Last, but certainly not least was Zumba® World Rhythms: India. Having my BollyX certification from last fall, I've already experienced the flavor and rhythms of India, but it was nice to learn more styles and add to my repertoire of knowledge. As an instructor, if you are considering taking any of the rhythms courses, I highly recommend them. If you are a student, I can't wait to bring these rhythms to our next classes! I love world music and world rhythms. What a diverse, beautiful planet we live on and we are so lucky to experience so many different cultures, sounds & tastes.
From the Zumba® website:
ZUMBA® WORLD RHYTHMS: INDIA - Travel the world from your living room with World Rhythms India! Discover four new rhythms, Bollywood, Garba, Lavani and Bhangra and explore new ways to heat up your studio. The easy-to-follow e-learning capsule features exciting new basic steps, music and moves inspired by the colorful Indian culture. Plus, four all-new choreos created in collaboration with Shiamak Davar International, the dance academy founded by Shiamak Davar, legendary Bollywood choreographer and close friend of Beto Perez.
In addition to the license, Zumba® offers additional online education & training via additional studies in different rhythms around the world. Next on my list was to work through the Caribbean-Jamaica online education as this is one of my favorite regions of the world. As expected, I got a great flavor of some of the wonderful styles of dance that this region has to offer, all I was missing was my tropical drink with an umbrella in it! Here is the description from the Zumba® website:
ZUMBA® WORLD RHYTHMS:
CARIBBEAN-JAMAICA - World Rhythms Caribbean will transport you from the studio to the shore with all-new choreo and tracks rooted in the flavors of Jamaica. Explore three exciting styles of dance—Mento, Ska and Dancehall — and discover new ways to turn your fitness-party into a Caribbean getaway. Plus, learn about the rich island culture that influences the rhythms that move us. The easy-to-follow e-learning capsule features brand-new steps, music and choreography to take your class on a global getaway.
This winter, Zumba® created a brand new e-learning course called Cue Like A Pro. What's so great about this course, besides the fact that the instructor is the amazing Steve Boedt, is that he really breaks down cueing in a way that is totally understandable and applicable. Cueing isn't something that comes naturally to most instructors. Most of us have to work at it, by learning the cues while learning the choreo so it sticks in the brain.
Due to COVID-19 and all of us being stuck at home, Zumba® gave all of the instructors this course, for FREE (!). It was a treat and made being stuck at home with no way to teach classes a little more bearable. I recommend that every instructor take this as once you pass, you will have the materials and videos to reference as you work toward becoming better at cueing and therefore, a better instructor.
In addition to the license, Zumba® offers additional online education & training via additional studies in different rhythms around the world. I chose Africa first because these are some of my favorite world rhythms! The online training was a lot of fun! Here is the description from the Zumba® website:
ZUMBA® WORLD RHYTHMS: AFRICA - A variety of climates, spectacular landscapes and incredible animals make Africa the most diverse continent on earth, and the deeply rooted music and moves are no exception! Discover four new rhythms — Kwela, Kwaito, Sega and Kuduro — and get ready to take your class on an African adventure. The easy-to-follow e-learning capsule features brand-new steps, music and choreography inspired by the global rhythms that move us.
On the same day as I did the Africa online class, I also took Brazil, because that's my second favorite place in the world for glorious rhythms. From the Zumba® website:
ZUMBA® WORLD RHYTHMS: BRAZIL - With the flavor of Brazil, you can turn your class into a carnival! Explore four new rhythms, Axé, Capoeira, Brazilian Funk and Frevo, and learn new ways to take your fitness-party to the next level. The easy-to-follow e-learning capsule features brand-new basic steps, music and choreography inspired by the global rhythms that move us. Get ready to spice up the studio!
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