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4/23/12 7:53 P

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I've been going to Zumba with two different instructors for a while now and I love them both!

The problem I have with all the "latin" talk is that you can latin dance to any song, regardless of whether or not it's in English or Spanish or any other language or where it's popular. My sister used to teach salsa and I've taken some salsa myself. You can dance the salsa to any song that's in 4/4 time. In fact, at one of their performances, her salsa group did a dance to Big & Rich's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" (which definitely isn't considered Latin or even Pop). As a student, I think the beat is what matters, not what style the song technically is considered. In my one class, LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" is one our favorites and we still do most of the standard Zumba moves to it. The fact that we know the song and it's a little ridiculous makes it more fun.

In fact, since I know how to dance the real basic salsa, sometimes I can't get my legs to do what the instructor at my other Zumba class is doing. A basic salsa step (for the lady) is the right foot goes back on count 1 and the left goes forward on count 5. Opposite for the guy. When she does the basic step but goes both feet to the front, I can't do it because my brain automatically wants to go to the standard basic salsa step.

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Tips for a beginner instructor? Play a variety of international rhythms (bollywood, middle eastern, african, etc) in addition to Latin and Pop. Learn how to cue both verbally and with gestures. No need to chatter the whole time, but enough to keep people checked in and following you. I'm an instuctor and I don't like the classes where the instructors just dance and never cue...like it's a performance.

Be sure to ask for feedback and keep people safe, especially between an intense set of songs (i.e., ask "How're we doing?" and encourage them to stay hydrated). Check out the crowd and work to their abilities, not yours.

Make sure people are breathing and not working above their fitness level. I like call and response songs as they encourage people to talk which means they're breathing in enough oxygen. A song like "Something for the DJ" by Pittbull and David Guetta where they clap or sing along with the chorus is good for that. Make eye contact and smile...it's supposed to be fun! I sing along when it's appropriate. And do an adequate warm up and cool down.

Hope that helps!

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I have been doing zumba for a year or so now.
I have few fave instructors I go to all the time
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I know some of the routine
I learn something new
I get a great workout
the crowd is so awesome

each class is pretty different ,but I love that variety

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I have been doing zumba for a couple of months now and really like it. We had a different instructor at our Wednesday class. I know I am used to our other instructor, but if this was our normal instructor, I would not like zumba. I could not keep up with this instructor, she was really high impact, told us we could modify steps of which sometimes I did and sometimes I didn't. I guess everyone develops their own style. Good luck.

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Being a lover of Zumba. I found that new instructors are working on their routine. I like it when the instructor shows/explains the routines before the actual workouts begins (during the warmup). Physical and vocal jesters help a great deal. I find it flustrating when the instructor is moving and I don't have a clue what is going on. Keep it fun

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I agree with all of the pointers from the previous poster, except one. Yes, you should have a large amount of music, but it would depend on the class participants as to how often the music should be changed. I'm finding that with my classes that repeating a playlist for 4-6 weeks works well. The people in my community are new to this type of dance and fitness program so they want to be able to learn the steps. If I would change things up every week, they would be frustrated and wouldn't come back. A good instructor needs to know what is best for the class as a whole. We have had a thread about this on the Zumba Instructors Team and it does vary because of what works for each class.

I totally agree with all of the other pointers!!!

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I am not a Zumba instructor, but I am an educator. I have a pretty solid background in Latin dance and I know a lot about Latin and world music. Some thoughts from the perspective of someone who has been taking classes for a while:

1. Instead of breaking down the steps each time, work on giving good cues (oral, physical) and be available to demonstrate and explain before and after class. Good teachers pay attention to what is going on behind/around them and circulate to demonstrate things that people are not getting. If you are doing something that NOBODY is able to follow, realize that it is probably too difficult or complex and adapt to your audience. You want to create routines that are within people’s grasp which push them to move just a bit beyond what they think that they can do.

2. Know the Latin dance basics/básicos and the basic steps as defined by Zumba. If you can build on those, you have lots to work with in creating a routine.

