Andrea Kittelson


Since Feb 2013


Los Angeles

About Me

My name is Andrea Kittelson, and I teach Zumba.

I have loved African and Latin music and dance since before I understood what either was.

I studied Afro-Cuban dance in high school, Afro-Haitian dance in college and the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira for many years under Mestre Preguica in San Francisco and Mestre Carlos Aceituno in Oakland, and briefly under Mestre Boneco in Los Angeles.

For nine years, I played drums in the Bay Area-based, Brazilian-style bateria Fogo Na Roupa.

I love dancing and teaching Zumba because the focus is on the music and on having fun, not on perfecting specific movements; and every class feels like a party.

Because the goal is not perfection, experience is not necessary.

In class, we merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, cha cha, samba, swing, freestyle...and more.

When we dance, we forget that we are burning off tons of calories.

If you have never before enjoyed the many benefits of Zumba, what's keeping you? You don't even have to know how to dance!

Just move your body and follow me; it's easy!

And why not bring Zumba to work?!

Zumba before work, in mid-morning, during lunch, after a stressful day -- anytime, really, that you and your work buddies can dance off the day without having to drive anywhere and park again.

Make exercise AND work both fun again!

Class tip: Surrender, go with it, and, if you get lost or bored, make up your own thing, like you would at a party. I balance dancing with cueing, and more than anything, we all let the music and the spirit be our guides. Listen to the changes. Typically, there is a different movement for each section: verse, chorus, bridge; and, if you feel inspired to do something different than what is modeled, go for it!

Let no other entity be the keeper of your joy!


  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.

Licensed To Teach

  • Zumba BasicZumba Basic
    License to teach regular Zumba® classes.