Making Fitness Fun for Everyone!

From our own local Orange County business woman, how she went from OC waitress to International Woman of Intrigue! She shares how to cope with CRISIS from her many experiences in the FBI. Very few women are in the FBI, and she has dedicated her energy to inspire and motivate the next generation of women in the field. Take an hour and enjoy her recent zoom talk with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s, INSPIRE: Women in Business organization. CLICK HERE to view!


Post-Pandemic Re-entry Anxiety is real. We get it. Many have been cooped up in their home cocoon. A year later, society is opening back up, but it is a whole new world. How will we adjust? Will we be safe? What can we do?

Even though we’ve been teaching outdoors since last summer, I still have Covid PTSD. When I watch shows or commercials I am shocked when I don’t see them in facemasks, as that is how I’m used to seeing people now. I will step way from people getting too close, when before I’d reach in for a hug. It’s definitely taking it’s toll on all of us.

I really enjoyed my pastors sermon on 4/18 addressing these issues. Even as she compares it to new life, I thought of our students coming back to “life” (ie. class) after all this time off.

Slow, Small, Soon. Those were the key words post-pandemic. To us that means if you aren’t doing any exercise, take one class to begin with, start online or outdoors, slowly add more as you adjust. Start soon, as the longer you wait the harder it gets psychologically.

Get outside of yourself and think of the big picture. Remember what brought you joy. Revive those things that defined your identity.

The post-pandemic world will look different. Things will not be perfectly the same. There is a new norm to keep us safe and adjust to our new life. Standing in a short line to make sure everyone around us is healthy is a small price to pay for our safety. Wearing a mask when not everyone is vaccinated is caring about our fellow students. Limited class sizes mean a more personal environment for you, and there will still be 10-20 friends to talk to! Different is okay. We will be okay.

Re-enter society together. Re-enter Zumba together with our Zumba family. As we navigate our post Pandemic world we need each other. We need to move to help with our anxiety, burn off stress, and we need our friends to help us get through this re-entry.

We need friendship, happiness and exercise endorphins!

Thank you Nadine for inspiring us with your energy, joy and constant smiles!  We enjoyed celebrating your 90th birthday with you and all your OASIS Zumba Gold sisters & brothers.  We love you!

We have started to videotape some of our matriarchs to learn their secret to longevity, their joy for Zumba, and about their lives.  They inspire us every day!

Since our video wasn’t working at her party this weekend, I am sharing it with you online on youtube.  🙂

Here is a link to a video interview of her: click here.


Let’s get moving to avoid Alzheimer’s! Found this in the June 2019 Cosco magazine.

Check out how music helps the brain…

Click HERE to view Video on Here is what music does to your body


“Three studies published this month explore how the brain responds to music. The quest to dissect exactly what chemical processes occur when we put our headphones on is far from over, but scientists have come across some clues.”


“Evidence is in — music activates every known part of the brain. (2)

Just as it’s never too early to start, it’s also never too late to benefit from music either.

Seniors who play an instrument, sing or dance reap physical, psychological and social benefits from music.

Music protects against memory problems and cognitive decline even more so than other leisure activities. (53)

Seniors with musical backgrounds score higher on cognitive tests and show greater mental flexibility than their non-musical counterparts. (54)

Listening to music has been shown to significantly improve working memory in older adults. (55)”


“If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout.” Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.”

Visit Time Health post here to see how “Regular exercise may prevent many cases of future depression, according to a new Australian study, and researchers say that as little as one hour a week can make a real difference.”

Read the 2017 research paper, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry

See the exciting article in Time Magazine about Zumba, with links to other Zumba studies!  They discuss how Zumba is successful because is it is FUN, you make FRIENDS, and it’s EFFECTIVE for the heart, balance, and psychologically uplifting and freeing!
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Why Zumba Is Insanely Good Exercise


March 9, 2017
For more, visit TIME Health.

Zumba was born in Colombia in the 1990s, quite by accident. A fitness instructor forgot to bring his usual workout music to class, so he grabbed some Latin albums from his car, ditched the constraints of a traditional workout and danced just like he would at a club. His class followed along, sweating to the salsa and rumba beats, and loving it.

Since then, Zumba has pitched itself as more of a party than a workout. Indeed, some research suggests it may be the very best workout for people who hate to exercise.

People worked hard in the class, too. “We found that they exercised at about 80% of maximum heart rate, and 60% V02 max,” which is a measure of oxygen used during exercise, he says. “We found it’s a pretty good workout—similar to moderately intense exercises like step aerobics or cardio kickboxing.”

But the most impressive part of Zumba is how much it appeals to people who stay away from exercise. A study in the American Journal of Health Behavior showed that when women with type 2 diabetes and obesity did Zumba three times a week for 16 weeks, they lost an average of 2.5 pounds and lowered their percentage of body fat by 1%. More importantly, the women enjoyed the class so much that they made it a habit—very unusual for an aerobic exercise program. “After the study had ended, most the participants continued going,” says study coauthor Jamie Cooper, an associate professor at the University of Georgia. “It seems like most of them had fun, made friends and didn’t see Zumba as hard work.”

Another study linked Zumba’s hip-swinging, stomach-gyrating movements to increased core and trunk strength and better balance in older overweight women. After just eight weeks, the women’s quality-of-life scores jumped 9% and their self-esteem increased 16%. A related study on Zumba’s psychological benefits found that people who practice it feel more independent and said that their lives seemed more purposeful.

It’s not hard to see why the activity would be invigorating and freeing. “You have to let go and have fun during Zumba,” Cooper says. Just as some people with anxiety take improv classes to relieve their social skittishness, dancing around other people may help Zumba-goers feel less shy or self-conscious about their bodies.

Dancing Can Reverse the Signs of Aging in the Brain

Hot off the presses!! Check out this website to read about how what you do every day with CS Dance Factory can reduce the signs of aging in the brain!!

Click here for article summarized by Neurosciences News

Click here for original research article by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15 June 2017

Contact us at for speaking engagements on the benefits of dance!

Thanks ladies for spreading the Zumba love and shining on stage!

Thanks to our sponsors of our Rock’In the New Year Party we had on Jan 4, 2014!  We appreciate your donations to our raffles.  Our students were so excited to get a Massage by Goshe PT, Photo session with tracy elder photography, dog walks with Arf! Dog Walks, haircut (& jewelry) with Joni Corum, owner of Salon 370, Flemings & Habit meals donated by Lee Healy Marketing Communications, and hour computer tutor session by Cathy’s “T” Time (that’s me!).  click here for sponsor info