Rita Cohen

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Since Jun 2009

Location

Virginia Beach
VA US

About Me

I am a native of Accra, the capital of Ghana, in West Africa. Though I have been living in the USA for most of life, it is my African roots and my earliest memories of African drumming that I invoke whenever I do/teach Zumba®. I fell in love with the Zumba® Fitness program 8 years ago, when I became bored with going to the gym and was looking for a new way to work out. Well, I ditched the workout and joined the party in no time! I am now hooked for life and there is no way you can get me on a treadmill again! 

I bring a very diverse background with me to Zumba®: I am a classically trained opera singer with more than a decade of professional experience behind me (B.A in Music from the University of VA & M.M. in Music from the Manhattan School of Music); speak many languages fluently, including Spanish; have taken several years of Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, and Belly Dancing; and have a genuine love and appreciation for the arts in general. I am also an AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) certified Group Fitness instructor. This allows me to be informed about all of the latest fitness innovations, while insuring that I not only teach a fun but also a safe and effective fitness class. I LOVE the Zumba® Fitness program because it has dramatically changed my life for the better.  Come party with me at my fitness studio, Fitness In Rhythm, and check out my Facebook page

As a Zumba Jammer™, I travel a lot, so catch me at a ZIN Jam™ Session and/or master class near you!  If you'd like to host me for a Jam Session, just send me a message!

Qualifications

  • Zumba® Convention 2011Zumba® Convention 2011
    Attended Zumba® Instructor Convention 2011
  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba Basic 2Zumba Basic 2
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba ToningZumba Toning
    License to teach body-sculpting techniques using Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
  • Zumba GoldZumba Gold
    License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.
  • Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JrZumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.
  • ZumbiniZumbini
  • Zumba StepZumba Step
    License to teach lower body workouts using a blend of Zumba® routines and step aerobics.
  • E-Learning India RhythmsE-Learning India Rhythms
    Explore the flavor of India and learn new ways to take your fitness-party to the next level.
  • E-Learning CoreE-Learning Core
    The Zumba® Core training capsule is an e-learning experience for ZIN™ Members who want to offer more powerful core moves and routines in their Zumba classes.
  • E-Learning GlutesE-Learning Glutes
    Join the fun as you advance through the Zumba® Glutes e-Learning training capsule made for ZIN™ members to shake up their Zumba® classes.
  • E-Learning NutritionE-Learning Nutrition
    License to teach Plate by Zumba™ classes.
  • E-Learning Caribbean RhythmsE-Learning Caribbean Rhythms
    Completed World Rhythms Caribbean-Jamaica e-learning course.
  • Orlando Convention 2013Orlando Convention 2013
    Attended Zumba® Instructor Orlando Convention 2013
  • Orlando Convention 2014Orlando Convention 2014
    Attended Zumba® Instructor Orlando Convention 2014
  • Orlando Convention 2015Orlando Convention 2015
    Attended Zumba® Instructor Orlando Convention 2015
  • Zumba JammerZumba Jammer
    Zumba Jammer (ZJ)
    A ZJ is a talented ZIN member who is licensed to offer ZIN Jam sessions.

Licensed To Teach

  • Zumba ToningZumba Toning
    License to teach body-sculpting techniques using Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
  • Zumba GoldZumba Gold
    License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.
  • Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JrZumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.
  • Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JrZumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.
  • ZumbiniZumbini
  • ZumbiniZumbini
  • Zumba StepZumba Step
    License to teach lower body workouts using a blend of Zumba® routines and step aerobics.
  • E-Learning NutritionE-Learning Nutrition
    License to teach Plate by Zumba™ classes.