Since Jul 2012

You're Invited to see "Kikankane" or "Let the Bodies Be"
NYU Distinguished Faculty Concert Performance

It's almost here!! 


Rehearsing for the NYU Faculty Concert has been an amazing CHALLENGE but beautiful experience thus far. 


I am so excited to be in "Kikankane" alongside so many talented dancers and musicians and choreographer Alfdaniels Mabingo! 


It will be an amazing dance experience!


Let this be a concert you don't miss!


SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 31ST!!

INDEED it is that time of year again where we raise money for a cause! On May 31st we will be raising money for Soaringwords, a non-profit based in NYC who helps bring joy and healing to hospitalized children. As an intern with this organization it has been a pleasure to see "behind the scenes" work that CEO and Founder Lisa and the Soaringwords core team do. The organization has accomplished SO MUCH and I am proud to be one of the many Zumba instructors raising money for them!


Check out this video and their website Soaringwords.org to learn more about the amazing and inspiring work they do!



Soaringwords + Zumba at Joe DiMaggio Hospital in Florida

Soaringwords visits patients and families at Lincoln Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

 

2/1: Happy New Year!!
Recounting My experience in Kampala, Uganda

A new year is upon us and I cannot help but think about how grateful I am for all of the people who have crossed my path. In January 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Uganda through NYU's Global Programs. The class is called Community Building through Teaching, Creating, Performing: Dance Education in Uganda. Taught by the amazing Deborah Damast (NYU) and equally astounding Ugandan teachers from Mekerere University, those two and a half weeks were the best experiences of my life. The first week we had the opportunity to learn traditional Ugandan dance and song and lesson plan in small teams, the second week we delivered our lessons to over 60 children! Although it is difficult to say every detail of this amazing experience I do want to share that the talent and creativity of these children was amazing to see. In Uganda I learned that dance is a form of cultural expression, showing their histories through movement. Dance is also a tool for social change, where many of the children who may be orphaned or have had very tough life experiences have the opportunity to smile and show their talents, through dance. Learning and sharing the love of dance is something they could be proud of and the deep connection with dance to that aspect of their lives was so amazing to see. At the end of the learning experience we had the opportunity to perform at the National Theater in Kampala, Uganda (their version of Carnegie Hall). In front of a packed house kids, adults, and members of the community from all over came to see all of us perform. It was absolutely an amazing feeling to share what we learned and created together with the community. Now that I have returned to NYC, I am still working on making sense of where this experience fits into my life. One thing I do know is that my direction will be strong in the pursuit of dance and community building.


  • The amazing drummer and dancer Felix!
    The amazing drummer and dancer Felix!
  • On stage during the Ekimandwa (Chi-mandwa) dance
    On stage during the Ekimandwa (Chi-mandwa) dance
  • Brian (Mekerere Univ), myself, and Victoria (NYU)- the rainbow teaching team!
    Brian (Mekerere Univ), myself, and Victoria (NYU)- the rainbow teaching team!
  • In rehearsal for Deb's "Concierto Para Bongos" number
    In rehearsal for Deb's "Concierto Para Bongos" number
  • During rehearsal for my team's rainbow dance
    During rehearsal for my team's rainbow dance
  • The amazing performers Keith and Lisandra from the Afrique Center
    The amazing performers Keith and Lisandra from the Afrique Center
  • NYU visiting Bukenya an amazing photographer and artist
    NYU visiting Bukenya an amazing photographer and artist
  • Impromptu learning session from NYU student Michelle at Jjemba's village
    Impromptu learning session from NYU student Michelle at Jjemba's village
  • Feeding giraffes
    Feeding giraffes
  • After our performance. I miss these smiling faces!
    After our performance. I miss these smiling faces!
  • Having fun after our final performance
    Having fun after our final performance
  • More fun after our final performance!
    More fun after our final performance!
The amazing drummer and dancer Felix!
The amazing drummer and dancer Felix!

12/14: New Instructor for Saturday Classes at the McCarren Park Play Center!!

Beginning December 14th, a new Shape Up NYC instructor Celeste will be taking over the sizzling Saturday classes at noon!! Please join Celeste because the party will NOT stop!!


I want to take this time to say a HUGE Thank you to my McCarren Zumba Family in Brooklyn. It has been an absolute pleasure to Zumba with all of you for an entire year. I am so lucky to have you all in my lives as sources of strength and carefree fun. We have done more the past year than just exercise through dance, we have grown into a beautiful caring community. Much love to everyone!

Happy holidays everyone!!

10/22: Party in Pink Recap: Zumba Love for the Cause!

Wow, so after a few days of recovery from all of the Zumba madness last Saturday I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone; our guest instructor Fiona for sharing her talents, volunteers, participants, donors, roommates and all who have been supportive of the McCarren Park Party in Pink Zumbathon for Breast Cancer Research!! As a community we raised an incredible $707 for the cause!!!! The event was off the chain and it truly could not have happened without all of you!

Words can't fully describe how grateful I am for all of your support leading up to and after the event. This weekend we showed that as a community, we can truly make a difference to benefit of others. Let's keep it up!

Until the next party...keep on dancing!!


