THERE are people who enjoy Zumba, and seriously passionate about the new phenomenon in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
In contrast, there is also a passionate local Zumba practitioner, Everlyn Basi who has introduced to Zumba fitness class 10 years ago and now surprisingly she hopes to take on the challenge as the first-ever local and qualified Zumba instructor in the country.
In 2009, an American woman, Megan introduced Zumba in the Solomon Islands.
Teaching Zumba Fitness is a rewarding job/hobby that keeps not only yourself healthy but also, helps the public maintain a healthy lifestyle in a fun way. Raw Sports reporter, Esther Nuria previously interviews Everlyn to ask why she opted to take-up that new role as a Zumba instructor in Honiara.
- Tell us more about yourself (profile)?
Hi, my name is Everlyn Basi, am from the Western province, Choiseul and Malaita. I am 33 years old. I am a single mother of 3 daughters, Nolah 10, Shaniqua 8 and Trisha 5.
I am currently working for Solomon Water as the Procurement Team leader.
- When did you start playing Zumba?
I started doing Zumba back in 2009 10 years ago. That was when it started in Honiara. We use to train at the Heritage building at the AusAid Conference room level 2. The Zumba instructor at that time was a lady from the United States of America.
- Who introduces you to Zumba Fitness?
My sister Joy Basi forwarded me an email about the Zumba fitness class so I decided to join as I love dancing and hate going to the gym and do other sports.
- How do in find being a Zumba Fitness instructor?
Being an instructor actually boost up my confidence.
- What are the challenges you faced with Zumba as an instructor?
Zumba is often called an “exercise in disguise.” Participants have a blast and don’t even realize they’re exercising. In fact, it feels so good, people want to do it every day, as a result, we have a high demand for trainers to take classes and also for business households but I myself cannot do it alone we need young and energetic please to take the Basic 1 training to be able to instruct Zumba and be able to share the Zumba love.
A challenge also is getting to bring out people from their comfort zone, they are interested in the fitness program but are shy. How do I get them to come out?
- How do you feel like a first Zumba fitness trainer in the Solomon Islands?
Am proud to be the first local qualified Zumba fitness instructor. Am happy I will be able to motivate our women and men to join the fitness program to make them feel good about themselves and to share the Zumba love in Solomon Island.
- Any pieces of advice for women and men who are interested in Zumba?
A Zumba class creates a party-like atmosphere that provides a non-intimidating opportunity for non-dancers, new exercisers, or those who have previously hesitated to participate in-group classes. The Zumba program is an effective, innovative, and exhilarating workout designed for everyone and people of any fitness level, from any background, and of any age can start the program right away. The Zumba Fitness-Party is, indeed, great for the mind, body, and soul! If you want to relieve stress just come and shake it off at our Zumba fun! Trust me its so fun!
- Any final comments you which to share?
I guess it’s time we all should look after our health, so if you are not a gym type of people why not come join us. You won’t be disappointed.