Dojo Zumba at WA Black Belt Academy

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  • 350-B Sunset Blvd N

    Renton, WA 98057

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  • 425-793-9607

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I am a native of the Bay Area and I've been a long-time zumba goer in the surrounding Seattle Area. Zumba is huge in California so when I relocated to the Redmond area, I was on a quest to find me a good Zumba studio. I'm in my mid-40's and lost 70 lbs through Zumba and Weight Watchers. Zumba is the only workout I can stick to so I'm a bit crazy and addicted to finding good instructors. I will travel just about anywhere when I find one I like.

My friend told me about a deal that was going to commence on Living Social. She's been a Dojo Zumba member for 4-5 months and all she ever talks about was this studio. So I purchased 20 classes for $25 and my first class was yesterday. Let me just say, it was nothing like I've ever experienced...I was very hesitant to try this studio out. Taking something crazy fun as zumba in a martial arts dojo seemed pretty odd and contradictory to me. I've taken Zumba at YMCAs, gyms like LA Fitness and Bally's, community centers, elementary school gyms, dance studios, but never a martial arts dojo (aren't we suppose to medidate in a dojo?). But, from reading other reviews, and hearing from the grapevine and friend just how great the PROGRAM and instructors are (not the facility) was what sold me and encouraged me to at least go in and try it for myself.

Instantly, I was greeted at the FRONT DOOR (i mean who the heck greets you at the front door anymore?) and then was asked if I've ever visited before. Told them no, so the person at the door, WALKED ME TO THE FRONT DESK where I was then greeted by another staff member. This person welcomed me, took my Living Social receipt, and then had me fill out a quick waiver. Introduced herself as the Manager and really explained to me everything in detail. Looking around, the facility was clean. It did seem a bit muggy, but that's probably because a martial arts class was still in session when I arrived.After the registration process, I was still 10 minutes early. I felt a bit uncomfortable because it was already starting to pack out. There wasn't anywhere really to sit down (there were seats but they were all taken) and for a new person who knows NO ONE, it was a bit awkward standing around.

Before the class started, the instructor greeted herself to the entire class. She was such a great motivator! The entire zumba class from start to finish was excellent. If I had to rate her dance experience and quality of instruction, I would give her an 11 from 1-10. She was AMAZING. She played a great list of Spanish/Latin songs, but then also put in a few contemporary non-Latin songs in her playlist that younger people would definitely appreciate. There were assistant instructors all around the classroom too. This definitely helped me with seeing the steps. My only complaint about the music was that it became a bit loud at times. Like one song would be soft and then the next would be SO LOUD.

I'll tell you what, I never sweated so much in my life. The dojo was definitely a bit crowded, but hey, I now understand WHY they're crowded and so popular. They are THE best studio on the Eastside, if not one of the best in the entire state of Washington. They just have such a good system and program going on and I'm thrilled that I found a studio that I'm willing to drive to regularly. They have a good schedule for people who work, six days a week, and in the morning and evenings.

If you're looking for a studio or Zumba Class that has only 5-10 people in it at a time, A) your instructor is probably really boring and doesn't know what he/she is doing and B) you definitely shouldn't come to this dojo. There are a ton of people who come here. So if you don't like crowded situations...RUN THE OTHER WAY! If you could care less about the facility and how many people are working out in one room, come out and try this studio out for yourself. The program is AMAZING, fun, and high energy...not to mention the friendliest staff. I will definitely be back. Think this place is going to be a my zumba home for sure!

P.S. I told my girlfriends back home about this studio and apparently they knew exactly the studio I was talking about! They have a huge following via YouTube and my friend down in California has even subscribed to Dojo Zumba. Shows how popular they are.

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I am a native of the Bay Area and I've been a long-time zumba goer in the surrounding Seattle Area. Zumba is huge in California so when I relocated to the Redmond area, I was on a quest to find me a good Zumba studio. I'm in my mid-40's and lost 70 lbs through Zumba and Weight Watchers. Zumba is the only workout I can stick to so I'm a bit crazy and addicted to finding good instructors. I will travel just about anywhere when I find one I like.

My friend told me about a deal that was going to commence on Living Social. She's been a Dojo Zumba member for 4-5 months and all she ever talks about was this studio. So I purchased 20 classes for $25 and my first class was yesterday. Let me just say, it was nothing like I've ever experienced...I was very hesitant to try this studio out. Taking something crazy fun as zumba in a martial arts dojo seemed pretty odd and contradictory to me. I've taken Zumba at YMCAs, gyms like LA Fitness and Bally's, community centers, elementary school gyms, dance studios, but never a martial arts dojo (aren't we suppose to medidate in a dojo?). But, from reading other reviews, and hearing from the grapevine and friend just how great the PROGRAM and instructors are (not the facility) was what sold me and encouraged me to at least go in and try it for myself.

Instantly, I was greeted at the FRONT DOOR (i mean who the heck greets you at the front door anymore?) and then was asked if I've ever visited before. Told them no, so the person at the door, WALKED ME TO THE FRONT DESK where I was then greeted by another staff member. This person welcomed me, took my Living Social receipt, and then had me fill out a quick waiver. Introduced herself as the Manager and really explained to me everything in detail. Looking around, the facility was clean. It did seem a bit muggy, but that's probably because a martial arts class was still in session when I arrived.After the registration process, I was still 10 minutes early. I felt a bit uncomfortable because it was already starting to pack out. There wasn't anywhere really to sit down (there were seats but they were all taken) and for a new person who knows NO ONE, it was a bit awkward standing around.

Before the class started, the instructor greeted herself to the entire class. She was such a great motivator! The entire zumba class from start to finish was excellent. If I had to rate her dance experience and quality of instruction, I would give her an 11 from 1-10. She was AMAZING. She played a great list of Spanish/Latin songs, but then also put in a few contemporary non-Latin songs in her playlist that younger people would definitely appreciate. There were assistant instructors all around the classroom too. This definitely helped me with seeing the steps. My only complaint about the music was that it became a bit loud at times. Like one song would be soft and then the next would be SO LOUD.

I'll tell you what, I never sweated so much in my life. The dojo was definitely a bit crowded, but hey, I now understand WHY they're crowded and so popular. They are THE best studio on the Eastside, if not one of the best in the entire state of Washington. They just have such a good system and program going on and I'm thrilled that I found a studio that I'm willing to drive to regularly. They have a good schedule for people who work, six days a week, and in the morning and evenings.

If you're looking for a studio or Zumba Class that has only 5-10 people in it at a time, A) your instructor is probably really boring and doesn't know what he/she is doing and B) you definitely shouldn't come to this dojo. There are a ton of people who come here. So if you don't like crowded situations...RUN THE OTHER WAY! If you could care less about the facility and how many people are working out in one room, come out and try this studio out for yourself. The program is AMAZING, fun, and high energy...not to mention the friendliest staff. I will definitely be back. Think this place is going to be a my zumba home for sure!

P.S. I told my girlfriends back home about this studio and apparently they knew exactly the studio I was talking about! They have a huge following via YouTube and my friend down in California has even subscribed to Dojo Zumba. Shows how popular they are.

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