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Zumba Virgins Survival Guide

Written by Sanae Shea

**This is a flash giveaway post!  Find out how you win a FREE 10-class punchcard for adult Zumba classes at KRave Underground in Kearney! Scroll to the bottom for details!**

Written By:  Sanae Shea @ Zumba with Sanae

Are you intrigued by Zumba but too intimidated to try a class? No worries. I’ve got your back. Zumba Fitness is more than an exercise class, it is an experience. Empowering, addicting, good for your soul and it burns a ton of calories! These 8 steps will give you the confidence you need to shake your way back into shape.

1.  Arrive a little early and introduce yourself to the instructor. Tell her you are a newbie. She will give you a few tips and calm your nerves.


2.  Bring a friend. You will have so much fun laughing at/with each other that you won’t even care if you don’t know what you are doing.

3.  Dress for success. Flashy Zumba tanks and tassel pants aren’t required but you will need a proper pair of tennis shoes. Preferably without a heavy tread. If you are on the busty side, double up on the sports bra! And if you’ve had a couple of babies, visit the potty before class.

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4.  Don’t get hung up on the feet. You will figure out the basic steps after a few classes. In the mean time, take out the arms or take out the feet if you are struggling with a step. When in doubt, march it out but no matter what KEEP MOVING!

5.  So you are of the anal sort and want to follow your instructor step by step? Forget about left, right, right and wrong. Imagine you are looking in a mirror and the instructor is your reflection.  Mirror her movements whether she is facing the class or facing away. If she grapevines to the side door, you move to the side door. If she walks towards you, you walk towards her.

6.  Zumba is not your mom’s aerobics class! Don’t let the unstructured party atmosphere of a Zumba class freak you out. Seasoned instructors will face the class, move around and possibly even let their experienced students take the stage. What you won’t find her doing is counting and verbally cueing every step. Relax, feel the music and go with the flow. And FYI, Zumba moves and music can get a little spicy. If getting your sexy back makes you uncomfortable, you might want to stick to your mom’s aerobics class.

7.  The secret in the bootie shake is all in your head. In order to free your body, you must free your mind. Practice at home. Stand in front of a mirror and pretend your feet are glued to the floor. Now imagine a mouse running up your leg. What would you do? You would be shaking your tushy off that’s what! And that’s how you shake in Zumba class. So go ahead and shake what your mama gave ya!

8.  Not all instructors are created equal. Each and every instructor has his/her own unique style and that is the beauty of Zumba. I encourage you to test out as many classes as possible until you find one you like. Visit the Zumba website to find a class near you. Search for instructors who belong to ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) and have multiple licenses. These instructors are serious about what they do and have the most training. They are more likely to provide you with a quality Zumba experience. 

Visit my website for a complete list of FAQ and more information about Zumba Fitness. There are many fall sessions starting soon so this is the perfect time to get started. Chances are you won’t be the only Zumba virgin in class.

See you on the dance floor!

What intimidates you about Zumba? What do you love? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in to win a FREE 10-class punchcard for adult Zumba classes at KRave Underground in Kearney!  For a second chance, simply hit “like” on this post and be sure to tell us you “liked” it.  Winner will be chosen at random.  Deadline to enter is this Friday at 4pm.  We’ll announce the winner at 5pm on Friday, August 24.  

Good Luck!

About the author

Sanae Shea

Sanae Shea is a girly girl living in a house full of men…1 husband, 3 sons and new puppy named Ted. When she’s not busy with her boys, you’ll find her teaching Zumba Fitness classes at several locations throughout Kearney. She is also a skin care consultant for RX Skin Therapy at USave Pharmacy in Kearney. Learn more about Sanae at


  • What intimidates me the most is thinking I won’t get the movements down and being the “newbie” in class. What I love about it would be the shaping of the muscles and losing a little weight. I also “liked” the page and hoping I win cause I would love to try Zumba and becoming fit again.
    Thank You

    • I LOVE Zumba and it was hard at first until I decided that I didn’t care how I looked, so long as I shook what my mama gave me to tone up. I SO need to just go to class. I know the first time I walk in will stick.

