to get more out of zumba throw all inhibitions aside. it's gratuitous butt shaking, that's it. keep your core tight and put in lots of hip swivels (salsa), shakes (go crazy on a simple tap to the front), hip tilts (steps to the side) - get sexy with it. also go low on grapevines and other steps where you can so that you really use your legs. if you like the dance aspect of it, just exaggerate the movements.
gratuitous butt shaking
edit, i should say core tight, hips loose.
I've never been counseled to make my hips looser- I'm totally going to try that!
You are really right- I think this week will go better now that I am more familiar with the steps and can really work them. One particular teacher is way fancier than I think is necessary so I was all trying to get the steps down. Totally going to power punch it this week, which reminds me, I really want to find a kickboxing cardio class...I love those.
Haven't picked a name yet but I figure we'll take all of the contenders we've come up with and decide over thanksgiving. I did start practicing and knocked over a whole bunch of 5 year olds rollerskating last night...working my way up to the teenagers.