It’s Zumba Time!

| November 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s Zumba® Time!

Our squad held a Zumba® fundraiser last summer.  It was a lot of fun and very successful so I thought I would share the idea here on CGE.  There was very little cost up front and it was easy to organize.

Here are my quick tips!

Find a Licensed Instructor: We lucked out because my daughter is licensed.  You can go to www.zumba.com to get names of local licensed instructors.  You can also contact local gyms that offer classes and they should be able to point you in the right direction as well.  You will also need to budget for an instructor (I would guess $25-$50).

Set a Date: As a squad, we picked a date that we thought would be optimal for getting friends/family there.  Many of the adults in your “band family” probably already participate in various exercise classes each week so this can be a great opportunity for them to do something they are already familiar with or try something new while supporting your program and caring for themselves at the same time!

Set a Price: We set a price of $10/person for the hour of instruction. People seemed fine with the price, especially since it was a fundraiser.  Regular prices for Zumba classes range anywhere from $5.00 with a gym membership to $15.00 for a drop in class depending on the teacher/program and where you are in the country so we felt this was a reasonable price.

Secure a Facility: Our school allowed us to use our school facilities for free.

Get the Word Out: Since it was still summer break, we had to rely on word of mouth and internet to spread the word.  I set up a special ‘event’ page on facebook. We all posted details on our respective personal pages and emailed our friends and family in the area.  Since we started in the summer it was difficult to get word out initially so we had about 12 – 15 people at each of our 2 classes.

Refreshments? We provided bottled water and sliced oranges.

At the end of the session we had people asking us to do it again!  We hope to add a few more dates and keep it going!  It was fun and involved very little cost.  Win-win!

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Category: Fundraising/Budgets, Team Management

About the Author (Author Profile)

Formerly with Hopewell High School in Charlotte, NC, Brenda Scarpati now coaches the multi-school ‘State of Illusion’ winter guard team in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In addition to coaching, Brenda enjoys crafts and sewing.

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  1. Citlayi says:

    Hi Brenda, I think this is a great idea! I’m a colorguard member and my team is constantly struggling with funds. I may bring up this idea to my coach, but first I want to make sure it is doable for us. I was wondering if the instructor brought their own sound equipment. I was thinking we could have our fundraiser in the gym of our school, and we have an amp we always use, but I’m not sure if all instructors have the same sound system they use or if they would expect us to have one for them. Thanks so much– this website is so helpful!

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