How to Teach a Zumba Demo Class Alone (No Back Up)
Recently I had to teach Zumba at a huge combined school event for Under 8’s Day.
It could be daunting as I arrived alone.
I’ve literally told no-one.
I’m scheduled to teach Zumba on the stage.
This would have terrified me if I didn’t know and trust the secret formula to succeed at events!
Some of the questions I used to ask were:
- “Will anyone join in?”
- “Will I be just dancing around like a jelly bean on my own?”
- “Will people walk by and not even notice me?”
Don’t worry. Here are the key steps to success:
Dress to Impress!
That’s right ..it’s for kids!! So turning up in boring colours just won’t cut it. Even though Zumba has done a great job with their Zumba wear collection…turn it up a notch or two or three!
As long as your target is under 12 years here are:
Your Top Accessories for Standing Out:
- wear a bright wigs
- tie bright matching arm tassels over your arm
- add a skirt
- spray yourself in glitter (I use glitter hair spray on my body and the whole can only cost $2.99)
- put on the lippy
- get anything that glitters
- put on Punky Brewster knee high socks
- wear a funky cap
- think like Harley Quinn, Lady Gaga with their magnetic, crazy-out-there styles
- whatever your unique style is…mix and mash!
Dress to impress will do huge amounts to draw attention and interest! Which is key to drawing a cold crowd in! That’s a crowd that has never seen or heard of you or maybe even Zumba!
Pick an Easy English Song that’s Interactive! (PEESI)
Easy easy easy! Did I say that…easy !!! I mean 3-4 moves max! Literally, arms waving, stomping, side step, you get the picture.
It’s Not About You.
This is not about you or showing off your best dancing. Zumba is not about dancing. It’s about fun, freedom and moving to music. Why is their catch phrase “loose yourself in the music”?
Your #1 Goal is to Get Kids Moving
Your goal at a demo is about the kids! Your goals is to get AS MANY KIDS AS POSSIBLE moving and having fun to music!
Concentrate on those who you get moving and make sure they can keep up the pace. Most have never been to a Zumba class and even if they have, it’s best to pick super duper easy songs to get them to have fun and look like a super pro!
Easy English Songs
Of course, only use English songs if it’s the national language of your country or a very famous and familiar song in the country where you’re teaching. When the song is interactive in the language of your country they will get it much faster. Eg. “Throw your hands up”, “move to the left” …they hear it and can do it. These songs are perfect for demos!
High Energy, Lot’s of Vocals
High energy with lots of vocal points. These are great for demos, with lots of ooh ohh, woop woop, clap clap..you get the picture. Even a follow the leader or jump and spin your friend. Kids respond really well to these songs because they are incredibly fun!
Be Number One on the Mic
Before you start it’s your job to speak with energy, passion and vitality and tell everyone what you want and expect. Here are some tips of what to say on the microphone:
- Invite superstars to join you.
- Say you expect all the kids who love music and dance to come forward and that you have a special treat for them.
- Tell them you will choose those fun-loving dancers to come up on stage with you.
- Dance Certificate post cards / flyers (on one side it has a Dance Star award and on the other side is the class timetable which is also a great promotion for your classes).
Keep it Short!
No more than 10-15mins. That’s 3-4 songs. That’s it. Any more and it is too much for a public demo.
You want to come in strong and leave strong.
You want a big crowd super engaged and then lining up with their parents after the session who want to know more!
Give High Fives
High five as many of the kids you can after the session
So Back to my story about Under 8s Day…
The BEST thing about this day was bringing kids up on the stage… Some were new and had never done any Zumba before… they didn’t know me from a bar of soap…
They all rocked it and we drew in a massive crowd. Everyone stops in their tracks and watches. This is common.
It’s what you want!
The smiles on their faces, the joy, the happiness!
Follow the steps above and you’ll find it so easy!
You don’t have to practice for weeks to perform a dance on a stage, but you still get all the benefits that come with performing!
Plus great fitness!
Zumba is a really beneficial program for kids! I’m obviously a huge advocate because I’ve seen the change in my children from being involved in easy dance!
I love the Zumba Kids program and sincerely hope this helps you rock your next demo!
Let me know in the comments below.
With love, light and magic dance dust!