Who are NYC's best Zumba instructors of the year? If you're the grape-vining, hip-thrusting, Latin-loving type, you might want to shimmy on over to one of these fun-loving instructors' classes. Ay ay ay!
(Z Club NY, Equinox)
The second he starts moving, it's evident that this Julliard-trained dancer knows his stuff. Chris has a loyal Z Club following, and rightfully so. He's got great energy and his routines are easy to follow. His mantra: "When there's nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire."
[Check out Chris' RYB profile, or review one of his classes.]
(The Sports Club/LA)
Francesca started her dancing career shortly after moving to the U.S. from Italy, as a backup dancer on Mariah Carey's world tour. Over the years, she's danced with the likes of Whitney Houston, George Michael, Jay-Z, and others. Your Majesty Lalla Salma, Queen of Morocco, had even handpicked Francesca to be her personal dance and fitness teacher. Yikes! This girl is the real deal.
(Power Pilates, Lucille Roberts)
This past summer, Ronnie was one of the guest instructors at the Dekalb Market's Zumba Fitness Party in Brooklyn. His fans describe him as a great instructor with high energy and lots of personality (no surprise there, judging by his profile photo).
[Check out Ronnie's RYB profile, or review one of his classes.]
(New York Sports Club)
There ain't no stopping CiCi. She's got rhythm, and her routines show it. Her classes are a blast, and she's got a strong fan base.
[Check out Cicelia's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
Jamie is a fun-loving guy whose great vibe just consumes his classroom. He has a knack for creating fun routines and his students LOVE him, probably because he's an all-around cool guy who makes you feel like you're his new best friend.
[Check out Jamie's RYB profile, or review one of his classes.]
(Body Elite Health & Fitness, Slope Fitness)
Daisy's class is proof that Zumba is a real workout. You'll sweat and burn and get a total body ass-kicking in her classes.
[Check out Daisy's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
(Equinox, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center)
Ben is a pro. Literally. He's been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and even ballroom dancing. His students love him, and he's been featured on Fox News, NBC, and in The New York Times.
[Check out Ben's RYB profile, or review one of his classes.]
Christina does a great job of deviating from the standard-issue Zumba routines that can make a class feel stale. The Haiwaiian native started her fitness career hula dancing and competing in hula competitions. In addition to teaching at Equinox, she runs UpBeat Studio.
[Check out Christina's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
Amanda's classes aren't for the uncoordinated. Her routines can get complicated, but once you have them down they're fun. She's high-energy and and her classes are high-intensity.
[Check out Amanda's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
(Z Club NY)
This Guadeloupe native is a ball of sunshine. Edmee is super passionate about dance. She's a former Equinox manager and one of the co-founders of Z Club, which now attracts about 1,400 Zumba-loving people a month.
[Check out Edmee's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
(CLAY Health Club + Spa, Reebok Sports Club)
Gigi is a lean, mean Zumba machine. And if you can't tell by her hotness, she's also a model (and actress). Who wouldn't do Zumba to look like that?
[Check out GiGi's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
(Z Club NY, Roy Arias Dance Studio)
Irena has a ton of glowing reviews on RateYourBurn, and fans say her Zumba class is like no other. Her classes tend to be more choreographed than your average class, so they're recommended for the more advanced Zumba-goers or those who have a dance background. Students find her classes fun and high-energy. One reviewer even went so far as to call her "the Jililan Michaels of Zumba."
[Check out Irena's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
3. Emily Naim
(Equinox, Reebok Sports Club, The Sports Club/LA, Z Club NY)
Emily is dirty, and her students love her for it! Her tough-girl persona just melts away as soon as she starts to dance. She's an amazing dancer and is totally inspiring to those who may feel a little timid about shaking their booty. Her routines are fun and will leave you in a sweaty mess.
[Check out Emily's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
(New York Sports Club)
An actress by day and a Zumba fitness instructor by night, Nikole will leave you sweaty and wanting more...Zumba, that is. Her classes are fun and some of the more popular ones at NYSC.
[Check out Nikole's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
(New York Sports Club)
Tops is Kara Doyle. Her energy is contagious, and she has inspired others to get their own Zumba certifications as well. The investment-banker-turned-group-fitness-instructor struggled with her own weight for most of her life and while she was a fan of group fitness, it was the last thing she thought she had the guts to teach. Her classes are truly amazing and must be experienced by all.
[Check out Kara's RYB profile, or review one of her classes.]
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