3. Please change the music! My instructors add a new song or two every time and have a playlist of songs and routines that is much longer than the allotted class time. If I went to a class where the instructor played the same music in the same order during every meeting, I would die of boredom. There is a ton of Latin and world music out there to choose from and so many genres to tap into—really, you should not run out. I am thinking that someone who doesn’t know about Latin music beyond a couple of compilation CDs probably should not be teaching Zumba.

4. Think about how you are using the space in your classroom and don’t be afraid to try different arrangements to see what works best.

5. Don’t do a bunch of songs in a row that are stressful on one particular body part. My aching knee can’t take five hip-hop songs in a row with similar movements.

6. Please don’t pick every lousy American pop song from the last two years and throw that into one workout. If I wanted to listen to bad music in English, I would turn on top 40 radio!

7. Build some kind of feedback system into your teaching so that you can continue to improve. When instructors fail to do this, classes stagnate and students don’t stick with it.

8. Remember that it is not all about you. I know one teacher who seems to think that teaching Zumba is a vehicle for her to show off and look sexy…not really the point! If it gets people moving and is accessible, then it will be worth doing.

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GBELLOUS - thanks for the reply and congratulations on your new license! I agree - its hard to take over an existing class! However, even though Curves classes are only 30 mins, they're a whole different animal from a regular class. Most studios stack them back to back (so its a full 60 mins of Zumba regardless) and you're teaching in the middle of the crowd (instead of from the front of the room).

You have to navigate and turn yourself throughout the workout so you eventually face everyone in class - its called "Teaching in the Round" and you should be proficient enough with your choreography to be able to lead with both your right and left feet, in case you have a student that is struggling. I currently teach classes 3 days a week at Curves and alternate between 5 different music mixes with my students and its been an interesting yet super fun experience!

Definitely swing by and join the Zumba Instructors team - there's a few of us Curves instructors in there and we can definitely give you some more insight if you're interested!

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Hi I agree with REEKU731 in regards to the music mix. I went for my training on August 11, 2011 in Los Angeles with Gina Grant. Within 1 week I had an offer to take over some classes at my local YMCA. I just didn't feel ready for a couple of reasons. First off I only had about 3 songs choreographed at that point and secondly the current instructor is a professional dancer who loves hip hop. Her classes are large and she is well established with a large following. I didn't feel it would go well. One of the things they talked about in the training class was taking over an existing class and how it can be a challenge when the students are used to a certain style already! I am still working on songs everyday in between my busy schedule. I still go to Zumba classes every where to see how others teach. It is amazing to see how different they all are. One good tip I got from an instructor was to go to a Curves and start there since their classes are only 30 minutes instead of 1 hour.

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hello here!!!..Someone is going to Dallas 23th ... training???? Loving Zumba too!!

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ARLEAVITT... I think it depends on what type of floor your classroom has. I take classes at two different places. One has hardwood where any type of regular sneaker super-grips the floor. For that class I have these: http://www.zappos.com/bloch-boost-drt-mesh
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To LIVING4HIM_INWI... thank you so much for encouraging me to get certified. It's been in the back of my mind since I read it. On Wednesday night we had a sub for our class. I'm the only "bigger" girl in that class, and at the start of every song the instructor kept turning to me and personally telling me how I could modify the steps to make it easier. After my first week of Zumba I have NEVER had an issue keeping up. I was pissed! I keep up better than probably half the class. Finally I just realized, you're right! Why wait? I'm going to the Aug 28 B1 class in Tallahassee :)

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Hello!! I just registered for my training on June 24th and I'm totally and completely excited! I have been looking around for some tips to get ready to the training. I have been a dancer forever and I am only 22 years old but I am nervous about not being ready for all day training. Does anyone have things they would do differently prior to your Zumba training? I just bought Adidas Core 50 shoes online because of the good reviews from Zumba instructors. Does anyone have shoes that they would recommend for Zumba because I have been wearing running shoes and it is not cutting it! Thanks!

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It honestly depends on the gym. Most businesses are required to have liability insurance for their building - but some will also require independent insurance as well. I teach Zumba in the Circuit at Curves and their liability covers me as well, but I also have another studio that has insurance as well but suggests you get your own since I am technically an independent contractor on the site. It honestly depends on the location you teach at. You can always call around and see. As far as them covering the cost of your own independent insurance, that will be a negotiation between you and the site. I've always paid for mine on my own

Also, keep in mind that if you purchase your own insurance, it follows you (and is not location specific). So if you wanted to lead a Zumba class in a park on the weekends or something then you'll be covered there! I found it was worth the $100-ish a year to know that if I was asked to teach a class on the fly I'd be good

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@REEKU731: Do you know if gyms/sports clubs cover insurance if you employed through them?

