Learning to Zumba

21 Oct

Step it Up

Zumba is based on a mix of Latin and international music. The four basic steps incorporated into Zumba dancing are the merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton. The merengue is a Latin dance that is similar to a march, but the dancer doesn’t lift his feet too high off the ground, as in a typical high step march. The salsa is more of a side to side dance. Left foot out to the side and then back and then right foot out to the side and back, shifting your weight each time. Cumbia a dance that only moves one side of the body as if the other side was chained. The cumbia step is right foot front, left foot steps in place, right foot back, and left foot step in place. The cumbia feels like a rocking from front to back. When thinking of Reggaeton, think of it more as a style than a step. You need to keep your knees bent and it contains a combination of a stomping march with a hip hop attitude.

Bringing it home

Although some of us like to go to the gym and work out most like to enjoy the comfort and privacy of our own home. In the past year Wii came out with the Zumba Fitness PartyTM. The game allows you to bring the party home into your own living room. Still combining the same four dance steps above, the game also teaches you 30 different routines. The game teaches the basic steps and allows you to move from location to location forgetting that you’re in your own living room. If you feel uncomfortable trying Zumba in a class setting, maybe start off with the Wii and once you know the steps go visit a local gym and show them your moves.


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