Student Journeys @ Z Club NY – Verouschka V.

By November 1, 2014blog

What a treat to get to interview Verouschka Ventura, who had so much to share about her passion and love for Zumba, and Z Club NY. She says finding Z Club NY was like finding a jewel for her and she couldn’t be happier: “an endless source of daily classes with fantastic instructors. Heaven.” She says Zumba has been a haven for her – providing her with joy during tough times in her life… – by Yali Szulanski for Z Club NY.

NovemberSJHow has taking classes with Z Club NY benefited your life? How has Zumba/Z Club NY supported your health and fitness goals?
On a Friday night, if I can choose between going out or taking a Zumba class… I will choose Zumba most of the time. My friends are not resentful anymore – although it took some time! The benefits of Zumba in my life have been so palpable, that me = Zumba is just a normal equation in my life.

I came upon Zumba about 5 years ago, when I saw “Zumba class” at my gym and the description of latin rhythms expertly taught by instructor extraordinaire Irena Meletiou was too good to ignore.  I took her fireball class and I was HOOKED! Later, she introduced me to the jewel of Zumba classes, Z Club NY and I couldn’t be happier: an endless source of daily classes with fantastic instructors. Heaven.
And ever since, Zumba has been my heaven. Literally. A couple of years ago I was grieving the loss of 2 of the people I loved most in life and going back to Z Club NY was my only source of joy. I read somewhere that during moments of pain, focusing on ONE thing that makes us feel good can make a distinct difference in our lives. And I immediately knew that Zumba was that ONE thing for me. I started taking 2-3 classes a week and little by little the joy I felt in classes, began to last a little longer each time, until I  noticed that I started to smile outside of classes, just as I did while I was in class.
Having a Z Club NY location near my job, affording me access to numerous classes and amazing instructors, has truly made a difference in my life. There’s no such thing as “I don’t feel like going to Zumba”. I am always motivated to take a class.

What inspires you to succeed in class and in your life?
My family is an amazing source of inspiration. As immigrants from the Dominican Republic, my family worked hard to come to the US and stay. Their determination and sacrifice is always present, through the good and hard times. We are from a music and dance-loving culture and I am currently pursuing my Zumba instructor license so that one day I can invite them all to my classes and have Zumba-family classes. Will be so much fun! Can’t wait.

What have you learned about yourself through taking classes at Z Club NY?
That I can dance, sweat, feel sexy and have fun at the same time!

How did you come across Z Club NY and Zumba in general?
I was introduced to Z Club NY by Irena Meletiou. I love the diversity of instructors and variety of classes. Edmee, as the driving force behind Z Club NY, has generously shared her vision for health and fun with so many of us and I am moved and grateful for her dedication to the Zumba lifestyle.

Which classes/instructors are your favorite? Why?
I love high octane zumba classes with sexy/fierce choreography. There are so many wonderful instructors like Irena Meletiou, Jamie Forward, Sabrina Ursaner and so many others who bring such amazing energy to their class. They are wonderful role models and soo much fun!

What is something unique about yourself that you’d like to share?
I love outdoor adventures. From climbing Kilimajaro to hiking Machu Pichu or rock climbing in the Gunks, I have a taste for the challenging outdoors. I love to go on hikes while listening to my favorite Zumba tunes!