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I am also a dual certified personal trainer, so I got my insurance through one of my certification websites but it was - it was $105 for the year for $2,000,000 in coverage for both my personal training clients & Zumba classes for any ages children through adults. The insurance can be cheaper when you have additional certifications, and not just the Zumba license. Think of it this way - the more education you have, the less of a liability you are.

I know that if you are a member of www.ideafit.com the group insurance is around $185 a year. Other sites I just found are around $144 a year. Also, if you're a ZIN member, there's discounts available through the Zumba site. Not sure of the annual fee, but it might be worth looking into! Getting additional certifications will really pay off (in cheaper insurance rates, etc). If you want additional information on that as well, just let me know!

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Reeku - Can I ask which insurance co. that you use? My insurance cost a lot more than that!

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Yeah - even with the waivers you want insurance. If you're proven "negligent" for any reason, the liability waivers won't stand up in court - so the insurance is definitely worth it. Mine is about $115 for a year, so its not too bad! Definitely check out when the next class is in your area - you wanna look for the Basic 1 class and its around $225-ish for the workshop I think

Keep us all posted on your progress!

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Thanks REEKU731! I want to get licensed to make sure I'm doing it properly. The insurance thing is good, but I was thinking of having everyone sign liability waivers just in case.

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DOLCEVITA256 - have you taken the Zumba Instructor licensing workshop yet? In order for you to teach the classes and use the Zumba name you must be a licensed instructor. If you're not, you can find upcoming workshops on the Zumba website under "instructor trainings"

Plus, even if you are teaching friends, you will want to make sure that you have liability insurance (which you can get after you're licensed) just in case something happens

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I want to teach Zumba at my private workplace gym to a small group of friends. Does anyone have suggestions? I'm pretty good at setting up my choreography and music and all that just from taking Zumba, but it would be nice to get some pointers from instructors out there doing it.

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I agree with LIVING4HIM_INWI - why not get your license now? I'm not 100% at my goal weight, but I love teaching my classes! Come join the instructor sparkteam!

In regards to income, it depends on what you want to do and how many classes you decide to take on. Some people only teach a few classes a week - which allows for enough income to support their ZumbaWear addiction. While others push and teach classes as often as they can. Depending on where you are hired to teach, the class rate/income may vary. Some locations I am teaching at a set rate per hour regardless of how many people attend, while other locations I'm paid based on the amount of students I have in the class.

I would love this to be a primary income source someday - so I am really pushing and teaching as many classes as I can now - exposure is key if you want to make a living off Zumba!

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I'm just getting started in the instructing end of it, so I can't really say about the income end. But I would think that would greatly depend on the community that you live in.

I want to encourage you to get your certificate before you reach your weight goal. Why wait? Instructors are all sizes, shapes, ages, and genders. It really is for everyone and you can be a great example to those taking classes that are overweight. Also, the earlier that you go through Basic 1 training, the earlier you can start practicing and getting great resources for putting together a great playlist. You want to have plenty of time to practice your songs before booking a job. There is a great new Spark Team for Zumba Fitness Instructors and those that want to be that you could join too. If you love Zumba and think that it is something that you want to do, don't wait very long. Go after your dreams and make it happen!

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I have fallen in love with Zumba, and my "reward" when I reach my weight loss goal is to get certified in Zumba (after getting certified in group fitness). Can anyone tell me if you can make a decent part time income from it, or do you consider it as even more incentive to get to the gym everyday? I'm just curious.

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I'll be at the Basic 1 in Biloxi on June 4th... anyone??

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is anyone going to the course on 30th july at christchurch in Uk?

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Hey LISETTELOVEBUG - sorry I didn't get back to this until today! So first of all, when I plan out my choreo at home, I make sure I dance it on carpet - that way I know what to expect when I do it in class. Next, make sure you're wearing cross trainers and not running shoes - the lack of tread will be MUCH nicer on your joints.

