Zumba-ing all the way to Florida

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - GARY FAR­ROW

The first ever master class pre­sen­ta­tion by a New Zealan­der will be given at a large Zumba con­ven­tion in Or­lando, Florida this year.

Kelly Ann Nikara, who hails from Hamil­ton, said she was ‘‘gob­s­macked’’ when she found out she had won a com­pe­ti­tion to have a slot pre­sent­ing in an ex­er­cise class at the Zumba In­struc­tors Network Con­ven­tion.

In this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, there were over 700 en­trants from around the world.

Nikara came sixth place in the con­test and at first thought she wouldn’t be go­ing be­cause they usu­ally only take the top five.

She’s ac­cepted that and de­cided she would ap­ply again next year.

‘‘But the morn­ing they of­fi­cially an­nounced it, I just went to have a look to see who the other in­struc­tors were, be­cause I know quite a few of them off YouTube,’’ she said.

‘‘As I was scrolling down they ac­tu­ally had a sur­prise that they were tak­ing six fi­nal­ists, and the sixth one was me.’’

The scores for the top six fi­nal­ists had all turned out the same. The or­gan­i­sa­tion con­sulted its top man­age­ment, who de­cided that as they have the funds, they would send all six along.

‘‘So I get to present a 15 minute slot in a master class,’’ Nikara said.

‘‘This is go­ing to be in front of the cre­ator of Zumba, so there will be a panel of judges who will be judg­ing us.’’

She will be the first New Zealan­der to rep­re­sent the coun­try in this way.

‘‘I’m ex­cited and ner­vous, but more than any­thing I’m just proud to be able to stand up as a New Zealan­der, as a Ma¯ori, and rep­re­sent our beau­ti­ful coun­try. That’s my dream.’’

Nikara will be hold­ing a fundraiser Zumba class to help her get to Or­lando, on June 9, 1.30pm at Fraser High School. It will be 90 min­utes long and en­try is $20.

Hamil­ton Zumba in­struc­tor Kelly Ann Nikara has been cho­sen to lead a slot in a master class at an in­ter­na­tional Zumba con­ven­tion.

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