Rachel
McDonald

Goleta & Santa Barbara, CA

Since Sep 2011
Rachel McDonald

I spent what felt like the majority of my childhood in a dance studio, studying numerous forms of dance. I trained with the Goleta Civic Ballet, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Ballet and American Ballet Schools in California, the Milwaukee Ballet in Wisconsin, and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Just as I became an adult, my body gave out on me in the form of tendinitis and knee failure, requiring surgery and rehabilitation, and my hoped-for dance career came to an end. During the next decade and a half my love of music and dance brought me back to the dance studio numerous times, but I was petrified of re-injuring myself, it was always painful, and it was completely frustrating to not be able to make my body do what my mind thought it should be capable of.

It wasn't until my mother-in-law suggested Zumba that I found something that made my heart and soul sing again. Zumba allowed me to forget about technique, and focus on the joy of movement and music, all while exposing me to styles of dance I never knew existed along with a wonderfully friendly, party-like atmosphere. It doesn't feel like any "work-out" you've ever done before. The time absolutely flies in class, I got myself into better shape than I had been in nearly half my life, and I was hooked. I became an instructor and quit my day-job to focus on being the best instructor I could possibly be.

Knowledge is power, and I'm committed to learning all I can so my classes will be safe and effective in addition to being fun. I've completed day long trainings to receive 6 of the 7 currently available Zumba® format licenses, as well as additional online and in-person training with Zumba®. I am Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Primary Group Exercise Certified and I hold Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Certifications from American Council on Exercise (ACE), as well as Spinning® and Tabata Bootcamp™ Certifications. I am also Red Cross certified in adult, child and infant First Aid, CPR and AED and maintain liability insurance as well as music licensing.

Enough about me!

I'm passionate about what I do, but ultimately I teach for YOU, and I'd love to share my love of dance and fitness with you. Please come to one of my classes and find out for yourself how much fun Zumba is. Forget your troubles, smile and laugh with us, work up a fantastic sweat and burn tons of calories. I truly hope that I will see you soon!

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Licensed to teach:

  • 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.
  • Aqua ZumbaAqua Zumba
    License to teach the 'pool party' workout for all ages using the Zumba® formula and traditional aqua techniques.
  • Zumba SentaoZumba Sentao
    Licensed to teach the party-like workout that incorporates chairs to improve strength, definition and endurance.
  • Zumba GoldZumba Gold
    License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.
  • Zumba Gold ToningZumba Gold Toning
    License to teach Zumba® Gold-Toning classes.
  • Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JrZumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.
  • Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids JrZumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
    License to teach the custom-designed kids program that blends dance-fitness routines with fun games and high-energy music.