Since May, we've had a few events like our annual BBQ and the South Salt Lake 4th of July parade. Both fun events and of course our class parties.  I will post pics from the events (hopefully in the next day or two). Anyhow, I just wanted to stop by and drop a few lines. 

 A reminder in case I forget to post - next Thursday, July 24th - NO CLASS due to state holiday. 

 In the meantime, enjoy my favorite inspirational clips from YouTube.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Up Ahead at EMZ!

Friday, May 9th - we are having a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration, come dressed in your festive attire...and no worries, we will celebrate again in September. We'll also be celebrating Liu's belated birthday...and while we are at it, Mother's Day too!!!! Hahaha!!! Come dressed and ready to party!!!

Also up ahead, our annual EMZ BBQ is scheduled for next month - Friday, June 27th at Jordan Park. More details to come.

We'd also like to announce a contest we are having. What kind? It's a t-shirt design contest. Rules: 1) It must have "EMZ" or "EMZ Crew" on the shirt. 2) Design can not contain "Zumba" name or logo on it. 3) All entries must be submitted to our email: theemzcrew@gmail.com. 4) All entries are due by 11:59 pm May 31st. 5) Voting will be done on Facebook - most number of "likes" win. Winner will receive two free shirts and their design featured on our next shirt...and who knows, maybe more?!?

Any questions, please send us an email.

Thank you!!!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

EMZ Gear

Do you have to be a member of the EMZ Crew to purchase our gear?  Nope.  It's available to anyone who's interested in buying.  Here's what we currently have in stock.

*Disregard the sizes listed on picture itself. See the info posted below picture for current sizes available.  Price is listed on picture.*

Black zippered hoodies
EMZ CREW on front chest
ONE LOVE EMZ CREW on back (see design below)
Small (2)
X-Large (1)
2X (1)

ONE LOVE EMZ CREW white t-shirt
Small (4)
Medium (3)
Large (3)
X-Large (5)
2X (4)

ONE LOVE EMZ CREW black t-shirt
Small (4)
X-Large (1)
2X (5)
Small (2) 
Large (3)
Medium (1)
2X (1)

Viva La EMZ black hoodie
2X (3)

EMZ Forever red t-shirt
Small (4)
Medium (2)
Large (1)
X-Large (6)
2X (2)

If you are interested in buying any of the items listed above, please see Sinai at EMZ.  If you live out of state, we can ship it to you if you like - shipping not included in prices listed above.  If interested in having it shipped, please email us at theemzcrew@gmail.com.

Thank You!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

One-time only Saturday class!

For all of you that work early morning during the week...or for whatever reason can not make it our or Monday through Friday class...here is your chance to catch an EMZ class...on a Saturday AND a later start time.

Don't miss it!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's going on this week & next?

Howdy crew members!!!  As some of you know per class & Facebook page, we are currently doing a food drive for the Utah Food Bank.  For this week only, we are collecting canned food items/non-perishable food items.  If you have anything to donate, please bring it to class.  Then this weekend, we will drop it off at the food bank!!!  Thank you!!!



Next week March 24th - 28th


Why?  Floors are being refinished & building closed.

Here are a few options:

Listed below are FREE classes in the valley:

Listed below are classes EMZ instructors teach outside of EMZ:

Monday, March 10, 2014

March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day - Monday


Unlike years past where we brought treats to share, this year we are dressing up only.  Save the treats/food for next month!

Flashback from the past two years:




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Instructor's Weight Loss Competition - 6 Week Mark

If you've been following, then you know that a couple of us instructor's are in a weight loss competition against each other.  Our first weight in was January 13th.  Last Monday, February 17th, we weighed in a little early.  This past Monday marked 6 weeks into the competition & 6 weeks and a couple days (April 11th FINAL weigh-in).

Here's the results of our weigh-in by percentage (total weight lost divided by starting weight multiplied by 100).

