In general, I recommend any sneaker with a worn tread; this makes some of the movements easier to do. However, in my experience attending and teaching Zumba® classes I have found that dance sneakers are the best shoes. They are built specifically for the types of movement we often do in class. If you decide to attend classes regularly, I recommend picking up a pair.
Here are a few links to some quality dance sneakers, including the various shoes I have worn while teaching:
- Bloch Wave Dance Sneaker
- Capezio Womens Fierce Dance Sneaker
- Sansha Motion Dance Sneaker
- Bloch Womens Canvas Boost Sneaker
IMPORTANT: Don’t wear shoes that are designed to tone your legs (Sketchers Shape-Ups, etc.). They work by putting you off balance. To avoid injury, you don’t want to be off balance in a Zumba Class!
Yes I am. I took my Zumba Basics training in September 2010 and since then I have continued my Zumba education. See my About page for the complete list of trainings I have taken and Zumba® classes I am licensed to teach. My ZIN ID number is 99858 and you can find my official Zumba.com profile here.
Always verify that any instructor from whom you take a Zumba® class is licensed to teach Zumba® (and in the case of specialty classes such as Zumba® Gold or Zumba® Toning, licensed to teach that specialty class) by going to Zumba.com. Click on Find an Instructor and enter their name. If that person does not come up, or they do but they do not have the proper training to be teaching the class they are offering, report them!
Although some Zumba® music is provided exclusively to instructors, collections of the more popular Zumba® songs are available here.
Zumba® has released a number of DVD sets, including:
- Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping System DVD Set
- Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set
- Zumba Fitness Gold Live It Up DVD Set for the Baby Boomer Generation
- Zumba Fitness Incredible Results DVD with Zumba Max DVD
- Zumba Fitness Target Zones Abs and Legs DVD
You can also find them all here
Zumba® also has some awesome video games for XBOX, PlayStation, and Wii:
- Zumba Fitness 2 – Nintendo Wii
- Zumba Fitness World Party [Nintendo Wii], [Nintendo Wii U], [XBOX 360], [XBOX One]
- Zumba Fitness Core [Nintendo Wii], [XBOX 360]
- Zumba Fitness Rush – Xbox 360
- Zumba Fitness [Nintendo Wii], [XBOX 360], [PlayStation 3]
- Zumba Kids [Nintendo Wii], [XBOX 360]