“A dream is a wish your heart makes.”
We all have dreams in life. Some were not meant to be for me, but others were very attainable, such as becoming a Zumba Instructor! Here is a quick outline of my journey with my tips!
- My Zumba Instructor offered her discount code for the certification. This took it down from $220 to $157.50. Also, the prices go up closer to the dates, so the earlier you register, the better. If you take a class, ask your Instructor if he/she has a discount you can use!
- If you don’t know if the place you want to teach at is hiring, get the certification anyway! The place I go seems to always be hiring, and even if they weren’t, substitute teachers are generally always needed, and that is also a great way to start.
- I live in a small town, so the nearest certification place was a few hours away to drive.
- It’s a full day of training, 8 hours! It was one of the most physically demanding days of my life, but also one of the most fun. It included 2 Master Classes with VERY short breaks. Since I’m breastfeeding, I didn’t even have time to pump, but in hindsight, I’m sure I could have talked to the Instructor before the training to take a little more break time. I just didn’t want to miss anything!
- One of the things I love most about Zumba is it’s non-judgmental. I don’t look like a fitness instructor, and there were people in all shapes and sizes in the training. Dance or teaching experience is not required, and while it’s definitely helpful if you’ve taken a Zumba class before, that’s not even required either!
- This is really important to know: Most places will not hire you unless you are a ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) member. It’s not required, but you can’t access the official music and choreography without it. It’s $40/month, but some gyms will pay for it (or at least half of it) if you teach for them. They may also provide a free gym membership for teaching.
- Every Zumba Instructor is unique, so you get to make your class your own. You can make up your own stuff or modify the choreography how you like. You do need to follow a formula (a balance of fast and slow so your students don’t pass out from exhaustion or boredom), and you’re only supposed to do no more than 2 songs of the same rhythms (style of dance), but I have no problem with that as I enjoy so many. And it’s not just Latin rhythms…my favorites are Bhangra (Bollywood style), Hip Hop, and even Jive.
There is also a very cute Zumba store with clothes, shoes & accessories for men and women, and I’d love to share my discount code with you! I’m offering the discount to my subscribers, so just subscribe on my homepage, then message me from the Contact Me page to let me know you’d like the discount. Are you going to become an Instructor now, or are you one already? Tell me in a comment on this post!