Catalina Dau

Meet Catalina!

Instructor

Instructor Since:

2016

Hometown:

Bogota, Colombia

About Her Class:

You can expect a fun, energizing, and maybe even challenging workout in a welcoming and supportive environment. While part of the fun is getting to learn some dynamic and sassy choreography, I encourage my students to embrace their own movement expression, focusing primarily on energizing the body with a great workout -it is not about “getting all the moves right”, it is about going at your own pace and having fun.

Why She Started Teaching Zumba®:

From day one, Zumba® has delivered the perfect blend of uplifting music and energizing choreography to brighten up my day. Feeling compelled to spread the joy in my community, I was inspired to create an environment for people to feel present and amazing in their bodies. Needless to say, I am grateful to be teaching Zumba® because it is a privilege to create a space for others to experience the mentally and physically healing benefits of exercise, music and expression.

What Makes Zumba® Special For Her:

Today, Zumba® has become a way for me to connect to my Colombian roots as a Canadian immigrant. Whenever I lead or take a class, I feel at home!  Beyond getting to embrace my Colombian heritage, I came to my first Zumba® class in 2011 looking for an alternative way to exercise while enjoying my passion for dance. I remember feeling so empowered after my first class -having had recently recovered from spinal surgery, I had been able to have fun and stay engaged while working with physical limitations. From that point, Zumba® not only helped me build the physical strength and endurance I had lost due to my injury, but it also challenged me to reach an even higher level of physical fitness.

How Long Does It Take Her To Learn Choreography?

Learning choreography is a skill that I have practiced from an early age, having been trained in dance for over a decade. While I think dance training has certainly influenced the speed at which I can commit a Zumba® song to memory, I practice, practice, practice my choreography, no matter how simple, whenever there’s time for a dance break.

What Is She Most Proud Of?

Something I’m quite proud of is  my modern dance choreography pieces. There’s nothing like going through an extensive and meaningful creative process to express something that can’t be put into words. The experience of  finally coming through with a finished product is freeing and enriching!

What Is Something That Amazes Her?

Ever since I started taking human anatomy/physiology courses, I have been in constant awe of how many beautiful biological processes happen inside our bodies all the time–most of which we’re not even aware of!

What Is Something She Needs Everyday?

Presence, nourishing food, a daily dose of movement, and spending time with loved ones.

What Does She Like To Eat And/Or Drink At A Party?

If by party, you mean Tea Party, then count me in for delicately presented treats in dainty dishes and cups. Generally speaking though, you’ll find me by the chip bowl and a glass of white wine is also amazing.

What Is Her Favorite Thing To Do That Is Not Zumba®?

I love to practice and teach yoga. Yoga reminds me that every moment is a new opportunity to find serenity, be kind, and embrace change.  I also have a strong desire to learn new things! After completing my Psychology degree, I have developed a keen interest in learning about anatomy, exercise science and injury prevention. I hope to apply this knowledge to help people in the future by becoming a Physiotherapist.

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