What an exciting time for you!
First, just an FYI, although you will get a certificate, you will want to refer to yourself as a LICENSED Zumba Instructor. Certified indicates you took a test and Zumba does not certify anyone at this time. :) Everyone says that at first...LOL.
Anyway, regarding your questions...personally I would give myself at least a month to prepare. You'll need 70% latin or international music, and you'll need to know your music and steps SO much you are nearly sick of them. You will need to learn cueing (your hand signals) which is really the tough part usually for new instructors. Keep it simple. Directional changes, cue ahead of time - not as you do the changes. Great energy, clear cues, and your passion shining through will make your classes love your classes! This is possible when you KNOW your music and routines very well. It is helpful to start with routines you already did in whatever classes you have been taking, at least borrow a few, if you can!
Changing one song at a time, that is a good plan. Most classes get new people all the time, so you'll always want to be ready to teach every song to the new people, but I would leave the playlist go for 3-4 weeks to begin. That is a great plan!
Take several changes of clothes to your training, pack lunch and healthy snacks, lots of water, and get lots of sleep the night before....and MOST important is to HAVE A BLAST!
Good luck and keep us posted!!! :) Sandy
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