Class Basics: Zumba

Zumba is a cardio dance work out, often referred to as a “dance fitness party." The class instructor will lead you in Latin-inspired dance steps choreographed to music, but you’re free to add your own personal style.

Three Key Things to Remember

1. You don’t have to be a good dancer. As long as you’re moving, you’re doing it right. While you’ll learn the proper dance steps over time, Zumba leaves room for interpretation. You don’t have to move exactly like the instructor if your body is feeling something different.

2. The moves will get easier the more you go to class. Each hour long class is broken down by song, and each song will have a different dance routine. Many dance moves are repeated throughout the routines, so you’ll learn by repetition, and the steps will start coming easier to you after a few classes. Don’t worry about getting the steps right the first time, or even the second, third or fourth time. Just go, move and have fun.

3. Bring your personality and express yourself. There will be all levels of dance talent in the room. Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re all there for the same reason - to get a good workout.

Common Zumba Movements

There are four basic Zumba steps that incorporate a cardiovascular workout with interval training and strength movements to build endurance and maximize calorie burn:

1. Salsa
The “hot and spicy” Salsa dance is characterized by a series of hip movements.

2. Merengue
Merengue dance is characterized by a series of side steps. It can either be beautifully simple or quick and energizing.

3. Reggaeton
Simply put, Reggaeton is Latin hip-hop.

4. Cumbia
Cumbia is commonly referred to as the mother of all Latin music. The dance is often performed in a circular pattern.

What to Bring to Zumba

You’ll be having so much fun dancing, that you won’t realize how much you’ve sweat until each song ends. Be sure to bring a towel to dry off and a bottle of water so you can rehydrate between dances.

What to Wear to Zumba

Your body and your feet will be moving a lot, so comfort is priority. Wear moisture wicking clothes that you are free to move around in and dance shoes or sneakers. Because Zumba classes include a lot of pivoting and turning, it’s better to wear a well-worn-in shoe instead of something with too much tread.

Check out our class schedule. We look forward to seeing you at the next Zumba class.