Zumba is a dance-based fitness program created during the 1990s by Alberto Perez, a Colombian dancer and choreographer. Zumba uses up-tempo international music such as salsa and merengue to support an aerobics-style workout. Genuine Zumba classes must be led by trained fitness instructors, who first learn the essentials and then specialize in other areas. Texans interested in becoming Zumba teachers can find “Zumba Academy” certification classes in several parts of the Lone Star State.
All Zumba instructors must being with Zumba Basic. There are no prerequisites for taking the Zumba Basic 1 licensing courses. Zumba Basic 1 teaches the four basic Zumba rhythms, how to choreograph Zumba steps and how to create and lead a class. Zumba Basic 2 is taken after finishing Zumba 1, and students must be current instructors before enrolling. Basic 2 teaches belly dancing, tango, samba and flamenco rhythms, as well as more advanced choreography and techniques. The Zumba Basic license is good for one year. As of 2011, Zumba Basic 1 training was available in Beaumont, Dallas, Edinburgh, Magnolia and Waco, with Zumba Basic 2 offered in San Antonio, Brownsville, Houston and Beaumont.
Zumba Gold classes are designed mainly for active older adults. Standard Zumba Gold classes cover the physical and mental concerns of fitness for seniors, as well as how to tailor the program to beginning older adults. Zumba Gold instructor students must already hold a Basic license before enrolling in Gold, except for students who enroll in the Jump Start Gold program. Jump Start Gold combines new instructor Basic training with Gold training, and so has no prerequisites. In 2011, Zumba Gold classes were available in Dallas and Kingwood, and Jump Start Gold was open only in Kingwood.
Zumba Toning classes focus on body sculpting through strength training and high-intensity workouts. Teachers wishing to enroll in Zumba Toning licensing classes must already be members of the Zumba instructor network and current Zumba instructors. Current fitness trainer certification is also recommended, although not required. As of 2011, Zumba Toning classes were available in San Antonio.
Aqua Zumba is Zumba’s water-based program. Aqua Zumba classes teach safe water workouts and how to best use Zumba in aqua fitness. Aqua Zumba students must be Zumba instructors in good standing, with a certification from the Aquatic Exercise Association recommended. However, as of May 2011, there were no Aqua Zumba training classes scheduled in Texas.
Zumbatomic is the Zumba program for children. Zumbatomic licensing classes teach instructors how to adapt the Zumba formula to suit children aged 4 through 12. Like all other Zumba specialty licenses, Zumbatomic is only for current Zumba instructors. In 2011, Zumbatomic training was scheduled in Bedford, a suburb of Fort Worth.