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4/27/11 10:23 A

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had my very first class last night! it was harder to follow what the instructor was doing, so i caught her basic move and did more of a dance than following her exactly (as others have said) because she and i did not have the same rhythm :D

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ALAYE22's Photo ALAYE22 Posts: 594
4/20/11 8:14 A

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when i first started i also had difficulty... but the more you do it the more you will get the moves and they will become 2nd nature! good luck :)

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3/22/11 8:36 P

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In the middle of my class yesterday (about 40 students) I went blank on a song could not remember the moves I simply started the song over apologized for the "senior moment" and continued on it did come back to me. I have been teaching for about 7 weeks twice a week and this had never happened to me. One of my students said he was glad this showed I was still human and made them feel not so bad for not remembering all the moves.

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RAEANNE84's Photo RAEANNE84 Posts: 147
1/5/11 4:26 P

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I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who has difficulty. I tried a video today that was a dance work out and it had a lot of Salsa and Latin dances. I was so excited to try it for the first time but I was very discouraged when I had difficulty with quite a few of the parts. It was a great suggestion to only start with the feet movements and then to add the arm movements because the arm movements messed me up. I will continue. Thanks for being honest. I am not the only one that is rhythmically disabled. LOL

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12/6/10 10:10 P

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I felt the same way the first week. I'm on week 7 now and over time I've caught on to most of the routines. Of course they throw in a new one here and there, but that keeps it fresh! I still miss steps sometimes but the biggest thing is to keep moving & keep your heart rate up. You can modify everything to meet your fitness level. Love Zumba!

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THESANEONE's Photo THESANEONE Posts: 1,223
12/1/10 7:37 P

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I teach three classes a week and still mess up sometimes, I just laugh. No one holds it against me.In fact, they see I'm "normal".

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12/1/10 3:12 P

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I started going to Zumba in January and it took a long time to get the moves down! I stopped going to that class in July and started up with a different instructor last month. (Still FUN!!) I got frustrated at first until I realized that it would probably take at least 3-4 classes with the same instructor to catch on.

Also-the arm moves ALWAYS mess me up! I do my own thing while trying to get my feet right.

And it's completely true about everyone being focused on themselves-trust me-NOBODY is pointing and laughing at you except for you! (I'm always laughing at me!!) I have brought friends that were totally new to Zumba and they also have a blast!

I also love to flail around during the harder songs and think of everything that has stressed me out that day!

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PSCHEP's Photo PSCHEP Posts: 736
11/28/10 4:04 P

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I agree with Catbelly. Just move. I don't do the moves exactly right, but I sure have a good time and have a great work out. I actually have to LOL at myself for the moves I end up doing. We have a wonderful instructor who explains we all have our own style and to not get too caught up "doing it right". Just keep on dancing!

"and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:26


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CATBELLY's Photo CATBELLY Posts: 55
11/28/10 11:34 A

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All really really good advice. I just jumped right into a class and tried to do SOMETHING. It wasn't too bad but each week it gets easier and easier. THe important thing I found is that everyone is so focused on getting it right for them that they aren't looking at you. We do ours at a firehall so there aren't mirrors and I thing that helps - not too intimidating watching everyone else.

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11/23/10 10:31 P

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If you ask the instructor after class she may show you how to do a few of the steps if she has time or anyone else who has been to class several times. The more you go the easier it will get. Most moves are similar from routine to routine each month. The same dance moves but in different orders w/ different music.

Get the feet first then add the arms. I've been going off and on for 3 years and sometimes my arms just don't want to work quite right but no one cares if you're having fun ! Many in our class are older and just moving and having fun !

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11/21/10 2:51 P

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I just try to get the footwork first and then add the arms. I do have to stop and just go through it slowly and not try to keep up sometimes. I agree with the person who said youtube it and watch them do the moves slowly. It does help. It can be hard (especially for us people who don't just naturally click, ya know, lol) but I promise it gets easier and you will enjoy it! Don't get frustrated because its hard for most people at first but its just so much fun and such a great workout that you keep coming back and before you know it, you know the moves and just can hang out and do it!

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11/19/10 12:00 P

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Great idea.

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11/19/10 11:57 A

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Something that helped me was looking up information on the basic steps on youtube. Like "how to salsa" will turn up lots of instructional videos on the basic salsa steps. I practiced along with those at home, so that when I got to class I had a basic idea of what I was trying to do! :D

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11/1/10 8:36 A

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Right. Ask the teacher for a bit of instruction. It can only help. And as you lose, I promise you you'll be able to make it through the class. You'll still be all wet at the end, and that's a good thing. As you become comfortable with the steps, really try to "dance" them and perform for yourself. It makes it even more fun (for me).

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10/31/10 6:54 P

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I think my "age" is trying to catch up to me but I'm trying to stay ahead... LOL. I seem to run out of energy before the class is over which means I too am struggling with the steps. Practice makes perfect, right?

"The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but to he that endureth til the end "~aesop


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9/17/10 1:14 P

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Additionally, focus on footwork first. After you've mastered that the knees and hips will start to get going in the right direction and then the torso and arms. It's a process. Stick with it alot, it's so much fun and doesn't feel like excersise. You could ask the teacher for a bit more instruction but it may have to happen at a different time. Even though I am a dancer, I started Zumba last year this time of year and became certified in January. I was going to class several times a week for a while before I began teaching. And like the previous lady said, just have fun and keep moving. Listen to the music it will help clue you into the moves.

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WW gave me the tools and Zumba gave me the motivation and confidence to keep going. I'm happy with who I am now.






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9/17/10 11:28 A

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I do have trouble when the routine changes. It takes me a couple of times to get it right. But the basic steps I know well enough. If your instructor is just giving quick demos than she must feel as my instructor does. Which is just have fun...dance you butt off...burn calories while smiling!

I do agree with you that having a run before probably hinder your focus. Due to exhaustion. Zumba is a fast pace cardio workout. Unlike a yoga or pilates class. Good luck!

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9/17/10 10:57 A

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I have the DVD's and some of the moves are a little difficult to pick up at first, but just keep at it. You will get it. One thing I have read and noticed, if you are not getting the moves right away, try a scaled-down version if you can and just keep moving your body..."It's what moves you".

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Keep at it for at least 3-4 classes, preferably in the same time slot. :) You'll get it. Salsa and cha cha are not the easiest moves to pick up in your very first class! :)

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9/17/10 10:46 A

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I had my first class last night. I made the mistake of running first, so was already tired! Didn't have an clue what to expect. I'm not a dancer. At all. And I can't simply whip out a cha cha or a salsa. So I'm struggling to keep up and she doesn't really do anything but a super quick demo, if that, and I apparently need time to catch the moves. I guess as long as I'm moving we're good.. but I dunno, I want to do it right!

Does anyone else struggle with this? Do you catch on??

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