I have one Zumba instructor who teaches two 1 hour classes per week. In addition to those hours we pay her for teaching, she puts down 6 – 8 hours per week for planning/prepping for those classes and for learning new songs and material. I am happy to pay my instrcutors for planning within reason – I do not teach Zumba or any choreographed classes myself, so I am not sure what is a reasonable time to expect for learning new songs/choreography etc. Any insights into what might be fair would be great! 8 hours seems like a lot to me…
Zumba does require a lot of work. The instructor must know the music well, the instructor has to learn the choreography (that is if he/she decides to use the pre-choreographed routines) and if he/she doesn’t he/she is choreographing his/her own routines.
Here is what I believe:
Many Zumba instructors do not have a group fitness certification. Many of the have only the Zumba license. As a consequence of this, I am moved to asked, what are the credentials of the instructor your hired? Is his/her only credential the Zumba license? Is he/she a new instructor with little experience? If that is the case, then it will take time for the individual to prepare their class. Are we talking about an experienced instructor? The skill set of an experienced instructor is different?
As a business owner, you should be the one determining what you will pay for and what you won’t pay for in terms of the amount of time it takes to prepare for any class. Eight hours is excessive.