Belly Dance Hip Coin Scarf for Zumba

April 26th, 2011

I occasionally wear a belly dance hip scarf with coins for Zumba. I think the color and the movement of the coins at my waist remind my Zumba participants to use their hips more often during the Latin dance moves of Zumba classes. I often try to motivate Zumba participants to add more  “hips and hands” when they are comfortable with the footwork involved in Zumba Fitness to take their workout to the next level.

hip scarf for Zumba

I won my hip scarf at a Zumbathon, a Zumba fundraiser event for charity, but many people ask me where they can buy a hip scarf with coins for Zumba. Here are some possibilities:

International Markets
International markets often have Middle Eastern vendors that sell hip scarves, but please be aware of the quality of the hip scarf you are buying. The low-end hip scarves are perfect for Zumba and could cost you $5-20 USD. Do not pay more than $20 for a low-end hip scarf because these hip scarves are “disposable” – you will have to replace it often. It will get sweaty and the coins may tarnish. The strand of thread could break and you could lose a string of beads and coins.

In Minnesota, the Festival of Nations International Bazaar held annually in early May is one place to find several vendors that sell coin hip scarves for Zumba. The Midtown Global Market also has vendors that may (or may not) sell coin hip scarves for Zumba.

Online
Search for “coin hip scarf for Zumba” on Google, and you will see there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of online sources of coin hip scarves for Zumba. Many vendors sell in bulk at a discount so if you are considering buying online, you might want to talk to your Zumba friends and see if anyone is interested in splitting the order with you. As always, please be aware of the quality of the hip scarf you are buying. The low-end hip scarves are perfect for Zumba and should cost you $5-20 USD each. Do not pay more than $20 for a low-end hip scarf because these hip scarves are “disposable” – you will have to replace it often.

I recommend starting with a search for coin hip scarf on eBay, Amazon, or another trusted online shopping source.

Please keep in mind that there are also very elaborate, beautiful, high-end hip scarves with coins available for performance dance. When you hear the low, rich tone of the coins and feel the weight of the beads, you will know the high quality of the costume hip scarf. These high-end hip scarves are very heavy and expensive and probably not appropriate for a Zumba class because of the cost, weight, and potential beadwork disaster that would stop class if a strand of thread broke.

Zumba in the Circuit Playlists for Curves

April 17th, 2011

Here are the Zumba in the Circuit playlists I have put together for my ZITC workouts at Curves to date. I used the free Audacity sound-editing software and every one minute, school bells ring to cue participants to move to the next station. Enjoy!

Format: Song (Artist) – Style

Zumba in the Circuit 1
Obsesion (Aventura) – Warm Up Bachata
Suavemente (Elvis Crespo) – Merengue
La Bamba (Los Lobos) – Salsa
Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (Selena) – Cumbia
Mundian Te Bach Ke (DJ Punjabi) – Bhangra
Baila Pa Emociona (Zumba Fitness) – Calypso
Matilda, Matilda (Harry Belafonte) – Mambo
Volare (The Gipsy Kings) – Flamenco
Stand By Me (Prince Royce) – Cool Down Stretch

Zumba in the Circuit 2
Oye Como Va (Santana) – Warm Up Cha Cha
Waka Waka (Shakira) – Tribal
Mambo Italiano (Wiseguy Orchestra) – Mambo
La Vida Es Un Carnaval (Zumba Fitness) – Salsa
Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter) – Merengue
Kiss Kiss (Zumba Fitness) – Bellydance
Don’t Speak Spanish My Love (Zumba Fitness) – Bachata
In Heaven (Da’ville) – Cool Down Stretch

Zumba in the Circuit 3
Dame Un Tiempo Mas (Zumba Fitness) – Warm Up Cumbia
Asereje (Las Ketchup) – Salsa
Pa’mayte (Zumba Fitness) – Calypso
Ca Plan Por Moi (Plastic Betrand) – Merengue
Boro Boro (Zumba Fitness) – Bhangra
Jump in the Line (Harry Belafonte) – International
Dance the Night Away (The Mavericks) – Salsa
Zorba (Zumba Fitness) – Greek Traditional
(Take Me Home) Country Roads (Toots & the Maytals) – Cool Down Stretch

Zumba in the Circuit 4
I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas) – Warm Up Merengue
Baila Esta Cumbia (Zumba Fitness) – Cumbia
African Beats (Zumba Fitness) – Tribal
Here Comes My Baby (The Mavericks) – Salsa
Danca Da Maozinha (Zumba Fitness) – Samba
Cumbia Arabe (Zumba Fitness) – Bellydance/Cumbia
Save the Last Dance (Michael Buble) – Cha Cha
Maria Maria (Santana) – Cool Down Stretch

Upcoming Zumba® Events in Minnesota – April 2011

April 1st, 2011

Zumbathon Fundraiser for Japan Disaster Victims (Farmington, MN)

All proceeds go to the American Red Cross for the Japan catastrophe victims. Bring your water bottle and dress for a workout. Join in the fun. Great Music. Great positive happy energy.

Zumba Night-Life Class & Open House at Studio Cates! (Stillwater, MN)

Celebrate Studio Cates 1-year anniversary with instructor Sara Ross’ version of Zumba in the Club! Wear your fun Zumba/workout gear – anything goes! Shake it to awesome lights & music! Enjoy GUEST ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR…..LUPE BELMONTES!! Cost $10.

Zumbathon Fundraiser for Japan Disaster Victims (St. Louis Park, MN)

More information coming soon! Hosted by Naseema Shidi.

  • Friday, April 8, 2011 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • St. Louis Park, MN
  • More information coming soon!

Zumba with a Purpose! (Andover, MN)

Very fun event – well worth the drive to Andover! All proceeds go to the Anoka County Sexual Assault Action Team to support their work in preventing sexual violence and improving access to services for victims. COST: Minimum suggested donation is $10 at the door. Free parking!

One Hour Zumba Party with Ritzy (Shoreview, MN)

Fun, one-time Zumba event with instructor Ritzy Anderson! Bring a friend, water, and a towel. Children over age of 10 also welcome. Cost: $5.

Interactive Zumba Fitness XBox Demo at the MOA Best Buy Rotunda (Bloomington, MN)

Come and play the XBox Zumba Fitness video game with your favorite ZIN Zumba instructors. Free!

  • Saturday, April 9, 2011 · 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Best Buy Rotunda, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Zumba in the Rotunda with Kristi Gess at the MOA Best Buy Rotunda (Bloomington, MN)

Hosted by lululemon athletica. lululemon ambassador, Kristi Gess will be leading this free Zumba class at the Mall of America! Free!