|What is Zumba?
Zumba is dancing to mostly Latin music, led by Ida. Steps from all styles are incorporated: merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, tango, and others. There is no expectation that you will know any of these steps. You learn by imitating Ida as she dances.
Where and when are the classes?
Visit the Find Ida page for maps.
We are no longer at Sonny Newman's nor at Phinney Neighbors. The morning classes Ida offers are at North Seattle Boys and Girls Club. Her Friday night class, beginning in October, will also be there.
All the classes that were at Small Faces (aka Crown Hill Center) are still at this same location. For the classes at Small Faces, there is plenty of parking on the street and at the facility. We use the gymnasium located in the middle of the building. The entry code for the building is 4349.
If you are confused about where to go when, you can click on any class in the schedule and it will tell you everything you need to know!
How much do they cost?
You can pay $8 for a drop-in class.
$60 buys you a punch card good for 10 classes.
$40 allows you unlimited classes for a month.
Please try to show up 5 minutes early when you need to make a payment.
What do I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes and footwear you can dance in. If you decide you want to continue with Zumba it's advisable to get a pair of dance sneakers. These have non-tacky soles so you can slide and pivot more easily on the floor. You can get these online, or Centerstage Dance Shop on University Ave. has some brands.
Bring a water bottle. There's water-fountains in the studios.
What if I don't know how to dance?
Some people obviously can dance, and some obviously can't. It doesn't matter. Some are restricted in their movements. Some people dance to a different drummer, so to speak, and that's totally fine. You will learn the steps, and there's no pressure or expectation of ability.
What if I'm out of shape?
It doesn't matter. Basically, the point is to keep moving for an hour. If all you do is march in place and do the hand-motions, that's great. People of all levels can do Zumba. You should pace yourself so that you don't overdo it. You can decide for yourself how strenuous a work-out you're going to have.
What if I'm too old / too fat / too stiff / too clumsy?
People of all ages, sizes and abilities do Zumba.
Is it always the same songs?
No. There are many songs and Ida varies them so you won't hear the same set twice. New songs get added, and some old songs get retired.
Each song has its own choreography and that stays the same. It may look complicated at first, but soon you'll realize that there are a few patterns of steps that get repeated several times. Eventually you will learn them.
Will people laugh at me?
People will be laughing, but not at you. People laugh because Ida is so much fun. Everyone has a great time.
How can I get that discount on Zumba clothes?
You can use the direct link (the page might take an extra moment to completely load). As you make your selections you should see a 10% discount being applied. When you view your cart, on the right, there is an area called Affiliate Code. If everything went right, you should see Applied Code: fiesta under the box. If for some reason, it is not there, simply enter the word fiesta and click apply. Bear in mind that Ida's Affiliate Code is different than a Promotional Code. Sometimes if you are very lucky, you can use both Ida's code and a Promotional Code. (Promotional Codes are occasionally sent by email from zumba.com)