Liu 3.28%
Beti 2.97%
Betsy 2.46%
Sinai 2.16%

Weight loss by each person was between 4-8 lbs each.  It's still anyone's game.  
Stay tuned!

Zumba Conference 2014 - January 31

It's Friday morning and our second day in Los Angeles.  A few of us woke up early (6 am) and walked to the nearby grocery store to pick up a few things...and look for coupons.  Not only did we find what we went there for, but we picked up a few coupons to use back home.  

Back at the hotel, we all got dressed & ready for the day.  We had breakfast down at the lobby which was nice.  After breakfast, we decided to go for a morning stroll at a nearby park.  The agenda for the day was as follows:

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Kickoff Session
11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Class
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Class
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm - Fitness Concert

Around 11 or so, we all took the hotel shuttle to the Convention Center.  We all divided up and went to the classes we registered for.  A few went to the Dancehall Mash-up class & the others to A Tribute To Michael Jackson class.  An hour of each class was like a normal Zumba class with the exception of it focusing mainly on the music genre it was for.  So, for example, the entire hour of dancehall was nothing but dancehall music.  The other hour or so of it was a breakdown of choreography plus learning a little bit more about that specific genre.

After the first session, we had a two hour lunch break.  We all met up and ate our prepared lunches we packed.

The second set of classes consisted of Fierce Funk & Burlesque.  Majority of our group was signed up for Firece Funk & a couple in Burlesque.  Well, the ones in burlesque left and joined everyone in Fierce Funk.  Firece Funk wasn't what we expected.  We didn't like it as much as we did the other classes.

After class, we took the shuttle back to the hotel.  Dana, Maki & Liu walked to a nearby Honduran restaurant and picked up dinner for all of us.  We met back down at the lobby and ate dinner before we headed back to the Convention center for the Fitness Concert.  Unlike the year before, we didn't stand in a crazy line waiting.  We got to the Convention center and the concert had already started which was perfect for us.

What is the Fitness Concert like?  It's like a master class - big scale.  You have the who's who in Zumba performing/dancing & the crowd following along.  It was a lot of fun.  By the end of the night we were tired.

To view pictures from our trip - go to this link - HERE!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Zumba Conference 2014 - Roadtrip

As many of you already know, 10 out of 14 instructors attended the Zumba Conference held in Los Angeles, California.  We would not have been able to do this without the love and support of our family & class members - THANK YOU!  

Instead of one long post covering the entire conference, we will try and break it down by day.  Let's begin with the day we left, January 30th.  Those (Satomi, Maki, Liu, Dana, Sinai, Beti, Betsy, Twig, Souna & Ame) attending the conference met at the Stake Center prior to 6 am.  The other instructors (with the exception of Silia - pregnant and ready to have baby within a week) Lila, Sela & Billie with the help of Owen & Simi took care of class that morning plus the next 3 days.  We danced a little, took pictures and then by 6 am...actually 6:05 am to be exact, we headed out.

Dana was the first to drive.  Our first stop was in Beaver, Utah.  Then it was on to St. George, Utah.  We decided to stop by the Hawaiian Poke Bowl and have lunch there.  We met up with Thomas Iloa (Beti & Sela's first cousin who lives out in Hurricane, but whenever in SLC, he comes to EMZ) & his wife Megan.  We spent an hour there and then we were on our way.

We switched drivers in St. George.  Twig took over and drove us to California.  Once in California, we switched drivers again & Beti took over.  The first task we had was getting to the LA Convention Center.  We got there without any issues.  We all registered, took a quick tour around and then left.

From the Convention Center, we headed back to the hotel.  We stayed in the same hotel we stayed at last year.  It worked out great for us.  FREE parking, FREE breakfast & FREE shuttle to and from the Convention center.  That helped us save with parking at the Convention center which cost $20 each time.

We split up into our two rooms - 5 in each room.  We got situated and then headed back out again.  By this time, I believe it was around 8 pm or so...maybe later.  We decided to check out Korea Town.  Dana & Maki found a Korean BBQ place for us to dine out.  For most of us, it was our first time.  The food was great & the company, like always -- a lot of fun.

Since Souna was gone most of December, we missed her birthday.  We decided to tell them it was her birthday.  We celebrated it there at the restaurant - Road To Seoul.  You better believe the whole restaurant knew it was her birthday.  

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel & turned down for the night.

Valentine's Day

Tomorrow, February 14th we are having a Valentine's party.

Come dressed in colors red, pink & white!

Also bring a treat/snack/meal to share with the class.
We will have a table in the back set up with all the goodies!!!

We also are having a raffle.  We will be raffling a few prizes.  No cost to you, just attend tomorrow and be sure to grab a ticket to be entered.  Those that attended today picked up an extra ticket.

Any questions?

Email us at:  theemzcrew@gmail.com

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Plate Sale

Our EMZ organizing committee is having a plate sale this Saturday, January 25th.  Proceeds from this plate sale will go towards travel cost, hotel & other costs for our instructors to attend the Zumba conference next week in Los Angeles.  This is the last fundraiser before we head out.

The committee is making a limited number of plates (50-70).
All are welcome to pre-pay - guarantee you will have plate ready for pick-up.
Plates will be ready for pick-up by 11 am.

Pick up at:

4237 S 4625 W
West Valley City

Please text 801-231- 4508 prior to picking up your order - just to ensure there is enough plate(s).  We would hate for you to drive out and find out food is out.

Also, they will be offering FREE delivery for plate orders of 3 or more within the Salt Lake valley.

If you have any questions, please comment below, message us on our Facebook page (EMZ CREW) or text the number posted above.

Thank you so much for the love & support!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


As promised on Facebook, here's the blog regarding the competition a few of us instructor's are in.  


decided to join a 12 week competition to see who can lose the most weight (based off of percentage).  Midway through the competition, we will have a weigh in...and of course, we will post about that.  So, if you see us "doing the most on stage", that is why.  Hahahaha!  Aside from a slimmer us, $400 is up for grabs.  This should be interesting considering all of us will be attending the Zumba Conference next week and if it's anything like last year, it will be tough!!!  1 week down and 11 more to go!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Blood Glucose Monitors

Thank you to our coupon community, specifically Pola Makai & Sela Misinale for donating over 45 blood glucose monitors to our class members.  We hope that everyone in need of one, received one.  There are a couple more donations still left to come in.  When the monitors are received, we will post and let you know.

Friday, January 10, 2014


Greetings!!!  Wow, it's 2014....10 days into the new year already.  We hope you all had a fabulous holiday?!?!  2013 was a great year for EMZ.  We expect 2014 to be EVEN better!

As many of you probably have read, we are prepping for the 2014 Zumba Conference in Los Angeles the end of this month.  We are grateful for the donations that have been made to help us get there.  As it stands now, 9 of the 14 instructors have registered.  We plan on doing the same thing we did last year by driving out to Los Angeles, rooming together & taking in all the new things we are going to learn...and of course bring it all back and share with you - our class!

We would like to thank our organizing committee who has been responsible for putting together fundraisers, etc.

Mafi Misinale
Heamoni Filimoe'atu
Caralee Hand
MarySue Floisand
Sarahi Soperanez
Daniel Flores
Paula Avelar
Cecilia Dehesa
Ma'ata Halatokoua
Losepina Leilua
Patty Vebonilla
Alma Ruza
Beti Tu'aefe
Maria Aguayo-Lopez

(I hope I didn't miss anyone on the committee.)
Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Before I forget...there have been questions asked if classes will be cancelled while we are out & who will be teaching class.  The current plan is to have the instructors who are not able to attend cover our class.  We promise will take care of that and make sure all is covered while we are away.

When we get back from Los Angeles, we will be kicking off a couple of challenges!!!  Hope you are ready?!?!

Let's make it a great year!