Zumba® Exercise for Kids
Zumba®, the zesty workout based around Latin and international music, also offers certifications to teach Zumbatomic classes, designed for children between the ages of three and 12.
Zumbatomic® classes are dynamic fitness-parties that offer real results, contained with specifically choreographed routines and the latest music kids love to groove to in a group, such as hip-hop, reggae and cumbia. Zumbatomic® is a non-competitive way to increase their metabolism, boost their confidence, strengthen their focus and enhance coordination.
A Fun-filled Workout for the Family
Parents aware of Zumba®’s benefits prefer Zumbatomic® because of the great effects it has on their kids.
Zumbatomic® classes boost focus and self-esteem and increase the metabolism and improve coordination. It’s more than just a great reason to participate in a healthy activity. Along with fitness, Zumbatomic classes offer a fun family experience as well.
Kids love the music as they shake and wiggle and have a blast with their friends. So why not get fit while they’re into it? This course teaches you how to fuse the Zumba program’s exciting formula with the psychology and physiology relevant to teaching kids. You’ll learn how to modify Zumba® moves to get optimal results and receive tips on discipline and class management.
Zumba® for kids teaches coordination, cardiovascular exercise for fun exhilarating Latin music. The Zumbatomics® class can be conducted with just a group of children or with parents and children both.
Zumbatomic® rounds out family fitness goals by giving parents a great reason to head to the gym or have fun at home with the at home Zumbatomic® workout videos.
Children between the ages of three and five usually have low attention spans but lots of energy and impressive dancing skills. Zumba® does not require any previous dance experience for kids.
- Start with a lighter tone of music as Zumba® should feel more like a party than a lesson
- Teach children a song one by one, going over the steps until they are comfortable and can remember most movements. Let them choose their favorite music to dance to
- Begin your lesson by stretching to slow Latin music as you discuss the dance you want to share
Some Basic Tips for Choreography
- Choreography must be simple. Slow the steps down and give intermittent pauses where you can remind them of what’s next
- Use the four Zumba® basics: meringue, cumbia, salsa and raggeaton dance moves; integrate children-friendly exercises such as big jumps, jumping jacks and karate chops
- Use musical queues to remind your dancer when the movement is varying. Include animal movements or familiar characters to engage the child’s imagination while he/she is dancing. If you notice a movement is too difficult, change it
- A sample dance for a meringue, one of the four basic Zumba® rhythms, might include marching during the beginning of the song
- Add simple arm movements by putting both arms straight out to the side and bending one arm in at a time
- If the music has any pauses, use them to stop for two beats then jump straight up. Land while making a funny face and turn to the right
- Repeat the sequence facing the right side of the room then turn right again. Repeat until you are facing the front of the room again
- March with arm movements until the song ends
Objectivity and Benefits
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education suggests preschoolers should get 60 minutes per day in physical activities. Structured dance classes like Zumba® help kids with cognitive growth, social awareness, physical development and emotional maturity, according to the National Dance Education Organization. Make your lesson time fun by giving lots of positive feedback and keeping the atmosphere more playful than strict. If your preschooler's attention is fading, take a break. Kids like to copy your behavior at this age; if you’re having fun, she will too.
Requirements to Teach Zumbatomic®
Anyone who wants to conduct classes as a professional must be a certified Zumba® instructor.
Nevertheless, if you are well-acquainted with a few basic Latin moves, you won’t need a certificate to teach your child Zumba® exercises at home. All you’re going to need is about 30 minutes, a lot of patience, energy to burn and a love for Zumba®.