How to Choose a Zumba Class

October 25th, 2010

Always visit several Zumba classes before making a commitment to any instructor, class, or location. Here are some tips to finding the right Zumba class for you!

Many health clubs, community centers, community education programs, colleges & universities, ballroom dance studios, martial arts studios, and corporations hold Zumba classes, but beware – not all locations are the same! Some classes are held in fitness studios with mirrors and hardwood floors, some classes are held gymnasiums with rubber floors, and some classes even held in carpeted meeting rooms or cafeterias! Choose a convenient location for you – something near home, work, school – whatever will get you to Zumba on a regular basis! It doesn’t matter how awesome the location is if you are not going to class!

No two Zumba instructors are alike and variety is the spice of life, but let’s face it – there are good Zumba instructors and there are bad Zumba instructors. Some instructors teach choreography, some jump right in. Some instructors take breaks during class, some do not. Some instructors are all about hip hop and reggaeton, some focus on more “traditional” Latin dances. Try multiple instructors before you commit to one. Don’t worry about hurting your Zumba instructor’s feelings – it is all a matter of preference. The more you like your instructor(s), the more Zumba success you will have.

Zumba class should be good exercise, but it should also be fun that you look forward to! Find a class that suits you. Do you like the other people in class? Are they your age? Do you feel comfortable trying new moves and possibly making mistakes around them? Can you afford the fees? Classes are primarily female, but males are welcome to do Zumba! Some Zumba classes average 5-10 participants, while others average over 100! Do your research and find the right class for you!

Now you’re ready to use the Zumba class finder to find Zumba classes near you!

What’s the Difference Between Zumba and Zumba Gold?

October 25th, 2010

What’s the difference between Zumba and Zumba Gold? Well, I can’t speak for every Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor, but…

My Zumba Gold classes:
1) are lower intensity interval workouts,
2) utilize choreography that is more repetitive (but not boring!) and includes more opportunities for modification,
3) do not include hip hop or rap music, and
4) maintain music and playlists for longer.

My Zumba classes:
1) are high intensity interval workouts,
2) utilize more challenging choreography that incorporates more complicated styles & steps including jumps & turns,
3) includes Latin hip hop and rap music, and
4) includes one or two new songs per class.

Above is Rencsi’s description. Below is Zumba Fitness’ description.

According to,

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!

The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a Zumba® class!

According to Faq, Zumba Gold is a lower-intensity Zumba class designed for active older adults, deconditioned participants, or other populations that need modifications for success. Zumba Gold incorporates the basic Zumba steps (merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton) and modifications of these steps to effectively addresses the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs of the older active adult as well as other deconditioned populations. Zumba Gold class safe, effective exercise and an absolute blast!

Zumba Gold Playlist

October 25th, 2010

I teach Zumba Gold twice a week. The only differences between my Zumba and my Zumba Gold classes are:
1) no hip hop or rap in ZG,
2) no jumping & less turns in ZG,
3) more repetitive choreography in ZG (btw, more repetitive does not mean boring!), and
4) my playlists change less often for ZG.

I like to give my Zumba Gold participants more time with songs to get comfortable, and my Zumba Gold participants seems to like to have familiar songs too.

Here is a “master” Zumba Gold playlist of the music I have used in my Zumba Gold classes over the past few months sorted by style. Whether you are a Zumba Gold instructor looking for ideas, or a Zumba Gold participant looking for your favorite music from your class, I hope you enjoy!

Obsesion (Bachata/Warm Up)

Pa’ mayte (Calypso/Warm Up)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Mega Mix 15

Matilda, Matilda (International/Warm Up)
Harry Belafonte

Papa Loves Mambo (Mambo/Warm Up)
Perry Como

Volare (Flamenco/Warm Up)
The Gipsy Kings

Asejere (Latin Pop/Warm Up)
Las Ketchup

Hot Hot Hot (Merengue)
Buster Poindexter And His Banshees of Blue

Suavemente (Merengue)
Elvis Crespo

Ça Plan Por Moi (Merengue)
Plastic Bertrand

I Need to Know (Cha Cha)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Volume 25

La Bamba (Salsa)
Ritchie Valens or Los Lobos

Dance the Night Away (Salsa)
The Mavericks

Here Comes My Baby (Salsa)
The Mavericks

Solo Se Vive Una Vez (Rumba Flamenca)
Zumba Fitness Megamix 13

Kiss Kiss (Belly Dance)
Zumba Fitness Megamix 14

Boro Boro (Belly Dance)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 22

Chaiyya Chaiyya (Bollywood)
A.R. Rahman

Mundian To Bach Ke (Bhangra)
Panjabi MC

Jump In The Line (International)
Harry Belafonte

Hava Nagila (International)
Zumba Fitness Zumba Gold Collection

Give Me Hope Joanna (Reggaeton)
Zumba Fitness Zumba Gold Collection

African Beat 2 (African Beats)
Zumba ZIN 22

Waka Waka (African Beats)

Baila Esta Cumbia (Cumbia)
Zumba Fitness Mega Mix 14

La Negra Tomasa (Cumbia)
DJ Kane

Mil Horas (Cumbia)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Volume 27

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (Cumbia)

Banana Boat Da-O (International/Cool Down)
Harry Belafonte

Take Me Home Country Roads (Reggae/Cool Down)
Toots & the Maytals

Stand By Me (Bachata/Cool Down)
Prince Royce

Zumba Playlists September 2010

October 4th, 2010

It’s my one year anniversary of posting my Zumba playlists monthly! \*0*/

As I’ve mentioned before, I try to add one or two new songs each week. That doesn’t always happen, but if I can’t add a new song, I bring back songs we haven’t done in awhile to keep things fresh. I try to have two playlists going at any given time so if participants can make it to class multiple times per week, I can mix it up for them.


La Bamba (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Wyclef Jean
Choreography by Rencsi

Disturbia (Pop / Warm Up)
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba with Renee

Pam Pam (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Wisin Y Yandal
Choreography by Rencsi

Mundian Du Bach Ke (Bhangra)
Panjabi MC
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Zumba Fitness with Bradley

Hot Hot Hot (Merengue)
Buster Poindexter
Choreography by Rencsi

Mil Horas (Cumbia)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Waka Waka (Latin Pop)
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by Shakira

Danca Da Maozinha (Axe)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

El Baile Del Pescao (Reggaeton)
Zumba ZIN 27
Choreography by Zumba Fitness

Kalinka (Russian Folk / Pop)
Choreography by Rencsi

Papa Loves Mambo (Mambo)
Bing Crosby
Choreography by Rencsi

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo
Choreography by Rencsi, Inspired by this YouTube video

Te Extrano (Bachata)
Choreography by Rencsi

Rain Dance (African Rhythms / Hip Hop)
The Very Best Featuring M.I.A
Choreography by Rencsi

Body Language (Pop / Cool Down)
Jesse McCartney
Choreography by Rencsi