NYCTALKING 10: What makes a good Zumba instructor?

What are some of the ingredients that go into the making of a good Zumba instructor? I have a very interesting perspective here because I was a group fitness student for years before I became an instructor. I’ve been taking group fitness classes since the early 2000s! So as a participant, I know what I like and what was frustrating and not fun. I bring those lessons along with me as an instructor.

So in this episode I’ll be talking about 4 major components that go into the making of a good Zumba instructor. We have cues, choreo simplicity, instructor vibe and your playlist!

Cues: If you don’t cue, I hate you. That’s all there is to it, I hate you. How the hell am I supposed to know where to go? I have to follow you and try to keep up and that makes me feel awkward and stupid. So.. I hate you. πŸ€ͺ

Simplicity: We are not dancers. I’ll tell you right now, I’m not a dancer. I can barely do the basics and even mastering that took me hours and hours and hours practice. Keep it simple, or, guess what? I hate you too!πŸ˜†

Vibe: Love it or stay home. If you ain’t feeling it one day, or anymore, stay home. Let someone who loves it teach. You cannot fake it in Zumba. Don’t make me hate you. 🧐

Playlist: Students can tell if you put time and effort into putting together a good playlist. I spend hours examining my music. I edit out the 3 minute adlibs at the end of songs, I chop off momentum breaking parts, and I test it while doing cardio on the elliptical. If the playlist doesn’t flow in class, I edit it for the next one. I put effort into my music and everyone loves it. Why? Cause hard work is apparent, people know if you care!

So what do y’all think? Is there anything I’m missing? Anything I’m wrong on? Click on the play button below, have yourself a listen and if any of this applies to you, don’t get mad, just adjust. If this doesn’t apply to you, then you are ahead of the game. These are all areas of opportunity! Good luck to you all on your journey!

Angel Rodriguez

Please take note of the date on a post. Over the years my views have evolved. I'm constantly learning and growing.
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