Zumbini for the Bambini

Posted on Mar 17 2014 - 11:09am by Aubrey


Zumbini is one of the newest crazes to hit the parenting scene, and if you haven’t heard of it yet…you’re hearing it here, now! Zumbini is a music and movement class for children, ages 0-3. It is part of the Zumba Fitness program, so it’s packed with Zumba flavor, but I wouldn’t say it’s the equivalent of Zumba for babies. I first heard about this “music” class from another parent in my children’s play group and my initial thought was that it might be too “girly” for my boys. I guess I was thinking of the choreographed Zumba classes I have sampled where the fitness routines had lots of booty shaking and hip rolling! ha!  Zumbini logo

Well, let me tell you, it is hands down THE BEST “Mommy & Me” type class I have ever taken my babies too. Despite my preconceived notions about it possibly being too feminine and dance-ish for my “rough and tumble” tots, I really wanted to cover the class for my blog. So, I contacted Miami-based teacher Ashlee Cramer who also happens to be the Creative Director for Zumbini. She wrote the program for Zumba and after experiencing her in action, I am so glad I decided to try it out. I’d like to think my boys get their musicality from me, I have a background in dance and my father has always enjoyed his amateur career as a musician, his mother (my paternal grandmother) being a professional pianist and music teacher. At any rate, my older son has already showed so may signs of having a natural rhythm, from dancing, making beats and listening to all kinds of music… and he just shined in Miss Ashlee’s class. Whether it was playing the drums, moving to the music, singing along, using the scarves or experimenting with the various instruments brought out, he was fully engaged and entertained from start to finish!

I love Zumbini’s high energy and the style of interaction encouraged between the parents/caregivers and the “bini babies.” In fact you are asked not to talk to the little ones during the class – NOT easy, but it allows the instructor to take control and for the music to takeover! The program is still really new, so it’s just starting to spread across the country, and instructors are being trained and added every week. Watch this clip I created during my visit to Ashlee Cramer’s Zumbini class in Miami…


To learn more about Ashlee Cramer and her Zumbini classes in Miami, visit her website >> http://ashleecramer.zumba.com/ You can also visit the Zumba website to find a Zumbini location and instructor near you >> http://www.zumba.com/en-US/party/classes/class-zumbini

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Nicole McGregor March 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Love those kind of classes! for the kids… but also selfishly for ME!

  2. Baby Making Mama March 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Super duper cute! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Constance Simmons March 18, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    This is really cute! Totally loving this idea! 🙂 Your kiddos are super cute!

  4. Martha Dominguez March 20, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    We love Mia’s Zumbini class so much that we do it twice a week.
    Miss Ashlee is an amazing instructor.

    • 53Weeks March 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Awesome! We can’t wait to go back!

  5. Kristen Hewitt March 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    THis is so interesting, my 2 year old would love this! I may check it out. Totally random btw…but my friend’s daughter is pictured in your photo, I had no idea she did this! Great post and video. Would you mind sharing what edit software you use? Thanks!

    • 53Weeks March 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Ha! Thanks…I totally did a “lazy” edit on this in iMovie..didn’t open my Final Cut for this, which I usually do when I’m covering vo, etc… and I just shot it on my iPhone 4S!! Yes, check it out, love her and the class!

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