Friday, April 11, 2014

Getting Licensed

I was asked to talk a little more about last Saturday. I got licensed to teach Zumba® classes in Atlanta and I know some of you are curious about the process. 

I began Zumba® classes almost a year ago. My church started out with two ladies teaching a one hour class twice a week. I knew after the very first class I was hooked. I stood in the very back corner and laughed as I tripped over my own two feet! Over the next several weeks, I started picking up the choreography and I really got the hang of it. Eventually a second hour was added twice a week so I challenged myself to do two hours twice a week. It was tough, y'all! It really took a few weeks to build up the endurance, but it did get easier. A third lady started teaching and her style was intense. I felt like my body had been run over by a truck when I finished one of her classes. Slowly, my endurance built up to handle her intensity. 

When I finish two hours, I have this insane Zumba® rush! My adrenaline runs high and I feel like I can conquer the world which lead me to thinking I could totally jump up in front of everyone and lead. Over time I got braver and before I knew it, I was standing on the front line in class. I am pretty shy most of the time, but for some reason dancing in front of people does not bother me. I grew up dancing and performing so I can handle that part of it. Yes, I do get nervous in front of people. Yes I forget my steps sometimes, but I laugh it off. What else can you do?!? 

I got brave enough to speak with the three instructors about helping out some. They were so terribly supportive of me getting licensed. I registered online at early for training in Atlanta and saved a lot of money. 

Last Saturday, I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and drove myself to Atlanta which is a two hour trip for me. Number one, I am a morning person through and through! I sang at the top of my lungs all the way there and I was beyond pumped! I have never in my life driven myself to Atlanta. The traffic is unreal (we lived right outside of Atlanta when I was a kid). But....I was on this adrenaline rush and thought I could conquer the world. In the end, it was a piece of cake! 

Before the wild and crazy began....

I arrived at 8:00 am and got registered. I brought three changes of clothes, some snacks, and water. 

Erick Santana licensed me. He was amazing and I would recommend him to anyone. If you want to learn how to do things correctly, he's the go-to guy. 

I took his master class first thing Saturday morning and this was after....make up GONE! Hair a MESS! Huge, wild RUSH! I was spazzing off adrenaline! 

My shirt was completely soaked. If I had not been doing two hours twice a week, there was no way I'd been able to keep up in the master class. Erick would point to random people during the class. Those people jumped on stage and kept going. I was the second one called up and the song was crazy, y'all! I was literally shaking my behind in front of about 80 people. I've also never had to do anything like that in front of a man. Fabulous, y'all! 

So we changed clothes and came back for some lecture time. 

We were on our feet a lot longer than we sat, which is great with me. We went through the basic steps and variations with each. It really simplified everything in my mind and I was so thankful for that! 

At the end of the day I was licensed and a part of the ZIN network. 

If you're curious about my Zumba® site, you can check it out here

I was so excited!!!!

This little boy called me first to congratulate me! He was just about as excited over the phone as I was. I love that he is one of my biggest supporters! 

So I am beyond excited and ready to jump into teaching! My Zumba® girls have been throwing me in there and I'm getting some experience. It's really challenging me to remember a LOT! I've got about 6 songs I already have choreography for. I'm hoping to learn a few more next week. 


  1. Congratulations, Wendy! I am sure you will be a great instructor!

  2. Congratulations!! I've been wanting to try it. Sounds like a lot of fun! :)

  3. that is so awesome!!! u have major guts girlfriend, i dont know if i could do that!! I love dance cardio though it is LOADS of fun!

  4. That is so exciting--congrats! I loved doing Zumba but never felt like I had the guts to be a leader. It looked and sounded like a fabulous day!



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