Zumba Certification

Grandma Shellie 2May, 2006-

I am a  Coach, Author, Speaker specializing in Senior Health & Fitness, always searching to add new modalities to my program.  I love music and dance and appreciate their healing benefits.  I want to become a Certified ZUMBA FITNESS INSTRUCTOR, to further  support seniors to have fun while exercising and achieving a healthier, pain-free body.

In May, 2006, I completed the ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION WEEKEND WITH BETO. I’d like to share my experience with you.

The Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, hosted the event. I was so excited- I’d be training for 2 days with Beto, the very talented choreographer, who brought ZUMBA FITNESS to the U.S.

I’ve been a dancer all my life, and thought the Zumba Fitness Certification weekend would be a piece of cake. NO PROBLEM!! Born and raised in NY, everyone was a dancer and we never took lessons. We were called ‘street dancers’, and you know what I mean if you are one.

In the early days of Zumba Fitness, Instructor Trainings took place over a 2 day period, Saturday and Sunday and there was little instruction, mostly dancing for hours.  I was pre-registered- signed in, picked up my packet, gift and name tag. I was so excited to be taking this training with Beto, that I didn’t notice how many size 3 bodies or the very young age of most of the participants. It wasn’t until the weekend had begun as I looked around, I saw that I was  the ‘OLDEST-SOON-TO-BE-ZUMBA-INSTRUCTOR’ in the room. At that time, I was 67 years old.

There were both men and women in the training, most of whom were of Hispanic background, very beautiful and very young. I was the oldest person in the room. There were also dancers from all around the globe. Most of the participants have grown up with this music and dance and spoke Spanish. All I could say was, Hola!!

Most ZUMBA FITNESS classes are 1hr in length.  After the first hour at the training, we continued to dance. We danced and danced and danced, had lunch, had breaks, and danced and danced and danced. All I could think about was, “I can’t feel my legs. How am I going to get up to my hotel room on these feet.”

Even when I was a younger dancer, much, much, younger, I danced for 3-4hrs and was fine. Nothing hurt and I could always feel my legs. My legs were sore and numb. “How am I going to return tomorrow? was my concern. I needed a massage desperately, but there was no massage therapist around.

I had a little more water to drink, sat for an hour and watched the other dancers standing, talking and laughing. No one else was sitting. I was reminded that I recommend Epsom Salts to my clients. 2 cups in their bath after their massage prevents inflammation and reduces pain. It was time for the Wellness Coach to follow her own advice. The challenge was  to locate a pharmacy and the second challenge was to get my body there.

Walgreen’s, across from the hotel, saved the day and my aching body. The human spirit is undaunting, isn’t it, when we’re faced with a challenge? We can do anything,  if we are committed to the result.  Hooray for Epsom Salts. Ooooh! Ahhhh! was all I could say, as I submerged every cell into the healing waters.

Before my magic potion was infused into my bath water, I didn’t think I could continue the training. I didn’t think I could  dance one more Zumba Fitness routine. Yet, I knew I was not a quitter and I would not leave without my Certification. I was determined to finish the weekend, even if I took frequent breaks.

After an hour in the tub, I would soon discover whether my legs would allow me to continue my Zumba Certification Weekend or whether I’d be calling room service for dinner. Wow! I feel great!! I’m starving. Cuban food here I come. I walked to a local Cuban Restaurant and had a wonderful dinner.

I completed my training weekend and was awarded my Zumba Fitness Certificate. I was so proud of myself, a granny who kept dancing with her ‘grandkids’ was now a Zumba Fitness Instructor. I earned this weekend, for sure!!

August, 2012-

The good news for all of you interested in becoming a Zumba Instructor, is that ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) consolidated the training to One-Day. In the One Day Workshop, we dance, we have workshops, we learn new steps and new dances and we learn to choreograph a song.

I have been teaching for more than 7 yrs now and continue taking classes to update my skills.


Click here to visit my website to purchase Zumba Gold Fitness DVD set

July, 2014







*People from all over the world have convinced me to help them duplicate my success in their own Health & Fitness business
*I have taken on the role of HEALTH & FITNESS BUSINESS CONSULTANT  to help people become SUCCESSFUL in their own business, whether you’re a group fitness instructor, massage therapist, health coach or public speaker.
*I have developed successful Health & Fitness businesses everywhere I’ve lived in the U.S. and became a very visible figure in a very short time
*I am one of the most well-known seniors in the Health & Fitness industry coast-to-coast
*I am no longer actively teaching Zumba Fitness classes and no longer a member of the ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network).
*If you are interested in becoming a SUCCESSFUL fitness instructor, massage therapist, health coach or public speaker, part-time or full time, and want to become well-known in your field AND paid top dollar, I am available to coach you in that direction.
*I coach YOU, by appointment only, by phone, email and/or internet and my fees are paid by Paypal.
*Anyone can become certified or licensed (http://www.zumba.com) but not everyone can become WELL-KNOWN AND SUCCESSFUL in your own business.


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42 thoughts on “Zumba Certification

  1. Hi!

    I was “googling” the internet for ZUMBA (I Love it – have a Zumba instructor that is fantastic).

    I want to send my instructor, Mariko, to get her Zumba Fitness Certificate.

    Can you direct me to the source to get this information. The ladies in our class want to give this to her for a gift. Thanks! Barbara from Palm Desert CA.

