I agree with everything posted so far!
There's nothing that will prepare yuo for teaching more than PRACTICE, PRACTICE,PRACTICE!!!
You really must know your routines inside and out before you get up in front of others. There's a big difference between "knowing" your routines at home in your living room and KNOWING them when you're up front and all eyes are on you!! Not to make you nervous or anything--I just want you to know how it felt for ME! I'm naturally a little nervous when in front of others, so when I lead my first Zumba classes, I sometimes "blanked out" and forgot the steps--except for the ones I did so often that my body just started moving of its own accord when the music started! LOL! That's now my standard for how prepared I am to lead a song in my classes--does my body do it even if my mind isn't fully engaged?
Now, if you're comfortable with being up front, leading others, able to "wing it" or improvise--then disregard my advice!! Some people can actually carry it off. But, the majority of us can't, especially when we are just beginning.
As mentioned below, there are MANY ways to "practice" and prepare, besides actually dancing with your DVD. As everyone has said, LISTEN to your music!! And let me add--don't just listen aimlessly (as I often do)--but visualize the steps for each part of the song. Some people find jotting a few choreo notes to be helpful. I actually used a "cheat sheet" with choreo notes when I did my first few classes! Nobody seemed to mind, since they knew i was a beginner (and so were they).
Investing in an inexpensive DVD player might be a good idea if you don't always have access to your laptop. I often watch the choreo DVDs while getting ready in the morning, cooking dinner, etc. Even when I don't do the moves, I learn which moves go with each part of the song.
Finally, you should practice the moves over and over until your muscle memory takes hold. You can do this in the shower (carefully!!), in your car (upper body moves--at stoplights!!), do a few steps while getting dressed, while waiting for water to boil, etc! You can find little bits of time throughout your day.
I also recommend doing your whole class in front of a few friends or family to get the feel of leading others, and get their feedback. What would make it easier to follow? which moves worked and which didn't, etc.
Good luck!! You will do fine if you put in the effort!
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