How Can I Get Past Zumba Releases?

I get this questions all of the time so I decided it was time to write a post about it.

In short, you can’t.

New Zumba Instructors often feel limited by the amount of music/choreography that they start out with, but we were all in that same boat at one time or another so us more seasoned instructors understand your frustrations.

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The problem is it is a direct violation of your ZIN license agreement to share music or choreography albums/DVDs even with other instructors an members of the Zumba Instructor’s Network. That’s a large reason why I started entering the song titles from each album here on my site, so even though you can’t buy the Zumba album, you can at least find out what songs were on it, and in the case of remade songs you are still able to purchase the original song and go from there. Lots of times you might know the accompanying choreographing from taking classes so there is no stopping you from using it in that manner, but as instructors we can’t lend you our CD’s or DVD’s, nor can we make copies of them for you.

Having said that, I’m sure there are people who do share their music, I’m just not one of them. So if the thought has crossed your mind to email or message me and ask me for a song I’ll spare you the trouble – I’m not going to share it with you. Sorry.

The way it was explained to me, is that Zumba licenses the music on each CD for a certain number of copies for instructors. And once that amount is issued that it it. If they were to offer back copies they would have to continue paying new fees for licensing on older releases making it much more expensive, and therefore we’d end up paying more. I don’t know if that’s exactly how it goes, but that’s how I understood it.

As we all know, the music only makes up one part of the class, you could have all of the best music available and still be a terrible instructor, so my advice is to use what you’ve got, and then find some other songs (from previous ZIN’s that you can purchase the originals of or just songs you like that fit the Zumba mould) and go from there. Before you know it you’ll have more choreography than you know what to do with!

P.S. Don’t forget, there is extra choreo available on the ZIN site for specialties too that you can use if you’re into those.

Have fun creating!

xoxo,

Suzi

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Quick Loaded Potato Chowder

I don’t know why I seem to forget about this recipe in the winter months when a hot chowder would be fantastic for warming me up on a cold day, but I always do and then we have to wait for a cooler day to have it in the summer months. Maybe it’s because I’m always looking for ways to use my chives when they are in season, who knows.

Anyway, if you are looking for a quick and tasty recipe for those cooler summer days you should check out this chowder. It’s super easy (but not super friendly on the waistline…)

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Quick Loaded Potato Chowder

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped potatoes
  • 1 container of President's Choice Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese (plain cream cheese would work as well)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of chopped, cooked bacon (we used real bacon bits available at the grocery store)
  • toppings of your choice (we used chives and cheddar cheese and toast for dipping but tea biscuits are a-maz-ing!)

Instructions

  1. Cook chopped potatoes until mostly cooked through (I cook them in the microwave for 5 minutes)
  2. Add to a saucepan on medium high heat with 1/2 container of the greek yogurt cream cheese and milk.
  3. Heat until cream cheese has melted through them turn back to medium low
  4. Add bacon, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  5. Let simmer for about 5 minutes
  6. Serve it up with the toppings of your choice!
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You could also add onions if that is something your family likes but as J can’t eat onion we stick to just using garlic powder. The only complaint I get with this recipe is that I never seen to make enough of it. I find this recipe is enough for two people (especially if you are supplementing it with a dipping vessel of some sort ;) ).

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From start to finish you’re looking at about a 20 minute meal, and it’s pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself!

Disclosure:¬†President’s Choice provides me with their products from time to time however this container of the Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese I purchased with my own money. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Now go make some chowda!

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