Laura White, a Zumba instructor for Brick Bodies, writes about her profession here. What does your job entail? Zumba is a 60-minute Latin-based cardio dance class. I teach classes with participants of all age groups, fitness levels, and abilities. While teaching, I demonstrate options and adaptations within the movements to ensure the physical well-being of all participants. I prepare for classes by learning my music and choreography well, whether they are provided by Zumba Fitness or they are routines I develop on my own. What kind of schooling or training did you go through? All Zumba instructors must attend a Zumba Instructor Training course, and then must keep their instructor license current through a variety of courses offered by the Zumba Academy, or by joining the Zumba Instructor Network. I attended Zumba 1 and Zumba 2 training, and I am also a ZIN member. Although this is not required of Zumba instructors, I also hold current CPR and ACE certifications. I am certified in other group exercise programs as well. Average salary: There were no Zumba-specific figures available, but median salary for fitness instructors is $31,090 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What inspired you to this career? I love group fitness because of the collective energy and camaraderie. Since dancing has always been something I enjoy, so Zumba is a great fit for me. The endorphins also help, especially after a long day! I taught other group exercise programs and as Zumba was gaining popularity, I became certified and began teaching Zumba classes. What do you like best about your job? The best part of my job is knowing that participants in the class are enjoying themselves. Zumba truly is "exercise in disguise," because you're having so much fun that you forget that you're burning calories and working hard. I love that I get to listen to great music, teach and learn fun dance moves, and build excitement with the participants in my class. What are the challenges? There are a variety of fitness levels and experience that come along with any group exercise class, so instructors must present classes that are safe and effective for all participants. One challenge is the time needed to prepare and practice the Zumba routines so that each class is both successful and enjoyable for everyone.
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