I want to be able to go around and share my choreography with people all over the state, the country. I want to hold master classes and Jam sessions and all of the other awesomeness that being a Jammer entails.
Today, I was informed that a call has just gone out for Jammer applications here in North Carolina. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I want to apply. I know there are going to be dozens of applications from some of the amazingly talented ZINs here in NC and the chances of me getting the gig are very small but... I don't know how long it'll be till there's another chance to even apply.
Since finding out I've been playing the what if game and bouncing back and forth with reasons to go for it and reasons not to.
The big road block? I'm not ACE or AAFA certified. I'm planning on doing the group ex cert during the Februrary APEX event next year but that's the weekend before the Jammer training and I don't think that'l fly.
So if I can't do it during APEX, I'm looking at $300 to do the home study course. I don't know if I can spare that kind of cash. I already need to get two more Zumba licenses in the next couple of months and I need to be saving up for vacation and general savings and putting money away towards a new wardrobe and Christmas presents.
Still, I feel like I'm using that as an excuse to not take the leap and throw my hat in the ring.
I'm a good instructor. I'm a good dancer. I'm a pretty good choreographer, too! The local ZINs are never afraid to come to me and say "I want a routine to this!" and I'm always willing to try!
I've choreographed a bunch of fun routines that my students love. Among them:
- A cumbia style pop routine to Tik-Tok by Ke$ha
- A reggaeton to Pin Pon by El Medico
- A cha-cha to Corizon Espinado by Santana
- A cumbia to Loco from ZIN 38
- A pop disco to Knock on Wood - the Zumba cover
- A tango to Material Girl - Madonna
- A Broadway toning to I'm a Woman - Smokey Joe's Cafe
- A pop toning to Boyfriend by Justin Beiber
- A funky toning to Bureo, Bureo - Zumba megamix
- A salsa toning to Conga by Gloria Estefan
- Hip Hop toning routines to Freak by Estelle, Lose My Breath by Destinys Child and Milkshake by Kelis
- A fun soca soul train routine to YOU by Machel Montano
I've got like 6 other routines in the works, an axe, two salsas, a merengue, another cumbia, and a Soca. I LOVE doing choreography and I am always looking for any excuse to test out my skills on a new rhythm or genre. I have a sketched out punk/metal/rock toning routine to Keep Em Separated by the Offspring.
I know I have a lot to learn and there's a whole world of music out there for me to dive in to. BUT what if this is the last cal for Jammers for a long time. What if this is the only chance I'll have. Do I really want to wind up regretting not at least trying it, getting my name out there.
There's a lot for me to think about. I don't have to decide tonight but it has to be quick. I have to have my application in by November 1st. And I'd have to have a plan for my AFAA certification in place just as quick.
AHHHHHHHH PANIC TIME!