Frequently Asked Questions

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Classes & Students

What is Zumba®?
Zumba Fitness® is a calorie-burning, Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that has grown to become the largest and most successful dance-fitness program in the world. The program offers a variety of classes for participants of all ages and fitness levels.

To read the Zumba story, visit: http://www.Zumba.com/en-US/about/

What is a typical Zumba® class like?
Zumba Fitness® classes are different from typical aerobic classes. First of all, there will be little verbal cueing. Instead, your instructor will use visual cues like pointing or hand gestures. The music is predominantly Latin-based: samba, salsa, cumbia, merengue, reggaton, etc., with many instructors adding a little belly dance, Bollywood and hip-hop. Some instructors will also include some current or classic dance-pop.

Classes will start with one or two “warm up” numbers before switching to a calorie-burning, sweat-inducing pace. The tempo of the music will change several times throughout the class with intervals of faster and slower rhythms. There will likely be a few brief “water breaks” during the class so students and the instructor (they sweat just as much as you do!) can rehydrate. Dance moves will include a lot of forward-and-back and lateral side-to-side movements, squats and lunges, changes in direction, arm toning moves, and hip and booty shaking. Your instructor will end the class with one or two “cool down” numbers.

Zumba Toning® classes are focused more on toning and strengthening the muscles of the body, and incorporate the use of toning sticks or hand weights.

How long is typical class?
Most of our classes are allotted an hour, but actual fitness time can run 50-55 minutes.

How old do you have to be to participate?

Children age 10 & over may participate in regular Zumba® classes. They must pay the regular adult price, stay in designated areas and must not impede an adult participant. However this is an ADULT CLASS, due to some music and movements of adult nature, parental discretion is advised.

Zumbatomic® and kids Hip Hop classes are designed for kids 4–12 years old.

How many calories will I burn at a Zumba® class?
Results differ from person to person and depending on the type of class you take (and how much you exert yourself) you could burn, on average, 600-800 calories an hour.

What if I’m out of shape and I can’t keep up?return to top

Zumba® classes are designed for participants of all ages and fitness levels, but a regular class is high-energy, so new students may have some trouble at first as they learn the steps and routines. Don’t get discouraged! Follow along as best you can and you’ll be keeping up in no time.

If you are recovering from an injury, you may want try out one of our low-impact classes. They have modified movements that are easier on the joints but still retain Zumba’s calorie-blasting workout.

Can I just try one class to see if I like it?

Absolutely! We offer different types of classes and instructor styles may vary, so we encourage our students to try a variety of classes to see which ones they like best.

Since we do not require any enrollment fees or contracts, it is easy for you to try out a class to see if it’s a good fit for you.

What should I wear/bring to class?

Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing that you don’t mind getting sweaty. Wear court type shoes or dance tennis shoes (with a smoother tread) and non-marking soles. DO NOT WEAR the TONE UP SHOES. Bring a towel and lots of water. Bring energy and smiles!

If it is raining, please carry in your athletic shoes and change into them after entering the studio. Wet or muddy shoes are not permitted on the dance floor.

Toning Classes:  bring toning sticks or light hand weights (3 lbs max).
Pilates & Abs Classes:  please bring a mat or a large towel to do floor work.
Cardio Kickboxing:  please bring a mat or a large towel to do floor work.

Can I bring my hand weights?
Due to the high-energy nature of Zumba®, we prefer if you do not bring hand weights to regular or low-impact classes. You may bring hand weights to Toning (or Zumba Fitness with Toning) classes, but they must have a rubberized or padded coating—No bare metal. Please limit hand weight size to 3 lbs each or smaller.

How early should I arrive for class?
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for class to ensure your spot. Student check-in closes at the start of class.
Students new to Ventura Danzar are encouraged to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to allow time to complete registration paperwork.

Do I need to sign in every time?return to top
Yes. Students must check in at the registration desk before every class they take. If you are taking two classes back-to-back you may check in for both classes at the same time.

Can I take more than one class a day?
Sure. However, we request that you listen to your body and don’t over exert yourself. If you are feeling overly tired, sore or overheated, don’t push it!

Can I preregister or sign up early for a class to reserve my spot?
Students can preregister for Master Classes and Special Events only. Space in classes are on a first-come, first-served basis; early registration or reservations are not available. We do not hold spots and every student must sign in for themselves (parents may sign in for their participating minor child).

How long until I see results?
Each person’s results will differ, but we recommend giving any program at least 6-9 months before you start seeing real changes.

