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…
I agree with Joanne’s answer about a group fitness cert. I only hire Zumba instructors who also have a primary group fitness certification. A one-day training to get the “license” is not enough.
I pay my instructors for up to three hours each semester (I oversee a university recreation program) of practice time. This is a chance for them to watch fitness DVDs (provided by us) to get new ideas, practice choreography, etc. All instructors are also expected to do the required amount of continuing education to keep their certifications current, and that is another venue for new ideas/choreography.
6-8 hours per week is way too much time for preparation, especially since she can teach the same songs/dances in multiple classes. Perhaps offer to pay her for one hour per week of prep time.