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    I go to zumba classes regularly and although I love it (or I wouldn't keep going) I would really hope no one goes there hoping to learn to dance! I have done a fair amount of latin dancing too, and zumba bears almost no relations to any form of dance at all. Its more like hilarious flailing around to work up a good sweat in your lunch hour.

    That said, the first time the instructor produced the coin belts and put on Shakira, I did do a little cry inside. But it was only a small cry.

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    Senior Member Sirène's Avatar
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    I don't know what gave me bigger giggles, the videos or some of the comments

    Middle Eastern dancers please stop getting your coin belts in knots over PC terminology - it's an exercise class, NOT a dance class!
    touché

    I Wanted to do some classic Zumba Belly dance moves
    I believe classic + Zumba + belly dance = oxymoron

    The prize goes to the Italian video though. It was beyond special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starmouth View Post
    I go to zumba classes regularly and although I love it (or I wouldn't keep going) I would really hope no one goes there hoping to learn to dance! I have done a fair amount of latin dancing too, and zumba bears almost no relations to any form of dance at all. Its more like hilarious flailing around to work up a good sweat in your lunch hour.
    Definitely agree with you about flailing around. I like zumba and I do it to burn calories and get my heart going. I don't think anyone goes to learn to dance or to become a bellydancer, it's an exercise routine. It's just like body combat or aerobics but with better music. At my gym we have one teacher who teaches salsa and does lambada and another who's essentially the step instructor and neither of them can do the "bellydance inspired" moves very well. Doesn't stop it from being fun though.

    I don't confuse it with my bellydance classes which are hard work and make me think and feel and focus.

    I would agree that some of the videos on this thread are very funny.

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    Yet another venue that we have to correct the GP on, that ZUMBA IS NOT BELLYDANCE. (Sigh)

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    This post has me chuckling because whether you're doing Zumba, Pachanga, whatever-you-call-it-Latin-American-aerobic-workout, they ALL try to incorporate belly dancing moves...or some semblance of them. I think there's definitely cross-over, though I blame Shakira for this apparent trend, LOL!!!

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    I'm going to rant - look away now if you like, or teach Zumba.

    IMO Zumba (by which I mean the current craze in 'exercise' classes, and NOT the dances that lie behind the name) is def not a dance class. I don't even think its really an exercise class. It just seems to be frenzied movements with the focus on fun. Nothing wrong in that, but the classes I went to had no awareness of posture, safety or tuition - just follow the person up front. If you can't keep up, or understand the move, or need to lie down after five minutes - hey! its just fun, and getting sweaty and breathless is good for you!! Achy limbs and twinging back? - hey, you've just had a manic hour of Zumba, so laugh it off! The only person really laughing is whoever thought of it, all the way to the bank. The only person breathless is me, on finding that you can become an instructor in one weekend, with no training in physiology, teaching skills, or health and safety!
    If you want to exercise in company with music, go to a reputable gym and do aerobics. At least the instructors need proper qualifications to teach that.
    If you want to learn to dance, go to a proper dance class and learn to appreciate it, and yourself.
    If you still want the frenzied sweat, go to a nightclub or rave - there's little difference.
    If you really, really need to Zumba, pay for the qualification, and then you can earn money from it with no more understanding then you had before.
    Bellydance Zumba?? AAAArrghh! The label means nothing other than a vague connection to some hip movements and an even vaguer sexy image. Anything to get more punters. And some bellydance teachers make it worse by teaching Zumba themselves and then allowing their students to confuse the two!!

    I know there are Zumba teachers out there who are responsible teachers, who try to teach the class the proper way of moving, and have a safety conscious awareness and the best interest of their students in mind. But they do not seem to be the majority (at least not in my area), and those attitudes come from their own personal background or expectation, and not from the Zumba qualification.

    Rant over.

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    I love debates, they give me an opportunity to examine my own beliefs. I went to a 2 day workshop series over the weekend with Paulette Rees Dennis (fabulous) and teacher training was discussed. One of the participants said that Paulettes was better than (let's say) teacher x because u have to demonstrate competency to pass paulette's where as the other it is pay your money and u r certified. This made me think - one of my main problems with zumba was any Jo blow off the street can b a zumba instructor - pay your money, turn up and hey presto u r certified! So thinking about it how is belly dance different? Ballet has governing bodies and century old training, what do we have? Literally anyone can start teaching belly dance no certification required! And I have been to a few classes where the instructor I am sure learnt all her moves from a shakira clip. Not really sure where I am going with this train of thought but as I said debates make me examine my thinking and opinions and I know a few people expressed similar "certificate for sale" beliefs about zumba so thought I would share

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    Could not finish watching them all...oh my eyes..must turn away...can't look!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmab81 View Post
    - one of my main problems with zumba was any Jo blow off the street can b a zumba instructor - pay your money, turn up and hey presto u r certified! So thinking about it how is belly dance different? Ballet has governing bodies and century old training, what do we have? Literally anyone can start teaching belly dance no certification required! And I have been to a few classes where the instructor I am sure learnt all her moves from a shakira clip.
    I admit I had similar thoughts as I wrote the post. The same thing applies to linedancing, salsa, yoga, singing, and in fact many other leisure pursuits (which may or may not damage your health).

    But then many of those teachers don't claim to be certified, and they emphasise their experience, and often have a long-term word of mouth reputation.

    My dislike of zumba is that it advertises its teachers as certificated, and so students may have the idea of a fully qualified fitness and dance instructor taking the class, and it can also lead some teachers into thinking they know more than they actually do. I have a similar reticence over some of the New Age / alternative healing practices available. And I'm not criticising the actual regimes or aims, just the ease with which poorly trained individuals can set themselves up as qualified, and do more damage than good.

    But hey, you pick your choices and take your chances, and many people do get a real buzz out of zumba. I would just advise care and common sense whilst flinging yourselves about the room.

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    Here's a review of a Wii video game based on zumba: Hips do lie | Washington Examiner

    It makes some interesting points.

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