Rita Cohen

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Since Jun 2009

I have been choreographing and adding African/Afrobeats routines to my classes from the moment I became a licensed Zumba® instructor in June 2009, and they LOVE them! In my very first Choreo ZIN Jam™ Session in October 2013, the instructors went nuts over my African routine, so I have been offering at least one African song in every Jam Session since then - 51, so far! I use my memories, understanding of the culture and many of the languages, to create fun and easy routines for all levels of fitness and dance!


Since the very first African HEAT master class that I offered in Williamsburg, VA in June 2015, I have had numerous requests for it, having offered it in almost all regions of Virginia; Salisbury, Maryland; Greensboro, North Carolina; the Chicago area; south Florida; Nashville; and even Rouen, France! 


Those master classes encouraged me to develop the 6 week I <3 Afrobeats! series, where I teach dance moves, along with the appropriate historical/cultural background.  That has led me to develop and offer the 2 to 2.5 hour (depending on dance level) I <3 Afrobeats! Workshop in 2016, having offered it in: Parkland, FL; Richmond, VA; Nashville, TN; and Salisbury, MD, all to rave reviews. 


If you would like to host me for an African HEAT Zumba® master class and/or an I <3 Afrobeats! workshop, send me a message!

Licensed To Teach

  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba StepZumba Step
    License to teach lower body workouts using a blend of Zumba® routines and step aerobics.
  • 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
  • E-Learning NutritionE-Learning Nutrition
    License to teach Plate by Zumba™ classes.