The severe rainstorms on the night of June 28 made sleeping difficult. But what made the rain even worse were the results discovered on Saturday morning.Cornelius residents woke up to some flooding: saturated vegetable gardens, coated-by-mud sidewalks, water-logged garages and front yards, gravel and mulch that washed away fences, and still-underwater streets made a sunny Saturday morning pretty gloomy. There was a little bit of gloom, too, at No Limit Training Co., at 18631 Northline Drive in Cornelius, as the Saturday morning Zumba group arrived for class and found a flooded building. “Mother Nature surprised us,” said Slavka Pecinova, the Zumba instructor. The floor and the carpet were squishy with water that had leaked in.In case you’ve never heard of it, Zumba is a Latin fitness-dance program. The choreography of the exercise is made up of different dance styles, like samba and salsa, as well as some moves from martial arts and Bollywood dancing.As the clean-up of the building began, Slavka and about 20 of her students tried to find another place to hold the class. No one wanted to leave. Slavka said, “We love to move, and we love to dance, and we couldn’t stand the idea of not moving.” So class was not cancelled, just temporarily relocated. And the building was eventually cleaned up. A group of students found a deserted parking lot f down the street. Patricia Thomann drove her car around to provide the speakers that blasted the music. And despite temperatures already in the 70s, the class went on as usual. The biggest setback was that some students had to move around to dance in the shade, and the asphalt was hard on the dancers’ shoes. Slavka interrupted her regular routine to ask everyone if they were OK and to remind everyone to drink plenty of water.After the class, the students stayed around to talk about the class. Alejandra Pinzon said, “It was a good workout. I love Zumba, and I like it more outside.” Thomann, whose car played the music, added, “Because we sweated more.” Slavka summed up the Saturday-morning class the best: “We enjoyed Zumba outside. We had fun and felt great after we finished.” All the participants forgot the rain of the night before and smiled as they left the class.
Monday, Jul. 08, 2013
Zumba class dances on, despite rain
Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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