  2. Shellie, you have an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm for life. You truly live life fully. You have been and continue to be a great leader, coach, inspiration and mentor. You have so much to offer the world in the realm of Health and Well-Being! What a great Wellness Coach!!! If you are looking for a role model, someone who walks their talk, Shellie’s the one!

  3. hola estoy muy interesada en sacar la certificacion en zumba podrian ayudarme y decirme que es lo que tengo que hacer?

    gracias en verdad me interesa.

  4. Hola! me gustaria saber que salida laboral tiene este tipo de clases en U.K.. Me gustaria hacer el curso para poder obtener el certificado y dar clases de Zumba aca pero no estoy segura si tiene salida laboral y el curso es un poco elevado para mi en estos momentos. Tengo 36 anos y soy instructora de aerobic, areo-latino entre otras disiplinas pero no he tenido el gusto de dar clases aqui todabia ya que mi certificacion es de Argentina y por lo que tengo entendido , no me sirve para trabajar aca. Tampoco cuento con tiempo como para hacer un instructorada de uno o mas anos ya que tengo 3 hijos y trabajo 35 hs semanales en otro rubro que no es el mio presisamennte. Agradezco cualquier informacion que pueda ayudarme a vivir de lo que amo y he tenido la suerte de poder hacer por muchos anos antes de llegar aca hace ano y medio. Gracias

  5. hola estoy interesada en tomar clases de zumba y que me den un certificado les agradesere cordial mente liliana.

  6. quisiera poder tomar la sertificasion de zumba megustaria saver cuando tienes y en donde quisiera poder implementalo en mi paiz que es guatemala tengo 17 años de ser maestro de baile latino y salsa cubana tres años de ser campeon de salsa en mi paiz te agradesco tu respuesta porfa

    • Hello and thank you for your interest in becoming a Zumba instructor. Look at zumba.com for information about teaching/taking classes in Guatemala and other countries. Shellie

  7. I am a active 75 year old grandmother living in Central Florida. I would like to buy a Zumba DVD for under $20 but all I can find on line is the big set for $59.95 which I cannot afford. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Susan

  8. Hola!!Mira yo no soy para nada gordita pero quisiera saber si esto de zumba tambien es para mantener en forma a la gente como yo q mi peso es de 100 libras o maxmo he llegado a 105 libras..he escuchado mucho q esto es para bajar de pero yo no quiero bajar de peso, y queria saber si tambien uno lo puede hacer para mantener el cuerpo de uno duro, osea no teniendolo todo aguado aun siendo de pocas libras??Tambien quisiera saber una direccion exacta en miami y los precios q tienen x clases…de antemano millon d gracias!!

  9. hola como esta yo quisiera dar clases de zumba y obtener la certificacion ahora resivo las clases pero yo kisiera ser instructora ahora para irme a mexico y practicarlo alla por favor si me resulven el problema,GRACIAS

  10. Hi Shellie, I’m 66 years young and have just started Zumba lessons. I love it. I’m encouraged that this
    will help me to take off the pounds that I have gained.
    Any tips you could give me, a young-at-heart, if not in
    age person would be appreciated!


    • Hi Joan, thanks for your comment and sorry for the delay in responding to you. I recommend that you dance at least 3x/week. If you can dance at home, buy the CD that I sell for $15 plus shipping and you’ll have the perfect music whenever you want to dance. Happy Zumba days, Shellie

  11. Shellie;
    Hi, it’s 12-03-10 and I have Parkinsons and I was wondering if I could do the Zumba Gold Dance Routines. I live here in WV and in my small town we do not have Zumba instructors. Has A DVD been developed for Zumba Gold? If not, have you thought about making one? Please respond back at my email address. Thanks for your time.

    • Hi Debbie, thank you for your interest in Zumba Gold. There is no Zumba Gold DVD available and as a member of Zumba Instructor Network, we cannot make our own DVDs. However, There is a regular Zumba DVD available for $25 that I can send you if interested. You can adapt the steps to fit your needs. Let me know if you are interested and you can pay via PayPal.

    • Hi Debbie, thanks for your comment. Everyone can do some part of the zumba Gold dance routines, even if they are limited in some way. There is no DVD for Zumba Gold. However, there are DVDs for regular Zumba, which is much faster. I’ll keep you in mind when I learn of a Gold DVD.

  12. I am interested in getting a zumba gold dvd for our mobile home park clubhouse. I can’t find one. Can you help?

    • Hi Ginger and thank you for your interest in Zumba Gold. There is no Zumba Gold DVD available for purchase right now. You can purchase several regular Zumba DVDs on my website and enjoy it with your friends. Let me know which ones you want. Shellie


  14. Enjoyed soooo much your profile…I’m from Peru just taking Zumba classes and thinking in becoming Certifide….I’m in California close to San Francisco in Berkeley to be more exact.Would like to know if u can help me in how to get the certificate here. Thanks so very muchXo Denise

    • Hi Denise and thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that I can make a difference in the lives of women like yourself. You Go Girl and do what makes your heart sing!! You don’t have to be perfect. It’s OK to make mistakes. Your love for dance and your willingness to teach will be more powerful than whether you do a routine perfectly. You can become licensed anywhere in the world to teach Zumba. Go to Zumba.com and pull down the menu along the top to become an instructor. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Blessings, Shellie

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