When you start working out your body will go through a period of fluctuation. First few pounds you lose is water weight—this is not the real weigh loss and it’s not going to change your body significantly. Next, your body will start building muscles. At this point you may have started to lose body fat, but it won’t be significant losses, so you will still have a layer of fat over your muscles so your weight goes up and your clothes feel tighter. This is the point where people give up, and this is why. DON’T GIVE UP HERE! Your metabolism is changing and your new muscles start to use the fat as fuel and the weight starts to drop. This is when you start to see changes in your body.

Everyone is different. Some will see results in a short time while for others it takes longer. The key ingredients to a successful weight loss program are being CONSISTENT with your workout and your changing your eating habits. Just stick with it and you’ll see the results!

I’m just visiting the area, but miss my Zumba® classes back home. Can I take classes with you while I’m here?return to top
Absolutely! We love meeting Zumba® fans from all over! Our Single Class/Drop-In program is great for out-of-towners that want to keep up with their Zumba® workouts. No contracts or long-term commitments required. Just stop by and join the fun.

Pricing & Payments

How much do classes cost?
Most of our classes start at just $5.00 per class. Specialty classes (Master Classes, Jam Sessions, etc.) have different pricing that will be announced when the class is scheduled.

Do I have to sign a contract or pay a registration fee?
No. We do not require a membership contract or registration fees. We do require that you complete Student Registration and Waiver of Liability forms, but there are no fees for doing so. You can download Registration and Liability forms HERE.

What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks (drawn on a local bank), debit and credit cards at the studio. Debit and credit cards are accepted for online purchases and are processed via PayPal. A service fee of $25.00 will be charged for all NSF, returned or stop payment checks.

Can I pay for classes online?
You may purchase Multi-Class punch cards or subscribe to the Unlimited Zumba® program at the Studio or online.
Single Class/Drop-In fees can only be paid at the Studio.

What if I lose my Multi-class card?return to top
We’re sorry, but there are no refunds for Multi-Class Punch Cards. This also includes lost or stolen cards.

What if I lose my Unlimited Zumba® card?
Lost or damaged Unlimited Zumba® cards are replaceable. There is no replacement fee, but we do ask that you return damaged cards to obtain a replacement. Lost cards will be voided and you will receive a new member number with your new card.

Can I add I pay for more than one Unlimited Zumba subscription at the same time?
Yes. Subscription fees for the recipient can be added to your account and charged directly to you. If you would like to pay for a family member’s or friend’s subscription in addition to your own, please speak with our staff.

How do I cancel an Unlimited Zumba® card?
Unlimited Zumba® cards can be canceled with 30-days written notice. A cancellation request can be given in person at the studio or sent by US Mail, only. Cancellation requests sent via email, the form on our Contact page, Facebook posts/messaging, text or any other electronic method will not be accepted.

Subscriptions that are canceled within the first 90 days of activity will be voided immediately and assessed an additional $50.00 cancellation fee. Subscriptions that are canceled after the initial 90-day period will remain valid for 30 days after the date of your cancellation notice.

Can I get a refund for an error to my account?
Yes, however refunds are at the discretion of Ventura Danzar and are not guaranteed. You must come into the Studio to obtain a refund.

Other Questions

What does “Licensed Zumba® Instructor” mean?
A “Licensed Zumba® Instructor” has undergone training and has been officially sanctioned by Zumba Fitness, LLC to teach a specific type of Zumba Fitness® class. Each class type has its own training requirements and each is licensed separately. Several of our instructors are licensed to teach more than one type of Zumba® classes.

Zumba Instructors are not required to be “certified” and Zumba Fitness, LLC does not certify fitness instructors. However, many Zumba instructors have also undergone training to become AFAA® certified.

What is AFAA®?
The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) is an accredited fitness education organization that offers certification programs in a variety of fitness disciplines. Instructors are required to pass both written and practical exams to earn certification.

What is a “Master Class”?
A Zumba® Master Class are special event classes that usually run longer than the typical Zumba® class (often 1 1/2 to 2 hours) and often feature guest instructor(s). They do not require any special fitness skills and are open to students of all fitness levels.

What is a Jam Session?return to top
A Jam Session is an intensive three-hour instructional class designed for instructors and include one-on-one coaching in a group setting. Jam Sessions are open only to Zumba Instructors who are in good standing.

I sometimes have trouble finding childcare. Can I bring my kid(s) with me?
We are not licensed, insured, or staffed to supervise children and would prefer that you do not bring them with you unless they are participating in a class.

However, well-behaved children may accompany their parent or guardian to daytime classes. They must be supervised by parent or guardian at all times, must remain seated in the reception area and may conduct stationary activities (coloring, homework, etc).

Non-participating children are permitted only at the discretion of Ventura Danzar during evening classes (starting at 5pm or later). Parents/Guardians must consult with Ventura Danzar staff before bringing children to evening classes.