It’s not often you can get your groove on, burn hundreds of calories and support a great cause all in one afternoon, but that’s just what local instructor Carmen Laslett is offering at this Saturday’s (Oct. 26) Zumbathon Party in Pink fundraiser.
The one-and-a-half hour class will be run by two of the Zumba world’s top teachers and is open to all experience levels. Money raised at the event will go towards supporting Zumba’s breast cancer research initiative. Zumba has a three-year research grant aimed at breast cancer prevention, with the goal of raising $5-million through their Party In Pink campaign.
“I’d encourage people to come out and not worry whether they have two left feet and dance for the cause,” said Laslett. “This is something we’re doing not only for ourselves but for our sisters, mothers and our friends who’ve battled (breast cancer).”
The session will be led by one of Zumba’s fastest rising stars, Toronto’s Ricardo Marmitte, whose African-themed workshop was named as this year’s favourite at the Zumba Instructors Convention in Orlando. Also appearing will be Jamie Balderas from Seattle, a renowned Zumba jammer who teaches choreography to instructors.
“It’s a couple of amazing instructors that will be teaching it, so Zumba enthusiasts — actually you don’t even have to be a Zumba enthusiast — will have a lot of fun,” Laslett said. “These two people are great teachers and people won’t have to worry if they don’t know what they’re doing and haven’t been to a class before.”
Zumba has turned into a global fitness phenomenon, and Laslett, who’s been teaching in the resort for three years, said Whistlerites have been slowly warming to the Latin dance-inspired aerobic program.
“Zumba is definitely gaining momentum (in Whistler),” she said. “The big difference between Zumba and a lot of other things … is it’s fun. You don’t even know you’re working out and at the end of it you could be burning 500 to 1,000 calories in an hour-long class. From that perspective, a lot of people are attracted to it because it is fun and doesn’t feel like exercise.”
The Zumbathon Party In Pink fundraiser starts at 5:30 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Community School on Saturday. The class costs $20, with 70 per cent of proceeds going to Zumba’s breast cancer prevention research efforts.
Key of Life
The latest in the Whistler Public Library’s Film Movement Series is Japanese comedy Key of Life, winner of The Golden Orchid at last year’s Hawaii International Film Festival.
A case of stolen identity and a fiercely determined bride-to-be collide in this comedic escapade from famed Japanese filmmaker Kenji Uchida.
The Film Movement Series is possible thanks to the support from The Friends of the Whistler Library.
The film screens on Thursday (Oct. 24) at 7 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.
Admission is free.
The terrible twos takes on a whole new meaning this spooky season at the Halloweenie Mask-geraid at Millennium Place.
Children up to five years old and their parents are invited to come and create a fantastic Halloween mask, play games and listen to a scary story with Layna Mawson of ORKIDz Art Studio in Function Junction.
The fun begins Tuesday (Oct. 29) at 12: 45 p.m.
Parental supervision is required.
Registration is $15.
Visit www.artswhistler.com to sign up.