It is often true that the things we are hesitant to do end up being the things we enjoy the most. 19-year-old USF sophomore Joey Jordan, lead instructor for Tuesday and Thursday night Zumba classes at the Koret Center, can certainly relate to that statement.
“When I first joined a gym back home in Boston, before I started teaching Zumba, I was hesitant about taking a group exercise class,” Jordan recalled. “The only workout I knew was running on the treadmill. However, I challenged myself to take almost every class that was offered, and I ended up liking Zumba so much that a few months later, I became certified to teach it.”
Jordan taught as many as 11 classes each week in the Boston area last summer. Before his Zumba classes began at USF this year, he performed with a group of other students for the New Student Orientation during Koret Night.
“I had a blast going up on stage and dancing to one of my new songs in front of everyone,” Jordan said. “Not to mention, there were about a hundred people the following night at the first Zumba class of the semester.”
Jordan makes $30 for each class he teaches at Koret – but it’s clear he is involved with Zumba not just for the money, but because of his passion for exercising and teaching others.
“The best part of being a Zumba instructor is interacting with the people who take my class,” Jordan explained. “The energy and enthusiasm they bring each week motivates me to push myself, and to always be working on new choreography for my classes…I also try to promote a healthy lifestyle to my students, from eating the right foods and remaining active each day.”
As an energetic, animated form of dancing, Zumba offers many physical and health-related benefits. It can also provide a much-needed break from the overwhelming nature of college, and act as a form of rejuvenation for mentally fatigued students.
“Personally, being active throughout the week has greatly helped my school performance. I feel like I have more energy during the school week, and working out is a fantastic way to relieve stress,” Jordan remarked.