      • The hardest part about working out is getting yourself to the gym! Or Zumba class in this case! 🙂

    • Paige….my KRave classes would be perfect for you. We are a small intimate group that has a lot of fun. It’s dark and no mirrors 🙂 Perfect for the newbie!

    • The beauty of Zumba is that it’s okay if you aren’t doing the steps perfectly. If you look around the room not two people are doing it exactly the same. Even if you put two instructors side by side, they will be totally different. If you give it a shot, I think you will find it’s less intimidating than many other classes where the class is moving in unison. Zumba is about self-expression and getting your groove on!!! 🙂

  • I’ve never done Zumba before but I have always wanted to try it. I guess what is most intimidating is I don’t know what I’m doing! I would love to find a fun form of exercise to lose this baby weight!

    I like the post on facebook too.

  • I think the most intimidating thing to me is walking into a new situation, not knowing anyone or what to expect…but that’s just the introvert in me 🙂 It looks like fun though!

  • I loved Zumba with Sanae – when I went. I’m scared to start again b/c I am so out of shape. It’s hard to find a class that fits my crazy schedule. I want something after lunch, before school gets out.
    PICK ME!!

    • My UNK class would be perfect timing for you but it is only open to faculty, staff and students. There is a Facebook group called Zumba Fitness in Central Nebraska. You might be able to post a request on there. Or….go to and do a class search. We can’t get back into shape just thinking about it! 🙂 Just gotta go for it!

  • I LOVE Zumba–I do it at my house–I feel like I’m flopping about sometimes with no smooth moves and other times think that parts of my body are shaking when they’re not supposed to, but it’s a good workout and is sure to get the heart rate up and the scale numbers down:) PICK ME:)

  • I LOVE Zumba but haven’t done it in 2 years. We had it in our building at work and it was tons of fun and convenient since it started at 5:15 I had no excuse not to go. But she was no longer able to conduct the class in our building. I loved how Zumba works all parts of your body and it started to help with my abs. It was hard at first to learn the movies but once you get the basic steps down it is easy to just jump into.

  • What intimidates me is being the oldest one there and trying to do moves my body won’t let me do. I also feel stupid being the newbie. I would love to try it sometime to tone up. I also liked this post on Facebook.

  • Remember that you won’t always be the newbie, so shake it like you mean it! Pretty soon, you’ll be doing the samba like it’s nothing. Like on FB.

  • I am intimidated by the other people in my class and in thinking that I do not do any of the moves right. I do love the fun, up beat, not-your-moms aerobic class. I think that if I can get a friend or two to go, it will get better! And maybe after a few more classes it will get easier as well.

    Oh and I liked it on Facebook, yay ZUMBA!!!

  • I did Zumba a few years ago and LOVED it but stopped because it didn’t fit into my schedule. Where can you find out about the different Zumba classes around Kearney?

    • Kelli, if you go to and do a class search using our zip code an entire list of classes in our area will pop up. There should be many classes listed for you to choose from. Good luck. Hope you find one that works!

  • I LOVE Zumba, and Sanae is awesome! I love to dance and when I found out about zumba about 5 years ago I have been doing it every chance I get. I love classes with Sanae because she gets everyone excited and participating! She goes at a fast and fun pace and knows what she is doing! 🙂 I love the energy of the class, and I love when everyone is excited and into it! When you are a newbie, you have to remember to just have fun and not care about the people around you. The people around you are glad that you joined and everyone was a newbie at one point in time! Liked on FB.

  • Thank you for all the comments!! I love hearing from past and present students! Congrats to Sharon for winning a free KRave 10-class punchcard. You aren’t going to be a newbie for long!!

    I just spent the entire day at a Zumba training in Omaha. Our trainer was the famous Kass Martin. Here she is on “The View” (her segment starts at 2:20 in this video) .

    So now I am even more pumped up and energized for my Fall classes to start. I can’t wait to see ALL of you on the dance floor!! 🙂

    PS. If you own the video game, Kass is on the cover! I learned so much from her today!

  • Yeah! I won! Thanks. I think I am a little scared, but am excited. What do I need to do to get my punch card?
    Thanks again!