I do not love Zumba. This is not a popular opinion. It's been my experience that, for the most part, people who like zumba love it, and people who don't love it rarely go back for a second class. I do not fall into either of those categories. I grudgingly return to the gym twice a week, every week to endure the humiliation that is me attempting to dance and be even remotely funky while doing it.
I get through it by standing behind a really tall girl in the class so I don't catch a glimpse of myself flailing around in the floor-to-ceiling mirrors that surround the room. I imagine myself being just as coordinated as the lovely and tall instructor who has been a dance teacher for 25 years. When she stretches her arms out from side to side looking graceful as a swan, I imagine I look the same and not, as I notice when the tall girl was out one day and was exposed to my own reflection, looking like Kermit the Frog having a seizure.
Guilt is a big factor in me returning to the gym for zumba. My kids take dance lessons from my instructor and when I pick them up from class she gives me a doubtful look and says, "Are you coming tonight?" She has a gift for getting people to do things that they have no motivation to do; a gift I am sure is helpful while she is trying to get a room full of 3- and 4-year-olds to pirouette all at the same time. She is lovingly motivational and pushy in the best possible way. :-)
I think the most motivating factor in getting me to go back to zumba is friendship; friendship with my instructor who keeps me on track, and friendship with the other ladies in the class. One friend in particular keeps me coming back. We share a similar sense of humor about ourselves. We snicker at the same ridiculous moves. Class is not the same if she's not there to laugh with.
So no, I do not heart zumba. But I do love all the friends I have made while going. And that's what will keep me coming back.