A big piece of duct/electrical tape along the ball of your foot can be a HUGE difference as well and allow for easier range of motion. However, my gym doesn't allow this (as its a liability), so instead we wear slip-ons on our feet while working out. They are great but sometimes they slide off. Other than that, instead of doing a lot of pivoting moves, perhaps change them to little hops just so you and your students aren't straining your joints trying to rotate on the carpet, does that make sense?

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Yes REEKU731, any hints you could give me would be great!!



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C-MERRIE11 - Yes, they will cover everything that you mentioned and more. Plus, I would say to ask your class what they like. But what it all comes down to is your style. If you are doing what makes you happy and you are within the guidelines, you will inspire others to join you and that is what it is all about. Not everyone can be the same and that is what makes Zumba great!

And I noticed the comment about dancing on carpet, yikes, couldn't that be a bit dangerous?

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LISETTELOVEBUG - I teach on carpet as well and it can be a pain! If you need any pointers, don't hesitate to ask!!! Have fun at your workshop!!! You're going to love it!

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Well less than a week to go until my Zumba instructor training... seems like I've been waiting FOREVER! lol. I'm really excited and cannot wait!! And then in two weeks I will be subbing for the first time. yay!! nervous, but I think it will be great experience. The worse part is they have carpet floors, so I have to go through my routines and make sure they work with the flooring.. iuugghhh..



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Hi! I'm new to the team :) I am currently working on my ACE certification and plan to go to Zumba instructor training in late May. I am so excited. Reading this thread has been very helpful. As wondering if people could say more about things that they really like about certain instructors and then things about class that are more annoying. Also, at the instructor training will they talk about gauging the ability level of your class? I do a lot of dance and would like to incorporate that- enough so that people feel like they are doing Zumba (after all, they are choosing not to run on a treadmill and are looking to be a bit dancey), but not so much that people get discouraged if it's too hard. Any wisdom from anyone from weathered certs to first-time class attendees is welcomed. :)

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This is a good thread to read through. I am getting excited and trying to fill up with as many facts as possible before training a week from today! I should be doing other things, but cannot get my mind off Zumba! I am also at that hormone changing stage and I know my biggest hurdle will be remembering the routines. I can follow and learn new things pretty quickly but to know it well enough to lead will take some studying. My instructor for my local class will practice with me and let me lead as many as I want of the current classes, which is great. Then in June I will start my own!

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It may depend on your comfort level with teaching/leading in general, as well as fitness level. I'm going to get trained in May and am hoping my memory can hold up! As far as feeling secure about everyone's safety, perhaps you need to look at the facility where the class will be (is it a fitness club with other trained staff?).

This is a good question as I'm new to this too and need to learn about this aspect. Hope others will share their thoughts and ideas!

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Hi all, Im new to this site. I started Zumba in Jan this year and was addicted to it from the first class! I attend 4 classes a week and love it. Its like taking a wee happy pill!
So Ive booked the instructors course and its finally arrived! Am doing it on Sat (16 Apr) Am quite nervous but mostly excited! I am leading a dance in my instructors class on Easter Monday and am very, very nervous about that! And Ive just booked my first aid course too!
Question - do you really think a one day course is enough to then be running classs (not from a fitness background) or do you think I should look at doing ETM course?????? My instructor has been teaching me all about warm up and stretching etc so that I can do all that properly,but still a bit worried!

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Thanks for this helpful conversation. Just yesterday I signed up for a May workshop. I'll turn 45 next month and hope my feeble hormone-blown memory will function well enough to remember routines.

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No - you just set up a general account online, but it has nothing to do with ZIN. You'll be asked if you want to sign up for ZIN when you go to your workshop (which I highly recommend you do - its totally worth it!)

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Ready for my workshop April 23..... the rest were sold out !!..so i didn't want to miss something!! emoticon
I want to know something.. when you paid the workshop by the web, you sign up an account in the website . .that account doesn't have nothing to do with the ZIN stuff, right??? because i don't want them get my card for that yet, till i get the job where they motivate me do the class. so in confused if i made something wrong having that account in zumba.com.

