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A Dancing Queen of 2018: Helen Rieke

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Helen Rieke with Margaret Cook post-Fitness Marshall class during her Winterim trip to NYC. Provided by Helen Rieke.

Helen Rieke with Margaret Cook post-Fitness Marshall class during her Winterim trip to NYC. Provided by Helen Rieke.

Helen Rieke with Margaret Cook post-Fitness Marshall class during her Winterim trip to NYC. Provided by Helen Rieke.

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A Dancing Queen of 2018

 

Senior Helen Rieke may be known for her success in the bowling alley or as president of French Club, but that’s not all! Since the young age of fourteen, Helen has been an avid participant in zumba classes around Nashville. Just like Jennifer Lopez and Emma Watson, Helen Rieke prefers her leg warmers and great tunes to lifting weights at the YMCA. After attending one class with Helen, and quickly learning that all I can do in a zumba class is laugh uncontrollably, I had to ask her how her love of zumba began.

 

Q: When did your zumba career begin?

A: I started going to classes probably in 8th grade, with one of my mom’s good friends.

 

Q: What got you interested in zumba?

A: I hate normal forms of exercise like running or lifting weights. I am on the bowling team, what do you expect? I enjoy dancing, so it seemed like it would be a good fit.

 

Q:Why do you like zumba so much?

A: Zumba is enjoyable because the dance moves are easy to follow, the music is fun, and you break a sweat without lifting a single weight.

 

Q:  Where and how often do you go to zumba classes?

A: I go to Zumba classes at Sevier Park Community Center, normally once a week in the summer or once a month during the school year. The classes are $3 a piece and are an hour long, which beats more expensive alternatives.  I started taking a class called Dance Fit probably two years ago too. It is like Zumba but with more hip-hop and rap music played, songs such as Humble by Kendrick Lamar and Bodak Yellow by Cardi B, which I love.

 

Q: Who would you recommend zumba to?

A:  I would recommend either of these classes for people who want a fun, inexpensive, uplifting workout. You can burn up to 800 calories in a class.

 

Q: If you could describe zumba in 3 words what they be?

A: Fun, Challenging, and Entertaining.

 

Q:  Will you continue to take zumba classes after high school?

A: I hope to take Zumba classes or a dance class like it in college.

 

Q: Any goals in zumba?

A:  At one of the schools I am looking at, they do not offer this, and the admissions counselor said I am welcome to start one if I go there!  

 

Thank you Helen Rieke for spreading the popularity of the lost art of zumba, and we all wish you well in your college zumba startup. If anyone is interested in giving zumba a try, don’t be afraid to ask Helen for some class recommendations.

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