Best Zumba classes in Canberra

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Looking for a fun way to exercise? Why not sign up for Zumba classes?

Zumba combines Latin and international music with an energising and effective workout. You’ll find this hugely popular dance and fitness program like exercising at a party. Even better, you can join most Zumba classes as a beginner.

Before you get moving in your Zumba dance workout, make sure you choose a reputable studio that’s right for you.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a Zumba studio, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great Zumba class?

Choosing the right Zumba class can make or break your experience. You don’t just want any Zumba class. You want a great Zumba class that inspires you to return to time and again.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a Zumba class.

  • Instructors. You’ll want experienced instructors who know how to make you dance your heart out. This means choosing the type of instructor who motivates you to get fit while having fun. The best instructors have loads of Zumba class experience.
  • Fitness levels. Choose a Zumba studio with classes for your fitness level. You may be a newbie or a student who has been dancing Zumba for years. Whatever your level, you’ll want an instructor who is interested in monitoring your progress.
  • Reputation. Not all Zumba studios operate at the same level. Also, not all Zumba classes are top-notch. This means you’ll want to select a Zumba studio with a fantastic reputation for being safe and fun. Check online reviews and don’t be afraid to ask or references from current or former members.
  • Competitive pricing. You don’t want to overpay for your Zumba classes so look for competitive pricing. Check pricing online or talk to the studio. You can also ask about bulk purchase discounts or group discounts if you have others who want to get fit.
  • Insured and certified. Great Zumba classes have instructors who keep a close eye on students, but sometimes accidents happen. You’ll therefore want to check if your Zumba studio is fully insured. Also, it’s wise to check that instructors are certified and experienced.

The best Zumba classes in Canberra

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Zumba with Naomi

Zumba with Naomi is a fun, dance-inspired fitness class for every body. Each class incorporates cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. There are no wrong moves! Naomi designs playlists for high-intensity, interval-like workouts with cardio and strength endurance training.

On Google, Naomi Wolfe wrote, “You've got to try Zumba at least once, but be warned ... it really can be just a little addictive ... Naomi is high energy, super fun, highly skilled, and so inspiring, professional, kind and inclusive.”

Subsdance Dance Studio

Subsdance Dance Studio offers Zumba classes that can be tailored for different schedules. The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that is mind-blowing. Join the Zumba party and lose weight and tone muscle, while learning funky dance moves. All skill levels welcome.

Tim Prince wrote on Google, “I dance like a drunken giraffe. Thankfully this studio is accepting of people like me. Great fun atmosphere ...”

Fernwood Fitness Phillip

Fernwood Fitness in Phillip combines Zumba’s fun fitness-party vibe, with the strengthening powers of a step aerobics class. Regular Zumba classes provide a total body workout. Zumba Step classes increase cardiovascular fitness, burn calories and tone and sculpt legs and core. Zumba Gold classes are lower intensity and focus on range of motion and coordination. Zumba Toning classes define muscles.

On Google, Leandi Ross wrote, “Beauty, fitness and personalised service. The best women’s only gym in Woden.”

Kokoloco Dance Studio

Kokoloco Dance Studio offers entry-level Zumba for beginners and experienced Zumba dancers. High-energy instructors run super fun classes combining Latin rhythms with cardio exercise. Participants burn fat, tone and sculpt the body. Kokoloco Dance Studio’s Zumba fitness incorporates different styles of dancing, including Salsa, Samba and Flamenco.

Cara Grady wrote on Google, “I struggled to find somewhere I could dance in my adult years and Kokoloco has been such a great addition to my life. The studio is so inclusive ...”

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If you’re looking for more information on fitness opportunities in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, best gyms, best personal trainers, and best dance studios Canberra has to offer.

Your Experience with Zumba Classes in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the Zumba classes listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Zumba class cost?

The cost of a Zumba class varies. Many factors are involved, including the type of studio, experience of instructors and location. Other factors include interest in buying multiple classes in advance. It’s best to check with studios online or by email or phone to explore pricing.

Is Zumba good for weight loss?

Zumba classes are great for weight loss. Zumba gets your cardio pumping. You can burn calories, lose fat and increase your strength and fitness level. Some statistics say a mid to high-intensity Zumba dance workout can burn up to 900 calories in an hour. Not all Zumba classes are equal, however. You might get more of a workout with some classes than others.

What if I’ve never done Zumba before?

It’s OK if you’ve never done Zumba before. The best Zumba studios cater for all levels of fitness, not just for beginners.

How many times a week should I attend a Zumba class?

The number of times a week you should attend a Zumba class depends on several factors. First, how much time you have. Second, your budget. Many experts say dancing your way through a Zumba workout two to three times a week is fantastic.

Can I get injured doing Zumba?

It’s possible to get injured in a Zumba class—as it is with any exercise or fitness regime—especially if you’re a newcomer. Some common Zumba injuries are ankle sprains, hamstring injuries and calf injuries. To avoid injuries, it’s best to have an experienced instructor who keeps an eye out for you. That’s an instructor who has positive references.

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Anonymous Person9:43 am 05 Mar 20

If you want high quality Zumba in Canberra look no further than Zumba with Naomi at the Canberra Dance Theatre in Civic. It is on at Wednesdays 7.30pm or Sundays 4pm.

Amazingly fun, high energy, gorgeous choreography and the most welcoming, encouraging teacher to guide you from beginner to advanced.

I am just a participant, no financial interest, just have been so impressed I wanted to share. You can find Zumba with Naomi on Facebook or Google the Canberra Dance Theatre.

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