What is Zumba?
Zumba is dancing to mostly Latin music, led by Ida. Steps from
all styles are incorporated: mambo, 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.
When are the classes?
Visit the Schedule page for details.
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
You can also buy classes and deals through Ida's Zaarly.com site.
Where are the classes?
Visit the Find Ida page for maps.
Most are currently held in Sonny Newman's Dance Hall at 201 N 85th Street. However Sonny Newman's Dance Hall will be closing, and our last class there is Friday 5/31/13.
This is on 85th, 3 buildings west of Greenwood. It is the
second floor of the building. Next to Gordito's restaurant are
two small parking lots (you are not allowed to park there) and
if you look to the rear of those lots you will see the sign on
the steps leading up to the dance hall. The only entrance is
upstairs, from the rear of the parking lot.
All the classes that were held at Sonny's will now be held at Phinney Neighborhood Center at 6615 Dayton Ave N. There is lots of parking at the facility. Maps and directions can be found here. Our first class here will be Sunday June 2. The Sunday classes will be in room 2, and the rest of the classes will be in ...(TBD)?
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.
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
Bring a water bottle. There's a water-fountain in the studio.
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
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.