There's a secret tradition that only those of us who are licensed Zumba instructors are let in on. Something to make us feel connected with each other. Something that helps build the sense of community between instructors (as opposed to competition) that we're so proud of.
However, I love my dancers, and I think it's such a cool tradition that I want to include you. I don't think that I have such a large network (yet) that it will get back to many others that I squealed, so feel free to take part in the tradition. After all, Zumba is one big community, and instructors are just dancers in the front, front row.
The tradition is simply that you don't buy Zumba bracelets for yourself. Specifically, those rubbery ones. Nobody is going to judge you or say anything or even look down on you if you do. It's totally cool to be enthusiastic. The tradition is just that you buy and pass out bracelets to other people. I actually always assume that if you have a bunch of bracelets, it's because you've collected them from other people. This isn't the case for any other Zumba swag, but feel free to turn it into your own thing among friends with earrings or toning sticks or whatever, if you want.
The other half of the tradition is not to expect anything in return. Maybe you'll get a bracelet back at some point in the future, but that's not really the point. It's Zumba's secret random act of kindness.
|From the Truckee, CA, Independence Day Parade, 2011.|
If you don't want it or don't like it, pass it on. That's the point. Spread the gospel of Zumba. And at some point in the future, when you're feeling particularly inspired or wealthy, feel free to buy your own collection and pass the tradition along. Maybe I'll get one back. I'm really excited to share this. I'm such a geek.