In recent years, Zumba has become a trendy form of exercise for all ages and was limited to the metro cities. Now, it is gradually gaining popularity in Shillong as it is one of the better forms of exercise with a lot of fun, and it has been able to change some lives too.
One such example is Parismita Sarma, a research scholar who had difficulty in maintaining her weight. ‘My doctor asked me to maintain my weight which is taking a toll on my health. Now, from 68 kilos I have been able to maintain it at 62 kilos,’ she said.
Sarma said Zumba had made a lot of difference in her life as it helped her boost confidence. Not just that. She said, ‘Zumba helped me increase my stamina, fitness, overall well-being and reduced my tendency for junk food and laziness. I overcame motion sickness and started loving my body.’
Similarly, for 37-year-old Sharon Kharshiing, choosing Zumba was a perfect decision she made. She was able to maintain her blood pressure. ‘I had very high blood pressure, so I chose Zumba for fitness as it is lively,’ she said.
A diet counselor who loves to dance is the person behind the smiles of women like Parismita and Sharon.
Dapalei Warjri, a certified Zumba instructor, who has been providing classes for about a year has a mission, to change and inspire youths for a better lifestyle.
‘Making a lifestyle change is easy what is difficult is the commitment to follow through with determination. So with this aim in mind, I decided to get myself trained in Zumba because it is one of the opportunities to make workout more fun and exciting,’ Dapalei said.
Interestingly, 25-year-old Dapalei is the first woman Krumper from Shillong to represent Northeast in Indian Krump Festival (vol 7) 2017 and reached top 16 among more than 100 participants from all over the country as well as Krumpact, 2018, and stood up as the top three Krumper. She earned the title of ‘Sister Hectik’ and ‘Twin Misschief’.
Krump is a street dance popularized in the United States, characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movements. The youths who started Krumping saw the dance as a way for them to escape gang life and to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way.
While being part of the fitness sector that takes time and requires support and patience, Dapalei who grew up without a mother, gained a friendly, supportive and motivating personality, from her father and younger sister.
‘I first started dancing when I saw my younger sister on stage. And yes, my mom, who passed away when I only was two years old. I have not seen her but heard from my grandmother that she was an excellent dancer,’ she said. ‘My greatest inspiration for Krump came from Abhishek Deepak Das who saw a Krumper’s soul in me,’ she added.
Keeping her woes aside, that most youths without a primary caregiver would experience; especially in their social and emotional development, confidence and the ability to make and maintain relationships, Dapalei is certain that in years to come she could change many lives through Zumba.