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“What is this?” says the group fitness instructor.
When looking for that next new format, especially in dance fitness, it can be a challenge to find something that is new to the area, different than the other dance fitness classes, not super hard to learn, AND can be easily added to the class schedule.
During a recent search, I came across 2 new formats that were designed specifically with a dance fitness instructor in mind. This was Bounce DanceFit and Badass Fitness. I signed up for both class formats and have completed the training.
Find more information about Badass Fitness HERE.
Should you bring Bounce DanceFit to your facility or online programs? Keep reading.
Bounce DanceFit is a brand new dance fitness format that brings new dance styles to your dance fitness class. Lose weight dancing with easy-to-follow moves, created for all fitness levels, and dance it out to a whole lot of good music.
What is Bounce DanceFit?
As the name says, this format is all about getting a good sweat on with a whole lot of dancing. This is a format that will change the way you look at working out!
Is this super dance-y? The biggest part of this class is to move. It can be a march, grapevine, or even a booty shaking but the main focus is on moving our bodies to the music.
Let’s talk music. The music in this format is EVERYTHING…like seriously, this is the best part of the format. Talking super high energy beats that is mixed in with the songs you will hear on the radio and house music.
Ok Jaime, is this just like every other dance fitness class?
Nope! In this format, there are so many new dance styles that you see on the dance floor making its way into our group fitness rooms. This includes hip hop, waacking, house, and even some vogue.
This is a complete workout that taking dance and combining it with cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and even flexibility. The end goal? To leave the room feeling fantastic!
Becoming an instructor
Head over to their website and check out the program. https://bouncedancefit.com/teach/instructor-training
From this webpage, you will have the option to review their group fitness programs that include the original format (Bounce DanceFit) and Badass Fitness. Take one or both trainings!
There is an option to take the training all online (self-paced) or with a Zoom Training.
The program pricing is listed in pounds (see charge below for US conversion). Pricing may vary depending on conversion from pounds to dollars and can be subjected to change.
|Program Name||Early Bird Pricing||Standard Pricing||Late Pricing|
|Badass Online training (self paced)||$210||$345||$485|
|Badass LIVE training on Zoom||$210||$276||$346|
|Bounce DanceFit Online Training (self paced)||$210||$345||$485|
|Bounced DanceFit LIVE training on Zoom||$210||$276||$346|
|COMBO with both formats online (self paced)||$320||$415||$555|
Tip: Highly recommend the zoom training! This format allows for complete training and time to asked questions about the format, group fitness instructor in general, and music questions. While the online self-paced training provides you with the information, the zoom class puts all the pieces together.
Want a discount code for this training? YES!!! Use BDF20PER to get 20% off. Nothing like a good coupon.
What is required to become an instructor?
After reviewing the training manual, choreography, and class format information, there is a requirement to complete an online exam (you will have the information in the manual) and record yourself doing one of the routines (multiple routines to select from). Your recording is submitted for review and within just a short few days, you will have information on if you have been accepted into the program or if additional information is needed.
Quick tip: Make sure to include your verbal and body cues in your recording.
Check out my audition!
What can I expect with the Zoom training?
The zoom call starts right out with an explanation of the program, introduction of the master instructor, and then a quick roll call of those enrolled in the training.
Very quickly, we headed into a master class and got on a good sweat. My master instructor was Vicki and SHE WAS AMAZING! The class included a warm-up, a steady but quick progression of dance fitness routines, and then a stretch/cool down.
The next section was information on how to put a class together.
Although warmups/cooldowns are provided, you do have the option to make these your own. For the core part of the class, you have the option to do an aerobic curve, HIIT, or circuit type format between the routines. The sole goal is a safe and effective class.
The zoom class also teaches you how to make your own choreography. Starts with how to break down a song into intro/verse/chorus/bridge and to figure out the counts.
QUICK TIP: Head over to www.genius.com to find break down of songs into the sections (i.e. intro, verse, chorus, bridge, etc)
With this being a small group training (which makes this a fantastic experience), the entire group is able to stay together and learn. There was time to ask tons of questions and walk through any pieces that needed just a little extra explanation.
This section also included training on how to cue. This included both verbal and body cues. The master training says “there is no right or wrong” instead work with what works best for your teaching methods.
There is a large section of training for learning the core moves or steps of Bounce DanceFit. Vicki did a great job of taking zoom training and making sure we could see her from all angles (like we would in a live class). She talks us through the move itself, the different levels, and what part of the body should be used in each move. The moves started slow and built which made learning the new move much more manageable. This technique of teaching is also something that the instructors can take back to their classes to teach the class the new moves. Lots of types for cueing both verbal and with our bodies.
There were a ton of options to ask questions!
The last part of the training included an in-depth discussion on how to market your class. Tons of ideas and suggestions on how to build excitement about a new class format.
Now you are an instructor…now what?
As with any group fitness instructor class, one should expect a fee to receive continued choreography that has been designed for this format. With this program, you pay one price to monthly to get the new choreography.
The monthly fee includes choreography for both formats (Badass and Bounce DanceFit) if you are certified in both. Everything you need is included on the same website that the training was completed. Once you have completed all steps, became certified, and enrolled, you will have access to additional menus on the website that has the choreography broken down into each song.
There is also a private Facebook page with the other instructors and is the perfect place to ask questions and have support when needed.
I find that many are looking for a dance fitness of class that is slightly different than our Latin format friend and this is a really REALLY good option to meet this. The choreography is well designed with patterns that are easy to learn and teach. This is a class that can be modified for all fitness levels and can really be blasted out for an advanced class participant. You are not going to have a dry spot on you.
Wrapping this one up!
Is this a training for a brand new instructor? Yes and no. Between the training and the facebook group, there is a support group to ask question but the learning curve will be a bit longer for someone brand new to group fitness instructors.
I recommend reviewing an overall group fitness instructor certification (like AFAA) that provides additional information about group fitness from a high level about how to put a safe/effective class together, formats (i.e. cardio curves, HITT, Circuit), cueing, music choices, etc.
If you want more information about AFAA, check out this article (https://badassmamagang.com/afaa-group-fitness-instructor-exam/)
The pro with this program is that you receive pre-choreographed routines. These routines can be memorized and taught in class but there is also wiggle room in the program to make certain moves/sections your own.
This is fun and unique format that will be new to your group. This all standing class can be used for so many different fitness levels while being in the same room. You as the instructor also get a fantastic sweaty workout that will leave you smiling.
Best takeaway advice? Do the zoom training. Sign up for the instructor program. Learn the routines and teach a Bounce DanceFit class!
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