Developer: Majesco Entertainment
Price: $4.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

iOS IntegrationRating: ★★★★☆
User InterfaceRating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Zumba Dance allows fanatics to take their fitness dance routines anywhere with them. In order to get started, users must first create a profile that includes their weight, height, gender and birth date to help the app provide a more accurate estimate of calories burned. The main menu features everything users need to get started. It’s possible to dance to just a single song, take a full class, device a fitness plan and set goals, learn the steps and browse the progress tracker.

There are several getting started tips that must be followed to get the most from Zumba Dance such as ensuring that the iPad is placed on a flat surface at a slight angle. It’s also necessary to make sure that there is enough room to play and move around.  After everything is set up, users can get to shaking their tail feathers.

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When single track is selected, users can select from one of six songs that come with the app that feature chart topping music from popular artists. Class session features a long class, short class or custom playlist.

It’s recommended to learn the basic moves first, but I jumped right in and started grooving. I’m glad no one else was around because I’m sure my dance moves were embarrassing. I was rather impressed with how well the motion sensor worked. The app displays the user’s picture in the lower right corner and it can detect all the moves. A little purple stick figure pops up every now and then to help when moves are missed. Additionally, there’s a Zumba meter on the left that shows users how well they are doing. It’s possible to earn up to five stars in each game—which gives it some replay value.

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Zumba Dance is a lot of fun at first, but it can get old pretty quickly. The App Store description is a little misleading because it never states that there are only six tracks with the purchase. Additional song packs can be purchased in the store and range from $9.99 for 15 songs $24.99 for 43 new tracks. Furthermore, the app can only read one person at a time so there is currently no Zumba multiplayer for those wishing to compete with friends.

Despite a few shortcomings, Zumba Dance is still quite fun and it offers a nice workout. It’s great to be able to take the workout game anywhere, and those who are willing to pay more money will enjoy the wide range of dance routines that are available. Zumba fanatics and beginners should keep an eye on this app as it has a lot of potential.

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