January 20, 2011

You've Got to Show Me JAM!!!

I know I've already posted this week, but something so fantastic happened I just had to write about it. It's even a kind of fix to my earlier post...

I've been teaching Body Jam for almost exactly two years now. I was completely in love at first. It was so awesome to get up there week after week and dance with some of the most awesome and inspiring people I've ever met. Over the last couple of months, between getting my RPM certification, my own RPM class and losing my Jam partner to a very, very sweet cause, I was getting less passionate about Jam. My class moved to a new time which seems to pick up for a while but then started slowing down again. Numbers kept dropping and I was getting extremely frustrated and tired. This week totally reopened my eyes to why I actually do what I do and why I love it so much.

Every three months we release new music and new moves to every program. RPM was a blast last week and is still a lot of fun. But Tuesday night this week was almost a brand new experience. We launched Jam in O-town and, with over 50 people in the class, totally rocked it! I honestly don't think I've personally taught better than I did that night. It felt so amazing and to see that many people just letting go and having a fantastic time made me realize why I push myself so much. Teaching with Mike and Nikki (and missing Sherry, who was in the class with her baby bump) was completely incredible. I had so much fun, but it made me very nervous for Wednesday night, my class. Our numbers don't even come close to competing with Ogden, and I was worried our launch there was going to be a bust with maybe 10 or 12 people.

As the starting time got closer, more people I had never seen before kept showing up. We only had about 4 or 5 regulars, but we had 29 PEOPLE show up for our launch. Compared to over 50, it doesn't seem like much, but it's a smaller club and that is more than I've ever seen in my class! The energy from everyone participating was absolutely perfect. The three of us had a blast teaching, again, and it was the best time I've had in a very, very long time.

I got home and had a quick text chat with Nik about how we can pull out it in Layton every week and I seriously broke down crying. It felt so good to be back in my zone and love every second of it! I seriously never want this feeling to end! So here's the JAM message...