Holy cow…did I have a busy weekend! I spent all day Saturday & Sunday at the Studio Fitness with some of the BEST ZES (ZUMBA Education Specialists) around! I was literally recovering fo the past couple of days. BUT, wanted to make sure I got a chance to tell you all what ZUMBA instructor training is like!
I had already completed the Basic 1 training. That’s where you learn the 4 basic movements in ZUMBA: meringue, Salsa, Cumbia & Reggaeton (similar to hip hop). I did that back in Sept.2009, so I’ve been teaching for a while now. I did my original training with Lindsey Taylor…who was AMAZING! I loved every minute of it! Here she is. This week she was on the local ABC station in Colorado, promoting ZUMBA.
If anyone who’s in any of my classes knows the PAUSE song we do in class, by Pitbull…she’s the brunette in the video. WAY COOL! :D If you feel like watching it, here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4jfNhXjEdg The guy in the video is Beto, the founder of ZUMBA!
Then in November of 2010, I did my ZUMBA Gold training at the ZUMBA Studio in Ohio with Doug & Joan. ZUMBA Gold is a combination of training styles, but basically I can teach ZUMBA to people going through any kind of physical recovery, senior citizens, and people who are wheel chair bound. Was a ton of fun, not nearly as high impact, but it was a good chance to work on solid technique. I have instructed those in wheel chairs. It’s a very rewarding experience & I learned something new every time. Here’s a link to the Studio in case you wanted to check out more info: http://www.thestudiofit.com/
Here’s Doug & Joan (right) with Marcie & DeeJay Francis (left)
This Saturday was ZUMBA Instructor training for ZUMBATOMIC! That means I am now licensed to teach ZUMBA for kids ages 4-12! :) Marci Gill was our ZES….she came up from Miami, FL to spend the weekend with us here in Ohio. I was really looking forward to this training. I was honestly not sure what to expect for this training. Working with kids can be challenging, but I didn’t know what the geniuses at the home office had come up with. The ZUMBATOMIC program is awesome! They accounted for children at varying levels of physical development. We break them up into 2 groups; 4-8 & 8-12. That makes it convenient for the Zumba instructor, so we can focus on hand-eye coordination at different age groups. It was so much fun! We got to pretend we were 5 year olds for part of the day & run around like “pengeinos”. HAD A BLAST! And it was pretty cool that some of my Zumba instructor friends were in class with me! (Hi Liza & Andrea!) :) As always we started the day with one of the most amazing master Classes EVER! It was so awesome getting pulled up on stage by Marcie…I was right there with her & next to the DeeJay…floating on cloud 9! Beto’s personal DeeJay was there the entire weekend! DeeJay Francis….words don’t accurately describe how awesome he was!!! Here’s a picture of DeeJay Francis, me & Marcie (so sorry it’s not better quality…stupid “smart” phone).
On Sunday…bright & early….we returned for ZUMBA Basics 2. It’s very similar to Basic 1, except we focused on different rhythms that are more advanced. To my ZUMBA students…this is your one & only warning! We again started with an amazing master class from Marcie (our ZES) with our own personal DeeJay..thanks to DeeJay Francis! We focused a lot on Flamenco, Samba, belly dance & some more Raggaeton. LOVE the reggaeton! :D I was super excited to get to work on my Samba….I think it’s my weakest move…NOT ANY MORE! HA! I also got to meet a bunch of really cool people! (Hi Frank!) There was one part of the training where we had to get into groups & choreograph a belly dance song as a group. Needless to say, we called ourselves “5 Chicks & Frank”. It was so much fun!
I know I have said this before. I firmly believe everyone should find what moves them & go for it! I wish I had found ZUMBA earlier…granted it only 10 years old…but I missed out on the 1st 8 years. I love dance & ZUMBA allows me to keep dancing & teach it to other people! I couldn’t be happier. I’ve had many of moms tell me that their ZUMBA hour is theirs & that time is what they give as a gift to themselves. I’m so glad to be a part of that! Even on my worst day, ZUMBA makes the difference! Can ya tell I love ZUMBA??? :)
For more information on the different ZUMBA classes/styles, go to: http://www.zumba.com/en-US/about/
You can always find an instructor there or a class near you!
If anyone has any questions about how to get licenced, just post a comment & I’ll help as much as possible!
Hope, Peace & ZUMBA Love,