Several years ago. In a land foreign from my own. I started a program titled M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness. We started out with 3 people in the Sandbox Gahanna (a shared office space in Gahanna that no longer exists) off of Mill st.
I remember everyone was telling me that I absolutely had to get a Zumba certification. At first I thought they were right and I went to the Zumba certification session. While there I realized that this wasn’t the thing for me. So I left about 90 percent of the way through and I decided to stick to what I knew and that was Hip Hop.
Hip hop fitness wasn’t well received at first. Zumba classes were packed all around. My little hip hop fitness classes meanwhile had 3 people. I figured that maybe I shouldn’t try this on my own. I thought to myself that maybe I should seek mentors and see how others who were doing similar programs were doing it. So I decided that I would work at the commercial gyms and learn what I could from those who had been in the dance fitness game longer than I. This task proved to be beneficial as well as inauspicious.
I landed my very first job at a commercial gym by luck. I was invited to take a class with the good Reverend Doctor Charles A. Montgomery Pastor of Vineyard East. It was a Dance Jam class with a Rachel Hillman. This class played a myriad of songs from various genres. It was like agony for me at times due to waiting for the Hip Hop songs to come on. When they did, I put everything I had into every move. This caught the eye of the instructor teaching as well as the group fitness head of that particular gym. After class I was approached about teaching a dance fitness class. They invited me to audition for the job there and the rest was history.
Along this journey I’ve made quite a few friends. I’ve also made some enemy’s. One of the things I’ve realized was that when you set your aims high and began to pursue them. Not everyone wishes the best for you. For instance the very people that I looked up to and that gave me helpful advice began to treat me differently all because my class sizes surpassed their own. While this was disturbing to say the least, it was also an eye opener. It was one of the things that let me know I was on the right track with this Hip Hop Fitness thing. –To be continued