Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down

For those that don't know, I'm moving to Washington (the state) in the beginning of May.  I've just started announcing it in classes, so I wanted to give you an explanation.

It will actually be my 16th move since graduating high school (just under 10 years ago).  I've never even been to Washington, and I'm super excited.  Here's what my life has looked like over the past decade:

Crazy, right?
Annie and I moved to Lexington in January of last year when her engineering company asked her to relocate here from California for a 6-month assignment.  While we were here, her home office was closed.  So, 6 months turned to 9 months turned to 12 months, and finally it took 16 months to find another project to send her off to.  She's already actually working in Washington, and I haven't seen her since March 1st.

On May 10th, we'll load up my car and drive across the country (for the third time).  What does that mean for you?  I only have 4 weeks of classes left in Lexington!  Since I'm wrapping up a bunch of business and visiting family & friends on this side of the country, I'll actually have subs for a few of those classes.  If you've enjoyed my Zumba classes over the past year-plus, you can do 2 things for me:

1) Come say 'bye'.  Come to at least one more class, walk up to me afterward, tell me you've enjoyed Zumba w/ ~RoB, and I'd especially love to hear success stories.  I know many of you, but I suck at names, so introduce yourself (even if you think I know your name, because I don't) and some of you have never actually talked to me.  Here's your last chance (well, a couple more last chances).  Don't be shy.  I'm sweaty, and stinky afterward, but I won't bite.

2)  Leave me something in the newest page of my blog:  Drop ~RoB a Line.  Facebook posts are great, but they don't last very long.  They tend to revolve around song requests and class announcements and other miscellaneous temporary comments.  I'm hoping this new page will eventually combine with my Testimonials page to provide a yearbook of dancers throughout my years of teaching across the country.

Also, if I'm being honest, I'm hoping I can show the new page to potential employers in the future.  I don't expect to get a very glowing recommendation from the studio that was recently purchased from a national chain, so I'm hoping my dancers can have their voices heard.  I don't actually do well at Zumba job interviews.  I don't look like a fitness instructor, nor is my background in fitness.  I teach Zumba for the fun of it, and I feel like that translates into fun classes.  That doesn't, however, translate into an interview.

So, come say bye, and drop a line on my new page.  It's been great, but I'm a gypsy, and can't nobody hold me down.

Happy Dancing (with everyone you can find to dance with),


  1. Aw I'm happy for you, but I'm not going to lie about how sad I am! I haven't been able to make it to a class in quite a while and now I feel like I've wasted so much time! Good luck in your new endeavors and I'm going to do my best to make it to a few more classes before you go. :)

  2. I was only in Lexington for 3 months last year (April-July)and Louisville for 2 months due to my husband's job and wow it was an adventure being a girl who has spent her entire life in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was horribly homesick and would walk the 20 minutes to Urban Active twice a week to attend your class. It really gave me something to look forward to and became a routine. When I left KY I really missed your class and it's been a bummer to see the weekly updates so I'm kind of glad your expanding your horizons lol Watch out Washington....your about to have some good ol' fun!!! :)

  3. Hey Rob, I am very happy for you. I think it's been about a year that I have taken your classes at Palomar. You love to have fun with Zumba and it shows at every class. Your style is non-threatening and I know people enjoy that about you. You care about what you are doing and you bring your heart to your job. You spend time teaching us new and old dance moves alike. Now I can proudly tell you how much fun, this 43 year old front row over achiever had dancing and sweating in your class as well as teaching my 8 year old son, "Gangham Style" Bon Voyage