I have never been to a zumba class, nor did I really understand what it was. Oh my gosh, it was SO fun! First of all, I was in a giant pool with 50 other people (yes, men too), and the instructor was on the pool deck dancing her little heart away. She was hilarious, with tons of animation, loud music and all sorts of gyrations. It was like a one man show up there. You definitely have to have the personality to be able to pull something like that off.
I started out sort of timid and making sure all parts of my body stayed under water all all times. There was lots of chest shaking and Beyonce hip thrusting and moving going on. The best part was....nobody could see your body! I kind of looked around for a while and watched other people until I realized that all eyes had to be on deck to stay up with the crowd. By the end of the hour I was really getting into it. I felt like I had gone back in time 7 years and was at the club 'Rehab' with Aja and Nina making up our own ridiculously funny dance moves (seriously, we drew crowds and had fans :)). You could make up your own moves and do whatever you want. One latino lady just bounced around on her own for the entire hour.
I will for sure go back. I might make it a part of my weekly routine. In the summer they do it in the outdoor pool, which sounds really fun! The instructor said that it burns 3 times the calories of regular zumba because of all of the resistance from the water. It was totally low impact on the joints and muscles too...which is good for preggers.