Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to have two guests this Thursday night on Canto Talk. My friend and fellow SLOB, Deadliest Blogger’s Barry Jacobsen, and my friend and inspiration, Zumba instructor and dancer extraordinaire, Kavita Sheth. The featured topic: All Things Indian. (Click HERE for podcast link; the show is at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST Thursday, Aug. 22).
Here is a bit more about Kavita’s newest enterprise:
Tierrasanta Expands Zumba Party into Kearny Mesa
Tierrasantans have been having so much fun with resident Kavita Sheth’s Zumba class that she has just opened up a brand new studio in Kearny Mesa. Her new place is Studio K Dance and Fitness (9340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite F), where she offers classes, featuring dance and aerobic-oriented forms (e.g., Zumba, Yoga, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Salsa, Insanity, etc.) done to a novel mix of world music styles.
“Everybody has a desire to dance,” said Sheth. “I match this need with the fact many want a solid workout in a fun atmosphere. I have gotten so many requests for such different Zumba and dance styles, that opening up Studio K was the best next step.”
Sheth had an opening night party in late July, which was attended by many Teirrasantans, including Cheri Korobkin.
“I love Kavita’s class; it’s the most fun I have had exercising ever,” explained Korobkin. “I love dancing in the dark with the special studio lights, as well as the fact I don’t feel self-conscious when I do the routines”. Korobkin also takes her two tweens regularly to class, who enjoy the dance exercises and are enthusiastic inspirations to their mom.
Sheth notes that Zumba is “not just for women, but it’s something men can really enjoy, too.” Jorge Ceniceros, Tierrasanta resident and one of Sheth’s original students, agrees and confirms that Zumba is a real workout.
“Between Zumba ands Metafast, I have easily lost 50 pounds,” Ceniceros remarked. “I came at first with my significant other, and have stayed because it was very fun and I came out trashed…in a good way. I have also learned dance to the point I am able to follow the instructor”.
Sheth has recruited a wide array of Zumba and dance instructors for her studio. Program styles include “groove”, hip-hop, and a new alphabet-based movement routine called Bokwa (an increasingly popular routine). The course offerings will also include a combination of pilates and yoga called “Piyo”.
During Studio K’s opening night, Sheth’s Bollywood instructor, Jonathan Bosco, lead the crowd in creating and performing a full Indian-based dance routine that thrilled the entire audience. Bosco competed in India’s popular “Just Dance” competition and has choreographed many acclaimed routines.
“Bollywood is for everyone: Men, women, young, old,” noted Bosco. “One of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Hritik Roshan, is the perfect example of fitness. I am happy that Studio K is giving me the opportunity to share many of Indian dance styles with new people, new fans.”
Sheth, a Tierrasanta resident, has been dancing since the age of 5. She eventually plans to offer Latin-style dance programs, including Bachata that was inspired by a life-changing trip to the Dominican Republic. A highlight of the July opening was a Bachata performance she did with an instructor-in-training, Hector Perez-Garcia.
Besides being fun, Studio K is family-friendly. Her studio includes an area for childcare, and Studio K will eventually be offering classes for children.
Sheth has been a certified Zumba instructor since 2010. She has training in Basic 1, Basic 2, and Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, Core and Glutes. Her studio also features programs with other instructors who possess a wide array of certifications.
As a MUT Temple Bonus, here is one of my favorite Bollywood clips: