- MZL: This group provides several free classes in different locations. Their Facebook page has many clips of songs/steps. I've attended their class in West Jordan and Kearns. It's a HUGE group (which is good for just getting lost in the crowd if you are new). They generally have several instructors on stage, which is nice for seeing variations in the moves. It's loud and crazy and generally a lot of fun.
- SouthZiders: This group meets in Draper in Mondays/Wednesdays at 9:30. The main instructor is Nina, and she has the moves and a huge smile! A nice big gym and they even open up the nursery room if you need to bring young children along.
- KIKZ (Kicken It Kearns Zumba): This group meets EARLY Mondays/Wednesdays (at 5:30!) ... I haven't hit one of those classes yet, but they had a Saturday session that I went to, and it was good. Some new numbers, some I was familiar with from my other classes. Join their Facebook group for updates ...
- Heather Jones: I discovered this group when I needed (yes needed!) a Friday class. MZL does meet, but the time didn't work out for me. Heather's class starts just a bit later (10:00 on Fridays). It's a bit further for me (in Sandy), but worth the drive. Not as much overlap with my other classes, these were mainly new songs/steps. Heather is fun and bouncy and has a good group going and welcomes women to come join in. **This class in cancelled now.
- Claudia & Co: Claudia teaches at various gyms but gives of her time and talent on Thursdays at a church in West Jordan (MountainView in the chart below). She is a joy to watch! She switches off with a few other instructors. I haven't missed a Thursday since I started going there ...
- Marian's Class: This was the one that started it all for me (Tuesdays at 8:45 in West Jordan. CIA page below has address and details). It was close, convenient and free. So even though I had never been to a Zumba class before, and knew I couldn't dance, and that I wasn't really a social exerciser ... I felt like I should give it a try. I wasn't sold after the first class, but after coming back, and starting to learn the steps, well ... you can see what has happened!
- Dancing With Debbie in Daybreak: Debbie is offering three classes at week. Mondays at 9:00 pm, Wednesdays at 8:30 in the evening, and Friday mornings at 9:00. At the LDS church located at 4517 W Mille Lacs Dr (about 10660 south).
- CIA (Community In Action): This Facebook group keeps track of a lot of the groups and free classes (they provide the chart shown up top). Many instructors post updates there. It's a great resource.
The majority of these free classes are in the mornings. Get the kids off to school and come out. If you have younger children, most of the classes are fine with them coming along. There often are kids running around during these free classes. I haven't found as many evening/weekend free classes ... keeping my eye out (let me know in the comments if there are some in my area!)
Is the quality any less because they are free? As I mentioned, I have only attended one paid class so far (I do think I'll hit some others, I'll do a future spotlight on those if I go to enough to warrant it). It was really good, but I do think my free classes are just as good. I track my steps and calorie burn with my Fitbit and HRM every class, and post the numbers to a Facebook album (ZumbaStats). A lot of YOUR results are what YOU bring to class.