Category Archives: Choreography

Zumba Gold Playlist

* El Marciano – Zumba – merengue
* Sugar On The Side – Blondie – rock/pop
* All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor – rock/pop
* Pasarela – Daddy Yankee – merengue
* Pusha Pusha – Zumba – axe
* Sabes Que Te Gusta Bailar – Zumba – swing
* Papa Loves Mambo – Perry Como – mambo
* Toul’Omry – Newal Al-Zoughbi – salsa–Middle Eastern fusion
* Bailando (English version) – Enrique Iglesias – flamenco
* Tangled Up – Caro Emerald – tango
* A Los Dos Menos Diez – Zumba – cumbia
* Cupid Shuffle – Cupid – Line Dance
* Love Then Gyal – Obie P – cooldown

This is my current Zumba Gold playlist. Enjoy!

Zumba L.A. convention, Zumba Sentao, and Zumba Step

I’ve been busy! I attended the Zumba instructor conference in Los Angeles in January–February 2014, where I certified for Zumba Sentao, a chair-based Zumba class:

Me sitting in a chair, wearing a Zumba top and convention nametag, holding the Zumba Sentao booklet and DVD box set

Zumba Sentao certification

There were over 3000 people there, most of them women, which means that the convention center had to repurpose some men’s restroom’s into women’s restrooms (you know you’re at an aerobics convention when they do this…):

Photo of a sign over a restroom door of an icon of a man, with a piece of paper taped over it that reads 'Women's Restroom'

Zumba “women’s” restroom

The weekend after the conference, I certified for Zumba Step. Zumba is launching this one big, and I can’t wait to get started on learning choreography and building a class!

“Zoot Suit Riot” by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (swing)

Listen/buy/sing along


1. Instrumental intro: Charleston

2. Verse: Side kicks, single single double, with both arms lifting up with the legs, hands flexed out

3. Chorus:
* Double hop R, double hop L (hitting forward angled right on 1 and 3, then left on 5 and 7), arms push forward, chest height, as you hop
* Monkey arms and circle heel kicks
* Switch sides

REPEAT 1–3 (but this one time, chorus will only go once right and left, not twice)

4. Instrumental hits: slow cross walk with music hits, then shorty George (alternating shoulder lifts) to switch sides, 4x total

5. Drums (call and response): 2 steps, arms out, flip hands down as you step on downbeat

REPEAT 2-3-4-5

BIG FINISH, with flapping hands!


I borrowed the chorus from Candy on YouTube. Thanks!

“We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool Vs. Dcup (pop)

Listen/Obtain/Sing Along

* Listen at YouTube
* Buy at (get the 3:28 version)
* Covered as “Bon, Bon” by Pitbull


* March and shimmy on the tootles

* Tap forward on 1, tap back on 3

* Tap becomes a knee up, tap back on 3


* Grapevine RL

INTERVAL 1: feet inching from side to side, palms out and swirling (or… freestyle!)

* SWITCH FEET; tap forward on 1, tap back on 3

* Knee forward on 1, tap back on 3

* Wide taps out; make bigger, add hops and arms


* Grapevine RL

* Grapevine R, spin back L

INTERVAL 3: feet inching from side to side, palms out and swirling (or… freestyle!)

* Kick front, kick side, ball change, pivot to switch sides

* Wide taps out

“Toul ‘Omry” by Nawal Al Zoughbi (belly dance/salsa)

Listen/obtain/sing along

* View a live performance at YouTube
* Buy at
* Lyrics and English-language translation at



* March
* Salsa side (0:20)

Verse 1

* Slow hip circles on R side for 1 phrase (0:29)
* Alt RL hip hits (0:38)
* Squat, SSD hand waves up (0:47)
* Salsa side, 1 phrase (0:55)

Verse 2

* Slow hip circles on L side for 1 phrase (1:05)
* Alt LR hip hits (1:14)
* Squat, SSD hand waves up (1:23)
* Salsa side 2 phrases (1:32)

Guitar solo interlude

* 4 steps side to side (1:50)


* Salsa side, 2 phrases (2:08)

Drum interlude

* Wide step toe tap with shoulder shimmies, 1 phrase (2:26)

Goes into…

* Alt RL hip hits (2:36)
* Squat, SSD hand waves up (2:45)
* Salsa side, 1 phrase (2:54)

Drums with singing

* Wide step toe tap with shoulder shimmies, 1 phrase (3:04)
* Salsa side, 1 phrase (3:13)
* Repeat as song fades (3:22 ff.)


This song appears on ZIN Mega Mix 20. The choreography is for the purchased version by the original artist.