Michelle Johnson

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Since Jan 2010

One of the best things about teaching Zumba is the people you meet.  I decided to create a Zumba Mami section to highlight people I've met and gotten to know through Zumba.   I hope their stories touch and inspire you as much as they did me.

Here is our first story
 by Brooke Dahl

Hi! I’m Brooke and I’m a Zumba-holic. And now I’m also a Zumba Mami! I took my first class in Germany in 2009 but it was only a demo class and I had to wait until we moved back to the States four months later to start regular classes. From the very first beat, I was hooked. Music has always been a huge part of my life, and now I could burn calories, get in shape, and actually have fun all while listening to awesome music? Color me sold!

I’ve been privileged along the way to attend the classes of some amazing instructors, but from the first time I took Michelle’s class, I knew I had found my Zumba home. Her positive energy, her encouragement, her support, and her kick a$$ choreography just worked for me on every level. So much so, in fact, that I obtained my Zumba license this year too!

Zumba has been such a force in my life. It’s changed my body. It’s changed my outlook. It’s changed my attitude about exercise. It’s changed my self-image. It’s the only group exercise class I’ve ever taken (and there have been SO many I’ve tried along the way) where I felt accepted for who I was right off the bat. It didn’t matter that I was so heavy. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t keep up at first. It didn’t matter if I got the steps wrong (even after the 200th time I’d done the routine). All that’s ever mattered is that I was present, that I was willing to Just Shake It, and that I tried my best. Along the way, I’ve gained an entire Zumba family and I love them with all my heart! Women, men, younger, older, very fit, somewhat fit, just starting to get fit – there’s a Zumba class for that!

For anyone out there that wants to try Zumba but hasn’t made it to a class yet, whatcha waiting for? We’d love to have you come and Just Shake It with us! I’ll save you a spot!


  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
  • Zumba ToningZumba Toning
    License to teach body-sculpting techniques using Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
  • Zumba GoldZumba Gold
    License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.
  • ZumbatomicZumbatomic
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.