Much Love, Tacia


*By request, donations are accepted in person via cash, check until this Friday, 10/25. If you need a receipt for tax purposes, please email me at Tacialeanne@gmail.com*

 
Picture above: Half of our Party in Pink crew! ; Picture below: Guest Zumba instructor Fiona having a blast with everyone!

ZUMBATHON on Saturday 10/19
for Breast Cancer Research!!

The purpose of this fundraiser is to bring together the local community to raise money for breast

cancer prevention research. For the last three years Zumba® instructors have hosted Party in Pink

Zumbathons® and have raised over $3 million worldwide. This year, Zumba® has received their

first medical research grant which will be used to fund research on breast cancer prevention.

Between August 1st and October 31st their goal is to raise $1,000,000. This is an opportunity not

only to promote a healthy local community but also to raise money for a life changing cause. 

 

To learn nore about the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention click below.


http://www.zumba.com/en-US/partyinpink

 

JOIN US for two hours of Zumba® with a special GUEST INSTRUCTOR! Bring your family, friends, and colleagues and encourage them to donate. Donations are accepting online and at the door. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the start of the event. Don't miss out on this fun event! Hope to see you there!


Go to: www.zumbafundraiserwithtacia.eventbrite.com for more information!




Ordering shirts THIS SUNDAY 10/6 so you can have your own Zumba Party in Pink Gear!! Like and comment if you are interested in buying a shirt!! $5 for each shirt purchased will be donated to our fundraising goal!

$25 each

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (Fit sightly loose)

Let me know if you would like a shirt! I will buy only a few extras

...and don't forget to buy your ticket or donate here: www.zumbafundraiserwithtacia.eventbrite.com

To purchase, click on the link above....... you can choose sizes on the website. 




September 7, 2013- IMPORTANT!! OUR FIT FRIDAY'S ZUMBA CLASS TIME CHANGE

Beginning Friday, September 13 our Fit Friday Zumba class at the McCarren Park track will begin at 6pm EVERY WEEK!

That's right, this OUTDOOR class now begins at 6pm instead of the previously scheduled 7pm! I have moved it up an hour so to accomodate the daylight schedule. Your first class is FREE and after that it is $5 per class. Cash and credit cards are accepted!

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me via email at TaciaLeanne@gmail.com or by phone at (858) 776-0760
. :)
 

September 1, 2013- COMING SOON- A Party In PinkZumbathon®

For the last three years Zumba® instructors have hosted Party in Pink Zumbathons® and have raised over $3 million worldwide. This year, Zumba® has received their first medical research grant which will be used to fund research on breast cancer prevention. Between August 1st and October 31st their goal is to raise $1,000,000. This is an opportunity not only to promote a healthy local community but also to raise money for a life changing cause.


YOU will be the first to know when I secure a date and location, I will be sure to update this site. Until then, go to the connect page to add yourself to my mailing list!

 

For more information about Party In Pink™ and The Zumba® Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention, go to this website: http://www.zumba.com/en-US/partyinpink

 

August 23, 2013-*NEW* Fit Fridays! Outdoor Class at the McCarren Park Track

Need an end of the week pick me up? Join me at the McCarren Park Track for Fit Fridays at 7pm! This is a new independent class for all of you to enjoy. Your first class is free and after that each class is $5 so bring friends and family. The outdoor class is located across the street from the McCarren Park Play Center (776 Lorimer St.) between Lorimer St. and Driggs, nearest the racquet ball courts. 


Be sure to bring some water, a towel and jacket. Classes will be held weekly as long as weather permits.

May 9, 2013-Class Update

Thursday classes at the LaGuardia Memorial House are cancelled. Thank you for those who came out!

Do not frown, there is a new class in town! Join me every week on Wednesday at 7pm for Zumba at the Goodwill Farragut Cornerstone in Dumbo Brooklyn! For more information go to my "CLASSES" tab or email me at tacialeanne@gmail.com

April 13, 2013

Zumba Sentao(TM) demo 7:30pm on Tuesday at Lucille Roberts, Kings Highway!

April 7, 2013
New Class in Harlem Added
!


Join us every Thursday starting April 11th at the LaGuardia Memorial House from 6pm-7pm at 307
W. 116th St. Between 1st and 2nd ave, NY NY 10035. Only in the month of April will you have the chance to win the hottest Zumba Gear with every $5 donation. Donations are greatly appreciated. So lace up your athletic shoes and put on your workout gear because the party is about to be rockin
'!! **THIS CLASS IS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME **

For more information contact me via phone at 858-776-0760 or via email at TaciaLeanne@gmail.com.
 

March 28, 2013
Zumba Sentao!

I am now a licensed Zumba Sentao instructor! If you have never heard of Zumba Sentao, check out my "What to Expect" tab in the top-right corner of this page, read the description, and watch the video. Keep checking this website for more information on classes, I can't wait to share this specialty with you!

Qualifications

  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Aqua ZumbaAqua Zumba
    License to teach the 'pool party' workout for all ages using the Zumba® formula and traditional aqua techniques.
  • Zumba SentaoZumba Sentao
    Licensed to teach the party-like workout that incorporates chairs to improve strength, definition and endurance.
  • Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JrZumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.
  • Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JrZumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.