Caroline Parsons is proud to be one of the leading Zumba® Education Specialists in the UK. Based in Guildford in Surrey, she arranges and conducts Zumba® instructor training courses in England and Wales, and teaches a variety of programs, including Zumba and Aqua Zumba®.
Caroline has been professionally trained in dance and musical theatre at The Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre, London and has an impressive list of qualifications. Caroline holds an ISTD Associate in Modern Theatre Dance and a National Diploma in Professional Dance Musical Theatre. She has also earned dance certifications in ballet, tap, modern and jazz.
After graduating Caroline worked professionally for a number of years in theatre, TV and film. She has performed in a wide variety of roles including Anita in West Side Story, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Young Stella in Follies and appeared in the opening of The Millenium Dome, London and Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things. Caroline’s greatest accolade was appearing as a Principal Singer in the Irish phenomenon Riverdance performing to audiences of thousands in the US, Europe and UK.
Caroline holds speciality certifications in fitness and dance including:
- REPS Level 2 - Exercise To Music
- REPS Level 2 - Exercise, Movement & Dance
- REPS Level 2 - Exercise & Movement
- REPS Level 3 - Pre & Post-Natal Exercise design
- Level 3 - Award in Education & Training (PTLLS)
- Level 3 - Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
- OCR Certification in Pilates Matwork from The Pilates Institute
- Active IQ Level 2 Award - Emergency First Aid at Work
- Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Certification
- Hydro-Actif Shallow Water Certification
- Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) Modern Dance Associate
- Diploma in Musical Theatre & Theatre Dance
- St John's Ambulance Sports First Aid Certification
As a full-time ZES, Caroline trains ZIN members (Zumba Instructor Network™) within the UK and teaches additional Zumba classes to participants each week, including Aqua Zumba® (a pool based Zumba class) and Zumba® Toning (the Zumba body sculpting class).
First introduced to the Zumba program in 2007, Caroline was amazed at how much fun the class was and decided to get more involved. She signed up for an instructor training course to become a ZIN member, and in Caroline’s words, “It was exactly the class I’d been looking for – there has never been anything else quite like it!”
In 2009 Caroline applied for the highly ZES position and was invited to audition for the brand. She attended a full weekend of interviews and auditions in Germany with the creator of ZUMBA, Beto Perez before she was offered the job.
Since then Caroline has been fortunate enough to travel to amazing countries including Russia, The Philippines, India, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Finland, US and Portugal teaching Zumba as well as presenting at UK and International fitness conferences and events.
Caroline has appeared in numerous Zumba Fitness videos including choreographing and presenting Aqua ZUMBA Vol 12. DVD and Aqua ZUMBA 2014 Special Edition DVD for ZIN members.
From 2014 Caroline took on the role as Lead ZES for the Aqua Zumba program and hopes to encourage more people worldwide to join in this fantastic aquatic workout.
Caroline relishes the challenges and opportunities working as part of the Zumba team brings. She hopes you find as much enjoyment from The Zumba Fitness programmes, be it as a participant or instructor.
Caroline is licensed to Teach the following Zumba classes:
- Zumba Basic
License to teach regular Zumba® classes.
- Zumba Toning
License to teach body-sculpting techniques using Zumba Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and build strength.
- Aqua Zumba
License to teach the 'pool party' workout for all ages using the Zumba® formula and traditional aqua techniques.
- Zumba Sentao
Licensed to teach the party-like workout that incorporates chairs to improve strength, definition and endurance.
- Zumba Gold
License to teach specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant.
- Zumba Gold Toning
License to teach Zumba® Gold-Toning classes.
- Zumba Step
License to teach lower body workouts using a blend of Zumba® routines and step aerobics.