Terrified, I quickly punched in my student ID number and let the machine scan my hand before entering the gym. In all honesty, I did not want to be there; I was especially wary about the class I was going to take. The UCR’s Recreation Center offers a variety of free classes to its students and some dorm mates had convinced me to go with them. They had decided to go to Zumba, a fast-paced, dance-based class that, to me, sounded like one hundred ways to embarrass myself.
[bf_image id="bhnmk3cwrv7t39ngm4rpq936"] This led to me attending more and more zumba classes. At first I was still embarrassed by what I deemed risque movements and because there were mirrors capturing our every move. However, it was also exhilarating learning the steps and watching myself get better. I was able to begin to embrace my body and my femininity which have always been things I struggled with. It also helped that everyone was supportive and the instructors always seemed to be having a blast. Zumba has been one of my best experiences because not only was it good for my physical health, but it also allowed for me to embrace myself and become more confident in who I am.