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I did it. After a year of attending consistent Zumba classes at my local YMCA I was inspired by some amazing instructors to complete a Zumba B1 (Basic 1) training. I gifted myself a vacation and training in Miami, Florida. My oh my, it was a wonderful experience!
I initially started by searching for a B1 training on Zumba’s website. Selected the training date and location I wanted to train at and signed up. It was a great time to sign up for training as a 30% off training promo code was also running during Spring. I paid $157.50 for a full day of training w/ Erick Santana in Miami, Florida.
The training was held at beautiful hotel called InterContinental Miami, located in the heart of the downtown hustle and bustle. My training was from 8:30am – 5:30pm. Sounds intense right? It certainly was…I took the most steps I ever have in one day according to my Fitbit. I was sent an e-mail from my instructor two days prior to the training with information about hotel accomodations, parking, training location, things to bring, relevant Zumba information such as ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) registration and a break down of the schedule.
Training Day Schedule
7:45AM – Encouraged arrival time. There wasn’t any signs directing towards the Zumba specified conference rooms so I asked the front desk.
8:00AM – 8:30AM – Registration. I was greeted with Erick’s assistants and given a form to fill out for the Zumba Instructor Network if I wanted to sign up. It was highly recommended to sign up for the membership as you’re able to keep your certification indefinitely. ZIN also provides online material for choreography, instructor tips, discounted Zumba apparel, and so much more. Without the ZIN membership, your license is only good to teach for 6 months before it needs to be renewed. Currently the cost is $39.95/month, but you can read more information about ZIN here.
8:30AM – 8:50AM – Meet and greet with the Zumba instructor.
We didn’t receive any specific schedules for the remainder of the day which would’ve been great just to have an idea of the itinerary. After the meet and greet,
8:50AM – 9:00AM – Introduction. Erick discussed a little bit about what we would be doing during training and we began!
9:00AM – 11:00AM – Warm up and dance! For the first two hours we danced. This included Warm-up, Merengue, and Salsa. We easily had 30 students in the class and a good amount of space in the conference room. Erick had an amazing playlist, a great sound system, and a stage to show us his choreography.
11:00AM – 11:15AM – Break.
11:15AM – 1:00PM – Review the Basic 1 Training Manual. The Basic Manual was sent in a digital e-mail to access, but also recommended to be printed out and brought to the training. Our trainer discussed the history of Zumba, psychology, credentials (including AFAA), cueing, networking and business promotion.
1:00PM – 1:30PM – Lunch. We were asked to bring a lunch since our break was short. For Intercontinental Miami there was a few restaurants and a Starbucks located right outside of the conference rooms.
1:30PM – 3:00PM – More B1 Training review. Song transitions, progression and regressions of songs, types of genres for your playlist. Using the ZIN network for training and additional education.
3:00PM – 3:15PM – Break.
3:15PM – 4:00PM – Last B1 Training review. Summary of the manual, visual demonstration of a song break down w/ class participation, Q & A.
4:00PM – 5:00PM – Dance! As Erick taught the basic steps of every genre he also interacted with his students by bringing people on stage to dance along. The last hour of dancing included Cumbia and Reggaeton (MY FAVORITE) and cool-down techniques.
5:00PM – 5:30PM ZIN gifts and congratulations. If you signed up for ZIN each person was called up to the front to grab their Zumba gift from our Instructor and his assistants which included a fabric bag, a necklace, and “My First Class” DVD. By the end of the class I was e-mailed a digital certification stating that I completed B1 training.
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