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Attending Zumba regularly can give you confidence in many dance steps.
Part of Zumba's appeal is its focus on a variety of music and dance styles from all over the world. Many of the steps you'll encounter have roots in Latin and Caribbean culture, though the fitness brand draws from both the African and Indian continents as well. When you attend a Zumba class for the first time, expect to use at least four different dance steps -- sometimes all within the same Zumba routine.
A Wide Variety of Steps
Zumba routines typically include a mix of Latin, Indian, Brazilian, Caribbean or African and hip-hop music and dance styles. Instructors will use differing amounts of each style, depending on their level of expertise in each one. In general, the primary dance steps include cumbia, salsa, merengue and reggaeton. You might also do samba, belly dancing, rumba, mambo or any other steps the instructor likes.
Basic Salsa Move
To perform the basic salsa, start with your feet together in a standing position. Step to the side with one foot and briefly place your weight on that foot. Then return that foot to the center, standing position. From there you'll perform the same movement with your other foot.
Merengue, the signature dance of the Dominican Republic, also starts with a very a basic movement. Starting with your feet together, step to the side or to the front with one foot. You'll then drag the other foot toward the first one. From there, you might step back again in the direction from which you originated, or you might continue to step with the same foot to move yourself further in that direction.
Starting Out with Cumbia
Originating in Colombia, cumbia's basic step involves stepping forward with one foot and then placing your weight on that foot very briefly. From there, you'll step either right or left with the other foot. Then return the п¬Ѓrst foot to the center and step forward again, essentially performing a shufп¬‚ing move.
Reggaeton's Basic Moves
Reggaeton has a few basic moves. One starter move involves jumping from both feet together to a wider stance and then back to the narrower stance, repeating a few times. Another basic move has you stepping to the side with one foot and progressively extending that foot farther from the body, before bringing the foot back in toward center.
Zumba Class Options
If you're thinking of adding Zumba to your п¬Ѓtness regimen, you might start out by getting a Zumba DVD or watching a short tutorial online. From there, step up to attending a Zumba Gold class, where the moves are designed to be more low-impact and the general energy is a bit slower than the standard Zumba Fitness class. While they're not really ideal for beginners, Zumba Fitness offers another type of class that adds more challenge and intensity: the Zumba Step class. The classes involve the same rhythms and steps as other classes, but they're performed by stepping on and off a "rizer," as it's called in Zumba. Similar to other step aerobics classes, the added height of the step means you'll have to work harder to lift your body against gravity.