Author Archives: Karen Hellekson

2017-09-19 Aqua Zumba playlist

* Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) – Andy Grammer – Warmup/Top pop
* Téir Abhaile Riu – Celtic Woman – Warmup/Celtic
* Algo Tropical – Dos Chamos – Merengue
* Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift – Top pop
* Forever Chugether – Max Pizzolante feat. Aisha & Beto Perez – Salsa choque/reggaeton
* Black Betty’s Worldwide (feat. Heymous Molly) – Xenia Ghali (based on Ram Jam, “Black Betty,” 1979) – Dance & DJ
* The Bombay – Francesca Maria & Drood – Bhangra
* You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC – Classic rock
* Cheap Thrills – Sia feat. Sean Paul – Top pop
* El Cartero – La Ricura y DKB – Cumbia
* Ice Ice Baby (Zumba Remix) – Zumba Fitness & Vanilla Ice – Hip-hop/rap
* El Instinto – Impacto Urbano ft. Merce GP & Raul Nadal – Reggaeton
* Faith (feat. Ariana Grande) – Stevie Wonder – Top pop
* Unstoppable – Sia – Cooldown

14 songs, 48 minutes; I omit “You Shook Me” unless the person who requested it is present.


Fall 2017 classes are enrolling!

Tai Chi for Healthy Aging and Balance

Place and time: 10:30 to 11:30a, The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center (downstairs), Mondays and Thursdays during September, October, and November. No class on Labor Day, September 4. Update: SEPTEMBER CLASS FULL.

Cost/enrollment: $30/month for non–UMF FRC members. Note that the class is not included with the Heart Time pass. Enroll in person at the UMF FRC front desk, or phone them at (207) 778-7495.

I’l B Fit, Rumford

Zumba Gold: Mondays at 5p, September 11 to December 4. No class on Columbus Day, October 9.

PiYo Live: Thursdays at 5p, September 7 to October 19. Update: CLASS CANCELED—NOT ENOUGH PREENROLLEES

Cost/enrollment: $7 for drop-in. If you buy a 4-class card and pay up front, the cost drops to $5/class. Just show up the first day—no need to buy the 4-class card ahead of time.

MSAD 52, Turner

PiYo Live: Thursdays 4:30p, November 2 to December 14, place TBA; bring a sticky mat. Update 2017-09-19: CLASS CANCELED—NO ROOM AVAILABLE

Zumba Gold: Thursdays 5:30p, November 2 to December 14, place TBA; no equipment required. Update 2017-09-19: CLASS CANCELED—NO ROOM AVAILABLE

Cost/enrollment: $8 for drop-in. Preregistration is required, which cannot be done over the phone but can be done by mail. Minimum class size is 8; if 8 people do not preregister, the class will not run.

University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center (UMF FRC)

The classes on the posted group fitness schedule are drop-in, and no registration is required. Visit the FRC’s home page to download a PDF of classes being offered. I’m teaching STRONG by Zumba and Aqua Zumba. Classes are free for FRC members; others can pay $7 for a day pass.

Summer 2017 classes

I’m teaching at the UMF FRC over the summer. The current schedule is for July and August.


No classes June 2017

I am not teaching during June 2017. Look for my classes in July! I’ll be teaching Aqua Zumba and PiYo Live. Also, heads up: no Saturday classes at UMF FRC until October 2017.


Early 2017 classes are enrolling!

Enrollment is OPEN for Zumba Gold and PiYo at I’l B Fit (! ZG meets Monday nights, 6p, February 6 to March 20; PiYo meets Thursday nights, 6:00p,* February 9 to March 16. Drop-ins are welcome ($7/class) but it’s cheaper if you sign up and prepay.

Signups are now open for MSAD52 (Turner) classes! PiYo is Thursday nights, April 27 to May 18, 4:30p, and Zumba Gold is right after, 5:30p. Each block of classes is $20 ($8 drop-in fee per class). Class meets at Turner Primary School. Register online at

Finally, signups are open for Tai Chi for Healthy Aging. The class is divided into three sessions, one each in February, March, and April. Class meets 10:30–11:30a on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Landing (bottom floor, UMF Olsen Student Center). Non-FRC members pay $30 per session; free for members. This class requires enrollment (sign up at the UMF FRC’s front desk); the sessions are progressive. Participants must be aged 60 years or older and ambulatory (people in chairs are welcome).

If minimum class sizes are not met, then the classes will be canceled, so if you’re interested, please sign up!

*Change as of 2017-02-23: 6p start time, not 5:30p start time!


Zumba playlist (60 min) – 2016-10-19

Here’s the playlist I used when I subbed on 2016-10-19! Enjoy.

* Celebrate (From Penguins of Madagascar) – Pitbull – Pop (warmup)
* All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor – Pop [ZIN 54]
* Menea La Pera – BiP – Merengue [ZIN 51]
* Wine It Up [Radio Edit] – DJ LBR – Moombai rock [MM 42]
* She Bangs (English version) – Ricky Martin – Rock/Pop [Gold Vol 1]
* Pause (Zumba mix) – Pitbull – Pop
* Emergency – Icona Pop – Pop
* Ex’s and Oh’s – Elle King – Alternative rock
* Shot – Jaiko El Propotipo – Reggaeton
* Suenan Los Cueros – BiP – Salsa [ZIN 59]
* Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO – Pop [ZIN 42]
* Get Low – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Dance & DJ/Middle Eastern
* Here to Stay (feat. Lady Chann) – Zomboy – Electronic/Glitch [ZIN 50]
* Zumba Fuego – Zumba – Cumbia [ZIN 59]
* Demon Dance – Parov Stelar – Electro Swing
* Wild Thing – Ton-Loc – Rap & Hip-Hop [ZIN 61]
* Unstoppable – Sia – Pop (cool-down)


STRONG by Zumba launches!

Join me in STRONG by Zumba! I’m super excited about this class: it’s not a dance class but a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class. The moves are synced to music, which means you have to keep up—so you have to work hard.

Class meets at the UMF FRC on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:15–10a, and Saturday mornings at 9:15–10:15a. The Tuesday night class was canceled.

The class is made up of quadrants, each of which escalates in intensity. The moves progress: you start out with a burpee prep, then a slow burpee, then a fast burpee. Need to stay back a layer? Do so. Want to up your intensity? I can help you out with that!

You’ll do jabs, uppercuts, punches, knee lifts, core rotations, football rumbles, planks, lunges… get the idea? The choreography is simple and progressive. The fourth quadrant is floor work.

More info is available on the official STRONG by Zumba Web site.