The best part about writing this blog has got to be getting the chance to meet so many fascinating people in the Z Club NY community. This month I got to learn a bit about Kelly Parh and her amazing journey. Here, she shares more about what inspires her, guides her, and how Zumba has helped pave the way to healthy lifestyle and much joy… – by Yali Szulanski for Z Club NY.
How did you come across Z Club NY and Zumba in general? What is your favorite part about Z Club NY?
I instantly fell in love with Z Club NY. Like, INSTANTLY! About a year and a half ago, I was in total transition mode. I had just left a very demanding job in fashion, and wanted to do something just for me! I needed a healthy outlet and immediately began looking for something fun, and something I wouldn’t get bored with. I did a search online and found Z Club NY! My favorite part about Z Club NY is definitely the instructors but also other students in the Z Club NY community! Making relationships with fellow classmates has been so fun. It’s definitely a chance for camaraderie and a way to feel comfortable no matter what studio you go to – you will always see someone you know!
What inspires you to succeed in class and in your life?
Above all else, God inspires me daily. Once I found Z Club NY, I started on a journey to not only succeed at becoming a better dancer, but to become healthier. The more I attend class, the harder I work, the more results I see and the stronger I become. And seeing results is the best inspiration and motivation there is! I have lost over 30 pounds since starting this journey, and though it’s not over yet, I am so grateful for getting to experience this organization! (I know I am terribly cheesy!! But it is true!)
What have you learned about yourself through taking classes at Z Club NY?
I have always loved to dance. I took ballet for several years growing up, and for as long as I can remember; I have looked at every dancer with great admiration. The grace, beauty and confidence a dancer has are unparalleled to anyone else – seriously! I strive for all of those qualities in every area – and Z Club NY has given me the opportunity to truly feel like a real dancer and gain some of those skills. After taking classes for almost 2 years, I think I can say that I am closer to actually being a dancer, and that is all because of Edmee and Z Club NY! In fact, I am enrolling in ballet classes in the fall, I finally feel ready! I could have never done it without Z Club NY – it has truly changed my life!
Which classes/instructors are your favorite? Why?
I love any class that makes me sweat A LOT! I think every instructor has something unique to offer-that’s what makes Z Club NY so different! If I want to really feel the music, I take a class with Edmee – I never miss Edmee’s classes! When I want some crazy energy, I take a class with Jaime F! For a challenge, I take Irena’s class. When I want to have fun, I take Xavier and Diego! (I could go on and on!!!)
What is something unique about yourself that you’d like to share?
I spend a lot of my time trying to make everyone I know become a dancer. I am a nanny and my kids are well on their way to becoming future Z Club NY members – we dance whenever we get the chance! Mostly they just stare at me haha, but eventually, they will come around!