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I just read through this thread. There is a lot of great information here. Thank you for sharing!!!

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excellent.. !! i love to make choreography lol..


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Well the leaders somehow surfaced on their own :) They were obviously not designated by anyone :D So the more active you are, the more input you'll give. HAVE FUN!

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COOL.. and each group had some leader or what?? I'm so excited already .. lol.. i cant wait. i love 2 dance.. and this is a good way to lose weight having fun!!

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The Workshop was FUN !!! It started from a MasterClass. Then it was alternating from Theory to Practice all the time: Steps, variations, structure of the class, structure of the song. And at the end we were split up into 4 groups where each group had to choreograph their part of a particular song. Everyone passed. But I guess the last bit is the most important one, to see who is capable of coming up with choreography really and listening carefully to the music. You'll enjoy it. Then when you start preparing yourself, you'll realize how much preparation actually it involves. 10 times as much as aerobics class does. Maaaaaaa. I was practicing every day and still messed it up on the day. But the good things, most of the students would not even realize. Now listening to my music everytime I drive, so I learn it by heart :D

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Ossamut conGRATULATIONS .. reall..! I wish to have my 1st class too..but I have to wait my workshop. Can you tell me how was the workshop? I mean what did you do there? Dancing or just talking ,some people no get the certificated?
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So, I had the workshop in Bologna on the 20th of February and it was an absolute blast. The instructor was just GREAT, full of energy, funky, edgy, really cool! The people were amazing! Here! finally! Now I know what real Zumba is... The last part of team preparation was real FUN too, although we got the most difficult part of ending and heard it only a few times compared to other groups.

So, on the 26th I had my first ZUMBA class. Yes, I know I am crazy. I was taking the slot that someone else has dropped before me...So I rushed. I had no idea really beforehand how much effort it will require and how mind-blowing it will be to remember all the choreography at once. I started with 10 songs, some of the choreography I came up with myself, other I tool from YouTube either completely as it was or modified. Trembling and shaking I went to my first class, with the cheat-sheet and the pile of papers with choreography of each song. I have shown the steps before I pressed the PLAY button, considering many people have never tried before. It worked out fine. And people were happy. I hope they keep on coming. Will keep you posted :D
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As a Zumba class taker I would like to say, I like "Waka Waka" and "lIvin' la vida loca" I really don't think it has to be totally latin flavor, just has to have a good beat!!! The better the beat the more I am into the workout!!! Just saying my two cents worth!!

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thanks :) Well local gyms are not so strict about it...Besides I have OCR level 2 certificate in ETM.

I though licencing session is some kind of an audit or something :D

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In regards to the "certify" vs "licensing" conversation - this is taken from the FAQs portion of the Zumba Website. Basically you are able to teach Zumba, but that doesn't mean you'll be allowed to run group fitness classes for some gyms due to limitations, liabilities and requirements of instructors at specific facilities. Maybe this will help clarify a few things:

Some fitness facilities require their instructors to have a general group exercise certification. The Zumba program is considered a specialty class, just as Spinning® or Tae Bo® are specialty areas. Ask your local fitness facility what requirements they may have in order for you to teach at their facility. You can always obtain a Zumba certificate first, then obtain a general certification. Some facilities may allow you to start teaching a Zumba class as long as you are a licensed Zumba Instructor and have evidence of a general certification in the works. Please consult your local facility for their requirements. Two highly recognized certifications are ACE and AFAA.

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Zumba does not "certify" instructors (indicates a test) - you are "licensed" after you take the workshop.

There's a lot of discussion of crossover music. I think if you question how "latin" it is, you can count it either way, but if it's something "americans" will know, I'll count it as 30%.

YOU as the instructor - I think - start the fire, although music is VERY important, I think choosing music (latin or otherwise) that you love enough for your passion to pour out IS very important. :)

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//They'll review this a lot in your licensing class as well!

What is licencing class? Is it going to happen during the BASICS workshop or is it some kind of audit? :)



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I didnt say all of it is BORING :) of course not :) In fact I got hold of Zumba Hits double CD and I love most of it. But for example Waka Waka or Living La Vida Loca? How latin are they?

