Thursday, December 18, 2014

Getting to Know Zumba Jammers: Kimberly Lazzara

In the next installment of Getting to Know Zumba Jammers, Kimberly Lazzara of New York tells us about herself and how she got started as a Jammer!

The Z Beat: When did you get your B1 license? Other specialty licenses?
I got my B1 December 10, 2011. It was Jump Start Gold with Ali Ramirez. I got Toning and Aqua in January 2012 and then Sentao in June 2012. I've taught all formats. I currently teach Gold and Toning.

The Z Beat: Do you teach Zumba full time? If not, what else do you do?
I do not teach Zumba full time. I am actually a chemist full time. I got my master's degree in chemistry at Stony brook in 2007.

The Z Beat: What got you into Zumba? How has Zumba impacted your life?
I started Zumba because I was a bridesmaid in a wedding that was going to be in January 2012, and I realized that I had gained FIFTY pounds and needed to do something. I accidentally walked into a Zumba class and liked it. After my 3rd class I was hooked, and started following my instructor Tracy Lymus everywhere. Within the first 2 months I lost 20 lbs and I gained confidence and self esteem. I was amazed!
Tracy informed me that she was moving, and that she wanted me to take over teaching her classes, so 3 months after taking my very first class I got licensed, and started teaching immediately.
 
The Z Beat: When did you become a Jammer? What’s the best part of being a Jammer?
I got my contract to be a Reggaeton Jammer in April 2014, and my contract for Choreo Jams in July 2014.

The best part of being a Jammer is seeing other people rock out routines that you've created in their own classes or at a fundraiser. It's very humbling that people like and use something that I worked hard to put together.

The Z Beat: What do you think is the hardest part about being a Zumba instructor?
The hardest part of being a Zumba Instructor is judging the ability of your crowd and changing your playlist on the spot if you realize they are not loving it! My advice? Always have backup songs!

The Z Beat: What else should we know about you?
I am a first generation American. My dad is from Poland and my mom is from Mexico. They've been married 34 years and I am the second of 4 children. My family is tight knit, and I love hanging out with my siblings.
 
I have been with my husband since I was 18. We've been together almost 12 years and married 7 1/2.

The Z Beat: Last thing - when and where are your upcoming Jams?
I don't currently have anything scheduled, but check your ZIN Home page often because Jams are now listed on your welcome screen!

I opened Brickhouse Cardio Club January 5, 2013 so I could teach all my classes in one place!


P.S. If you're a Jammer and would like to be featured, contact me!

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