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How Can I Get Past Zumba Releases?

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I get this questions all of the time so I decided it was time to write a post about it.

In short, you can’t.

New Zumba Instructors often feel limited by the amount of music/choreography that they start out with, but we were all in that same boat at one time or another so us more seasoned instructors understand your frustrations.

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The problem is it is a direct violation of your ZIN license agreement to share music or choreography albums/DVDs even with other instructors an members of the Zumba Instructor’s Network. That’s a large reason why I started entering the song titles from each album here on my site, so even though you can’t buy the Zumba album, you can at least find out what songs were on it, and in the case of remade songs you are still able to purchase the original song and go from there. Lots of times you might know the accompanying choreographing from taking classes so there is no stopping you from using it in that manner, but as instructors we can’t lend you our CD’s or DVD’s, nor can we make copies of them for you.

Having said that, I’m sure there are people who do share their music, I’m just not one of them. So if the thought has crossed your mind to email or message me and ask me for a song I’ll spare you the trouble – I’m not going to share it with you. Sorry.

The way it was explained to me, is that Zumba licenses the music on each CD for a certain number of copies for instructors. And once that amount is issued that it it. If they were to offer back copies they would have to continue paying new fees for licensing on older releases making it much more expensive, and therefore we’d end up paying more. I don’t know if that’s exactly how it goes, but that’s how I understood it.

As we all know, the music only makes up one part of the class, you could have all of the best music available and still be a terrible instructor, so my advice is to use what you’ve got, and then find some other songs (from previous ZIN’s that you can purchase the originals of or just songs you like that fit the Zumba mould) and go from there. Before you know it you’ll have more choreography than you know what to do with!

P.S. Don’t forget, there is extra choreo available on the ZIN site for specialties too that you can use if you’re into those.

Have fun creating!

xoxo,

Suzi

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