What I meant is finding a music that starts the fire inside people is in my opinion a bit more important than sticking to some strict formulas. But bear with me please, as my workshop is still coming up this weekend and I have not joined ZIN yet :)

By the way, regarding ZIN. Are you entitled to the materials that are coming out only after you've joined or to archive as well?

Thanks :)

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If you think latin music is boring, you have a lot more latin music to listen to! :) Join ZIN and you'll get a lot of great routines.

If you don't stick to the 70/30 rule you will be doing a dis-service to Zumba. If you want to apply the Zumba principles to a class and call it Dance aerobics or something, by all means, but don't call it Zumba. It is against the ZIN agreement.

But I think perhaps you just haven't heard the RIGHT latin or international flavor for your personality yet. In fact, I'm sure of it! I run 70/30 and I have classes ranging from 70-125 people currently, so it can't be that boring! :)

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Wow, just came back from work! Thanks so much about all of your feedback. I was just worried that actually will go crazy if I have to come with new choreograhy often. For aerobics, somehow it's easier, it comes very quickly and i can mentally do it while drving. But with Zumba, the concept of intro-verse-chorus is quit new to me... So really have to choose the music and start mapping out.

With regards to the music, how strict is 70/30 rule? I mean I've been to classes with Latin music, but maaaan, sometimes its so boring... On th other hand if you have a song with the beat which just drives you crazy and makes you dance like mad, isnt that a real party and fun+ workout as well

The instructors that I've been to show main moves before they play button, i think it benefits the audience, as they refresh it in the memory of what's cming, Besides its vital for new comers. Otherwise you might feel lost and dont work out at all...

Have seen may videos on YouTube, added like 70 to my playlist. The main component is the personality of the instructor. The moves might not be perfect, but if he or she is just mad and loving it, its so inspiring...

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The 70/30 reference that others keep making is in regard to the type of music that is selected. At least 70% of the music has to have roots in latin rhythms (preferably the Zumba licensed material) - the remaining 30% (usually used for warm up and cool down) can be anything you want as long as it follows the Zumba formula.

If you've ever been to a "Zumba" class that plays 90% Black Eyed Peas, Usher and other pop songs (even if they seem latin based like Enrique Iglesias) - then its not technically a Zumba class. This also displays the difference between "good' and "bad" Zumba

They'll review this a lot in your licensing class as well!

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DVDs - I would recommend any of the DVDs that Zumba has put out but the more recent, the better it is!

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it's what makes Zumba so easy to follow and not another dance aerobics class.

the part that is most important is that the chorus movement matches the chorus movement, and the verse movement matches the next verse movement, and so on.

kind of hard to explain. hope that makes sense.

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What is the Zumba formula? And can you recommend any Zumba DVDs? Our instructor called in sick Monday, and I was really disappointed. And I'd like to be able to do some at home on weekends. I'm going to be in a wedding in July where we are going to be dancing down the aisle, and I'd like to use some Zumba moves. (I think I've already mentioned this in other threads; sorry if I'm repeating myself.)

I'm 63 years old, and Zumba makes me feel young and alive and - yes - sexy!

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"Good" Zumba in terms of a video online (which is not supposed to be there anyway) is when a song is taught using the Zumba formula. This is explained at the workshops.

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If you do decide to break down steps at all (at most I've only ever done one in one class) consider doing it before you push play. That way your party doesn't have to be interrupted with tutorials.

It is definitely important for your students to feel confident in the steps. But for me personally, my preference is that if it's too hard to just do in class, in most cases, it is too hard to do in my class. Because it is Zumba, not a dance class.

I don't think I ever answered your question about song rotation. Definitely watch out for your 70/30 splits, and your warm up and cool down songs - from my 2 years experience and reading on the forum - IS included with that 70/30 breakdown. Anyway...I actually surveyed my classes and gave them 3 options, 1 new song every week, 1 new song every 2 weeks, 1 new song every 3 weeks - I surveyed about 150 people overall, and only a handful said every week, most said 2-3 weeks, but the most came at 3 weeks. We get tired of our playlist way faster than they do!

Good luck!!!

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Please tell me what exactly is "good" Zumba? I really enjoy doing it, but I kind of jumped into it, and I'd like to know what to look for and how to get the best experience.

