Zumba is a new fitness dance class that combines Latin music and dance steps. To take advantage of the popularity and become a Zumba instructor, you must attend a Zumba Basic or Zumba Gold instructor training and earn a certification. A background in dancing or fitness is recommended but not necessary. Once certified, you may begin teaching classes, but it takes more than a certification to make the best instructor.
Build your endurance by doing Zumba and other aerobic and strengthening exercises. You will need to have a high fitness level to be able to perform the choreography while helping your students. Teaching takes more endurance than participating in a class.
Obtain private instructor insurance to protect yourself in case someone gets hurt in your class. Contact your insurance company or fitness facility to discuss options. You can also connect with fitness associations like the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America or the American Council on Exercise to purchase affordable coverage.
Acquire a license to play music publicly. Fitness facilities may already have a license, but a personal one may also be purchased. Contact a music licensing business such as Broadcast Music, Inc., or the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers or to obtain a license.
Have your students sign a waiver saying they do not hold you accountable for any injuries. This can be accomplished with a class sign-in sheet.
Find a niche to set yourself apart from other instructors. Get additional certifications like Zumba Gold, which enables you to make modifications for low-impact routines, or ZumbAtomic, which allows you to teach children. Or try offering high-demand time slots like early morning or late evening.
Keep music and choreography fresh. Learn the new routines sent to you by the Zumba Instructor Network each month. During classes, verbally instruct your students in the new steps.
Teach to your audience. If your class is mostly conservative, keep the bootie shaking to a minimum. Offer modifications for all fitness levels and never ask your students to do something you are not comfortable doing yourself.
Be honest about what you don't know. Your Zumba instructor certification qualifies you to teach Zumba, not design a weight-lifting program, prescribe a diet or treat an injury. Send people to other professionals who can help your students.
- Jennifer Richardson; Certified Zumba Instructor; El Paso, Texas
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