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I survived the Zumba Basic 1 Instructor Training!

2011 June 27

I have graduated from my Zumba Basic 1 Instructor Training which was held on 24 and 25 Jun 2011 at True Fitness Suntec City by Michael Thomas, the International Zumba Education Specialist!

In that 2 days, we started the day with a 1-hour session of Zumba Masterclass with Michael, followed by learning the steps to the four basic Zumba rhythms (merengue, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton)! We were all drilled with the basic steps and the variations by Michael and were called up to lead the class as we were practicing! In between the training on basic moves, we have some lectures sessions to learn about the origins of Zumba and the steps.

We also clarified how different Zumba is being licensed in Asia:

  • In Singapore, 2x ZIN CD releases are bundled with a ZIN training session at USD$60 SGD$160 once every 4 month and instructors will need to attend at least 2 out of 3 sessions each year to keep the instructor licence valid.
  • To conduct a Zumba lesson (except for one-off event or trial class), a licence of USD$150will be required for each location per month.
  • Instructors in Asia do not have a ZIN registration number, at least for now.

After we were taught the last bit on the Zumba Formula and how to communicate with the class, we were given a reggaeton track to choreograph our first Zumba routine in groups! Each group had to perform our Zumba Routine and everyone really enjoyed the whole experience! Though we are certified Zumba Instructors, most of us without group x background will need to work on our ability to cue participants to follow us during our routines.

Oh! By the way, I am not going to be a Zumba Instructor any time soon, ok? I still prefer to enjoy as a participant 🙂


12 Responses leave one →
  1. Deepa permalink
    August 3, 2011

    hi there, do you have any idea when will next zumba instructor training will be held in singapore?


  2. anne permalink
    August 7, 2011

    hi vic! im anne and im from the philippines. ive read about your story regarding zumba training. that was great! now im interested in applying zumba instructor training. can you please tell me how did you apply and what requirements do i need to complete. thanks!

  3. Victor TAN permalink*
    August 9, 2011

    Hi Deepa and Anne,

    Sorry for the late reply as I was away for holidays! Please write to Mike T at He will have the answers to your questions 🙂

  4. Deepa permalink
    August 9, 2011

    Thanks Victor!

  5. anne permalink
    August 13, 2011

    alright, thanks!

  6. anne permalink
    August 15, 2011

    hello! how did you apply for the training? registration? requirements? thanks!

  7. Genny permalink
    October 6, 2011

    Hi! May I know how did u know of the Zumba Basic 1 Instructor Training? Was it listed on the Zumba website? Was trying to check but Singapore is not listed there. Thanks

  8. Victor TAN permalink*
    October 6, 2011

    Hi all,

    It’s not listed on the Zumba Website. Please do write to to request for more information as they are the Zumba licencee for Singapore.

    Hope this helps!

  9. Genny permalink
    October 7, 2011

    thanks Victor. hope they reply soon

  10. Genny permalink
    October 11, 2011

    Hi victor. Can u pm me roughly how much the 2 day training cost? Would like to be prepared as i am a mother of 3. If not the exact figure maybe a ballpark figure will do. Appreciate ur response. or even reply here will do. Thanks

  11. Jon permalink
    July 6, 2012

    HI Victor

    can you share after the 2 days of training in zumba, what is the certification done? was there a test done and evaluated by the same instructor? what is the criteria in giving out the instructor license?


  12. Evelyn Chua permalink
    May 14, 2013


    Need help to look for a fitness instructor (Zumba) for our ladies’ organisation.
    Would appreciate help.

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