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I don't break up every step, but if it's one that's a bit confusing, that 60 second tutorial makes a lot of people feel better. When I took class with Beto at the convention, he did more of that than I had expected, and it really makes for a better workout. When people stand around doing too much head-scratching, they aren't really doing much dancing. When I choreograph, I keep most of the moves simple enough to make the need for review minimal--songs with a trickier step are spaced a few apart, so we can run continuously for a stretch before stopping for those few moments. I change out a song or two or three at a time, so the playlist is in constant evolution but has some of the old favorites in there. And sometimes the rotation out is to make room for bringing back an even older favorite for a while. I like a good variety in there too, so when I make up a playlist I usually scratch down the styles I want and in what order, i.e. mambo then to reggaeton then to samba to belly or whatever, and I fill in which mambo or samba or whatever I want to use. Helps to avoid that heavy-on-the-hip-hop syndrome that I've experienced in some classes. I've enjoyed every class I've ever taken, but we've all seen that too much of a good thing situation before. Take from as many different instructors as you can, and you get lots of awesome ideas.

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Also, in answer to your other questions, I'll change up the songs occasionally - but I also know which ones are my classes favorite so I will keep those in the playlist as well. When I introduce a new song, its usually only 1 or 2 at a time (due to some of the reasons I've listed in the post below). However, I also lead the Zumba in the Circuit class at Curves and find that the women there are better at following my steps & non-verbal queues than some of my regular Zumba classes. Just remember - Every instructor is different and every class is different.

I teach multiple classes and sometimes they are quick to pick up the moves and sometimes they struggle a little bit - its your job to keep your energy up and make sure everyone is having fun & staying safe - regardless of the step they are doing.

Hope this helps!

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I understand that most Zumba instructors do not break down the steps prior to beginning a new song, but I've found that this can be detrimental to my students sometimes if I don't. If they get lost, I have some people that will get frustrated, break down and stop having a good time for the remainder of the workout (because they're upset that they couldn't get it right). So for these classes, I personally take about 2 mins to review the harder steps of the upcoming songs just to help them out a little bit (but I won't bother to review the easier ones or the ones I know they are capable of doing already) while the other students grab water, etc. It helps maintain a postitive environment within my classes and ensures everyone is confident. I will only do this once though, and after that I lead the class without stopping.

I agree with the prior poster - not all YouTube Zumba is "good" Zumba, so be careful. I use it for inspiration for my warm ups, but only if I need it. Otherwise I'll stick with most of the choreography that I learned in my workshop & that I get from my ZIN material.

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As for tips, they will teach you everything at the workshop. Have fun! It's a blast!

Be careful on the youtube. Not all of it is "good" Zumba.

Zumba teaches their instructors NOT to break down the steps, because that takes away from the party mood. However, he or she should show the step in a very basic form first as well as cue with hand signals for direction. The trouble is that many good dancers think they will be good instructors without learning how to TEACH. Big difference. Lots to learn! So, my advice as a person heading into a training is learn all you can, and never stop. :)



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2/15/11 6:37 P

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I think it would help me. here is a video I found on You Tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsSrq3HBa
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maybe it's a little too basic, but I think it would help to start with simple steps and speed up like this instructor does.

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2/15/11 6:23 P

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Hi Linda, thanks for the reply. Yes, happends often with many instructors. If the instructor would have to do same step slowly first few times and then increase the speed, would it do the trick? Olena

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I like my Zumba instructor, she's really sweet, but I kind of wish she would show some of the steps before starting the songs. She just does the dancing and we follow along. I don't know, is that what they all do? I am learning, and maybe it's just me, because I feel self-conscioius when I can't do the steps at first. But I do love doing it.

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Hi, I am Olena. I teach latin aerobics, kick aerobics and toning classes. My new target is ZUMBA! Doing the course this weekend! Found LOOTS of inspiration on YouTube and have looooots of ideas :)) Getting excited already :)

I am just preparing mentally and choreography wise to become a Zumba Instructor. Was wondering from your experience, how often do instructors change their tracks and choreography? Do they instroduce one new song/choreography at a time or change the whole training at once? Would be glad to hear about your experience. Olena

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