I had no idea how to Zumba when I first went, but after three classes I started to get a hang of it. The instructor told me that it would take a few classes to get the hang of the moves and she was right.
If you watch some videos of Zumba online (YouTube mainly for me when I first started out) and practice along with it you'll pick it up pretty quick. Plus you don't have to feel self conscious when you are doing it alone.
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11/8/13 6:46 P
Just keep doing it and you will soon be a pro. Dont think about the moves as much. Don;t get discouraged that you dont get it quite right. Just move! As long as you move youre burning calories. And the moves will come before you know it.
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2,130 11/8/13 10:23 A
Speak for yourself Ivylass! You certainly do not have to be a Zumba instructor in order to know how to shimmy. :) Once I have done a choreo twice I generally know the routine as well as the instructor. There is nothing magical about being a Zumba instructor--anyone willing to pay $270 and attend a one-day workshop can be an instructor--everybody passes, no matter how bad a dancer they are or how little they know about Latin dance/music. This is why instructor quality varies so wildly.
Being perfect is not the point though, and I FREQUENTLY see instructors mess up. If you aren't feeling confident or if you can't keep up, just stand in the back. I don't really care how bad someone is as long as they are behind me and the flailing is not distracting.
I bought the DVD's and did the instructional program before I tried one of the dance programs. The instructional "class" on the DVD's broke down the main steps one by one. Then the first "intro" dance on the DVD's used those basic steps to make a little dance routine. By the time you have learned that dance, you will probably be ready to tackle a live class.
I know you would prefer a live class to a DVD ... but maybe a DVD that you could "practice with" to learn the basic steps would be worth the investment. You could then move on to a live class once you felt more comfortable.
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11/7/13 5:38 P
I'm no good at Zumba, I am not coordinated enough or quick enough, lol. But, I have the first 2 zumba games on xbox and that game teaches you each song on the game step by step, fast and slow version. I dont know if that's an option for oyu, but I'd say alot of it is the same moves they use in classes. Never been to a real class.
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6,533 11/7/13 1:54 P
I don't think ANYONE knows how to Zumba except the instructor. I learned by following along. At first I felt self-conscious, thinking everyone was snickering at me for my "spider on a hot plate" moves. Then I realized I'm trying to follow the instructor and not noticing anyone else. So no one is looking at me! I'm there to work up a sweat (and learn some new music, I've downloaded some new tunes on my iPod) and if I miss a step or can't shimmy like the instructor, who cares? All I know is I have to go home and take a shower...and slowly but surely, I'm learning how to cha cha.
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11/7/13 1:33 P
No, they don't really teach the moves in class. When you're in class, you learn the moves through repetition. An instructor will usually create a more complex dance combo from a series of a moves done multiple times.
Go back to one of those Zumba classes. Look to the left and look to the right. At one time, each and every one of those people in that room was a beginner, just like you. Some of those people may have been taking that same class with that same instructor for months. That's why they seem to "get" it.
You'll get it too if you keep going to Zumba on a regular basis. It really does take time to learn the choreography. Practice really does make perfect. Keep going, I think you'll surprize yourself how quickly you will pick up some moves.
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2,736 11/7/13 1:10 P
Well, I have been doing Latin dancing all of my life, so it was fairly easy for me to recognize the elements. I also understand the structure of the music, so if if I don't know the steps I can look for the patterns and figure them out quickly.
Most Latin music is some combination of four beats. One very common pattern is 3 beats and a pause. Another is 1-2-3 and a repetition of move 3 on the 4th beat. If you can count 1-2-3-4 to the music and look at how the steps line up, you will start to see a pattern.
I have two suggestions: 1. Ask for a demo before and/or after class. Make your questions specific. 2. The Zumba box set that came out in 2009 has a breakdown of all of the steps, including their names in Zumba-speak...this is on the same DVD as the 20-minute workout. You can find a lot of this on YouTube. There are also other people on YouTube who have demos. Here is part of that DVD: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xapX7gIc8iY
Talk to the instructor before class and explain that you need instruction and see what he/she says. When I taught group fitness, I was happy to help anyone who asked for help, but if I saw a new person and they didn't bother talking to me, I would not modify the class or give extra instruction.
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308 11/7/13 10:18 A
In a quest to find a fun, engaging kind of fitness class, I've tried out THREE local zumba classes. I even tried one that was supposed to be for "beginners." But NO ONE seems to actually teach Zumba moves. You're just apparently supposed to already know how to Zumba, or cha cha, or do those hip move thingies. But I'm not a dancer -- and really need to be instructed. Otherwise I feel like a dope, and it's just no fun to stand there feeling dumb.
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