12030255_10153690019629530_2817624496593050607_o295A massive thank you to all who turned up, took part and shook your booties to make our Zumbathon! Charity Event such a fantastic success on Saturday 24th October - a total of £2160-76 raised whoo hoo!!!

As you can see, the cheques have already been delivered to the two wonderful local charities, St Elizabeth Hospice and EACH.

Special thanks need to go to our Zumba Staff: Susanne Campbell, Samba band member and Zumba coordinator; Sandra Bloomfield, Assistant Coordinator for Thomas Mills Sports Centre; Jackie Matthews for her Poster Design;  Sally Steward for her time and energies distributing our Zumbathon posters; and Amy Goulding of Impulse Fashion for ticket sales in her Framlingham shop.

Zumbathon Magic

Eileen with Zumbathon Attendees


We kicked our Charity event off with a very energetic warm up led by Zumba’s own Cumbia and Reggae ton Jammer, Nadia Alkoc - who came all the way from Scotland to shake her booty. If that wasn’t enough, the next day she conducted an all day Zumba Cumbia Jam session in Ipswich. Check out the photo below of Nadia, myself and three other Zumba colleagues.

Cumbia Jam!

Emily doing her thingOur Zumba performing team consisted of Terri Cave, Emily Bower, Nadia Alkoc, and of course, myself.  You guys were all amazing!

Check out the action shots of Emily (left) and Terri (below right), they really say it all. Or click here to watch a video taken by Gail from Rage With A Smile Photography and Design of the 10 minute warm up featuring all of us doing our thing!

Contagious energy and laughter

During our performances, energies were flying, bodies were pumping, and laughter was contagious.

Terri CaveSamba Band membersThe Never Ready’s Samba Band was our “Break”. Of course, that didn’t really happen.... how can one NOT dance to Samba music? The band, dressed as pirates were brilliant. Check out the video by clicking here.

Thanks to the wonderful photos by Des Fisher from “Near the Coast” we have a snap shot (amongst many others) of Colleen Knight’s daughter - a little Zumbette in the making, waving her pink blanket to the beat of the drums!

Nadia and samba band Eileen with youngest ZumbetteAnd if one needed a break from dancing, we had fabulous cakes and macaroons (supplied by Rhonda) to munch on, coffee, or tea to sip, and Processco. Great job Rhonda, your macaroons are to die for.

Our vendors all did a great job setting up their stalls. Susanne Campbell displayed her jewellery and some very creative Christmas ornaments for the upcoming holidays. Karen Lomax from Tropic had her natural body product line which is part owned by Sir Alan Sugar.

Younique and Forever by Liz Yeatts had some of the most gorgeous shades of lipstick colour that I’ve ever seen. The Peacock Emporium owned by the very clever and talented Textile Artist, Julie Filmer had the cutest handmade material figures, perfect for underneath a Christmas tree.  End of the Rainbow had lovely gift ideas for those hard to shop for individuals and both Impulse Fashions and Body Shop had an amazing stock presentation. Whoo hoo!

Raffle prizes galore

After our dance performances, it was raffle time! And, raffles we had. They were some of the most incredible gifts not to be believed. The grand prize was a two week stay in Spain! Our sponsors (listed in full below) were beyond generous. The H-P’s Emporium alone supplied us with 13 raffle gifts! I was so touched by everyone’s generosity.  Thank you so much.

We had dinner, deli, hair cut and blow dry vouchers; baskets filled with coffee and flavoured syrups, chocolates, locally produced food items, handbags, shawls, amazing jewellery..I could go on and on.  The highlight of the raffle draw was when we found out that the winner of the Grand prize to Spain was the Vicar!

Lastly, a big thank you to everyone who baked cakes, exhibited their products and helped spread the Zumba love. Most of all thanks to all you women who showed up and rocked the floor!

Eileen Torosian Tinney

Find out more about Torosian Tinney Fitness and Dance by clicking here.

PS. Check out the full list of our Zumbathon contributors, donors and sponsors below - Thank you all so much!

Zumbathon Contributors

Jackie Mathews - Zumbathon Poster Design

Gail Rajgor - Photography and Web Design (

Callendar’s Florist - Floral presenations

About Fram - Online article insertions

Near the Coast - Zumbathon coverage

Framfare - Zumbathon advert

East Anglian - Article about Zumbathon

Community News - Zumbathon advert

Castle Radio - Zumbathon interview

Sally Steward - Zumbathon flyer distribution


Zumbathon Donations

Beverly and Kirstie Tuthill

Ann Elliot

Helen Ball

Ruth Bradley

Maureen Flannery

Ruth Bradley and family

Eddie and Shirley Baker

Richard Kimmerling

Linda Dunnet


Zumbathon Raffle Sponsors

Impulse Fashions                              

Angel Podiatry

Lemon Tree

Dolled Up

The Framlingham Crown

Rage with a Smile Photography

Carley Hill Hair

Leo’s Deli

Rachael Lead

Framlingham Chemist

Darcy B

Bridges and Garrards

Dior Cosmetics


The H-P’s Emporium

Boo Tiki





Costa coffee


Cafe Nero

Les Chocolates Belges

Face in Nature

Angel’s Beauty Clinic


East of England Co-op


Hill Farm

Ruby Tyger

The Chocolatarie

The Store



blackberry cottage 054Join us at Thomas Mill's High School in Framlingham at 2:30-6.00 pm on Saturday 24th October for a fun-packed afternoon for all as we raise money for two great local causes, St. Elizabeth's Hospice and East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH) in a Zumbathon Charity Event.

All welcome - Experienced Zumbanistas, Newbies who want to give Zumba a go, and anyone who just wants to join the party for a great cause!

Workout to 2 hours of guest performances. As well as me (Eileen) and other local Zumba instructors, Emily Bower and Terri Cave, there will be a special performance featuring the Amazing Zumba Jammer, Nadia Alkoc,  Live music will be provided by local Samba band, The Never Ready's.

And in between the work-outs there will plenty of other things to keep you entertained of course.

Shopping and beauty treatments from local vendors, homemade cakes, tea, coffee, bubbly will also be available and ... plus fantastic prizes to be won in the raffle too, including a 2 week stay in a fully furnished apartment on La Tercia Golf Course near Mercia in rural Spain!zumbathon_posterA4_2 copy

Advance tickets cost £8  and can be purchased  from Impulse Fashions in Framlingham or by contacting meOn-the-door entry will be £10.

Call me on 07813 854255 or email for further details or to donate prizes!

See you there!

Eileen Torosian Tinney


Find out more about Torosian Tinney Fitness and Dance by clicking here.