5 Helpful Tips for New Zumba Instructors

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A career as a Zumba instructor can be exciting and rewarding! At the same time it can also be overwhelming, especially when you’re preparing to teach your first class! One of the many benefits of teaching Zumba is that you, as the instructor, have the ability to decide how and what moves you want to use, whether it be aerobics, kickboxing, etc. and you have the option to create engaging routines. You have the ability to change things up on the fly and use a variety of moves that are easy to modify to participants’ abilities. Here are a few helpful tips to utilize as a new Zumba instructor:

Tip #1: Educate yourself well on Zumba practices

Before you begin your career as a Zumba instructor, there are a few practices you need to be very familiar with, educate yourself on and complete. Here is a list of what you need to do before you can begin teaching Zumba:

  • Attend a Zumba training course;

  • Get a Zumba teaching license;

  • Need to be 18 years or older; and

  • Know the particulars on when and where to renew your Zumba teaching license

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Tip #2: Choose & know the music

Choosing the right and best Zumba music to use while teaching your class will allow you to feel confident and prepared. Pick a playlist of awesome songs and learn your routine backwards and forwards, until you can do it in your sleep! It can be a challenge picking the right music that has the right beat, tempo and will motivate participants. Here are some ideas of songs you can use:

  • La Bicicleta by Shakira & Carlos Vives: This has been rated as one of the most addictive Zumba songs! The more you and your class listen to it, the more you’ll want to dance to it! This is a great pre or mid Zumba song;

  • Limbo by Daddy Yankee: This is another great song to create a Zumba routine to, especially with its’ energetic and upbeat rhythm, this song is a must for your routine;

  • Moviendo Caderas by Yandel: If you want to incorporate a motivational song into your Zumba routine to get your class moving and feeling inspired then this is the song for your class! So get moving; and

  • Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber: This is a song that everyone knows and dances to and it is currently a popular Zumba song!

Tip #3: Keep the routine simple

After choosing your songs you’re going to use during your routine, create a routine for each song and practice, practice, practice! Keep the moves simple so your class has the ability to learn each step and set of moves. Keep the choreography to each dance simple makes it easier on yourself. Here are some ideas on how to create a simple Zumba routine:

  • Choose 4-6 songs for your first couple classes;

  • Look online for examples of choreographed Zumba routines, this will help you figure out which part of the routines you like and help you in developing your own; and

  • Keep the routine simple; don’t try to incorporate fancy footwork or moves until you feel comfortable; and The more you teach and the more comfortable you will feel with the music and moves, eventually you can create more challenging Zumba routines.

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Tip #4: Dress the part  

Like every other fitness trend, Zumba has it own attire. As a new Zumba instructor you don’t need to invest in proper Zumba clothing or dress a specific way, but here are some suggestions on how to dress if you’re going to teach Zumba:

  • Dress in comfortable, sweat-proof clothing that are easy to move in and brightly coloured, so you are visible to your class; and

  • Wear shoes that are non-slip, comfortable and supportive

Tip #5: Teach with confidence

Whether your teaching to a class of beginners or a class who have been practicing Zumba for years, make sure everyone feels welcome. Here are some other tips for teaching:

  • Watch your class to see who needs some extra assistance learning the steps;

  • Make sure to encourage all of your students not just the ones in the front of the class;

  • Embellish your Zumba cues so everyone can see them;

  • Keep calm under pressure. Remember mistakes will happen, like the music may not start. Remind yourself you are new to teaching Zumba so don’t be hard on yourself; and

  • It is always helpful to have a few moves that you are good at and can fit into the rhythm of your songs that you can fall back on if your forget a move or get out of sync.  This can help keep your confidence up; and

  • Learning from any mistakes will help you improve your routine for the next class!

Remember, Zumba is a fun way to exercise! Don’t take yourself too seriously, remember to smile and have a positive attitude! If you’re having fun, this will help your students to have fun!!!