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Wednesday (Pre-Convention)

Posted on August 11, 2019 by under Zumba.    

Brian and I went to registration right before nine o’clock on Wednesday. There was quite a line already. I guess they saw all the people waiting and opened registration early. The line was moving pretty quickly but several people were taking photos and selfies while waiting.

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So did we…

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Finally, it was my turn. Here’s a selfie of us with the very nice staff member who checked me in…

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I got my ZW INSIDER – 3 STAR badge again this year. More on why this is important later.

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Here’s a pic of the back of the badge which has all of your sessions. My sessions were mostly at Hyatt Regency. Most of my sessions are there which is why it is our preferred hotel. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into that hotel this year because the room block was already full by the time I completed my ZINCON registration.

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Here’s a pic of this year’s commemorative shirt.

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And our bag…

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After registering, we hung out at the pool before I went to do some early access shopping. This is where the special 3 STAR badge comes in handy. All 3 STAR ZW INSIDERS get to show at the Zumba wear store two hours before it opens to the public. So you definitely want your badge to say ZW INSIDER – 3 STAR!

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I met fellow Filipina while in line for the early shopping.

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I guess word has gotten out. There were a ton of people in line this year. Last year, I got to the meeting place around 11:45 AM (they open the doors for us at noon, while regular shoppers go in at two o’clock) and I was near the front of the line.

This year, I got there around the same time and there were already a ton of people ahead of me. Here’s a pic of Patti. She is one of the ZCOM volunteers for our region and also a fellow 3 STAR.

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One of the best things about the early access to the store is you get to shop with all of the presenters. Here’s a pic of me with Marcie.

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Me with Donna, another presenter.

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Here’s Melanie, the person behind all the Zumba wear we love.

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I bumped into Cynthia, one of my friends from the “Zumba Wear Outfit of the Day” Facebook group.

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This is Claudia, a 3 STAR ZW INSIDER I met last year who also happens to be part of the same Facebook group.

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Here are some pictures of the new Zumba wear…

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At ZINCON, we get to buy items from yet to be released Zumba wear lines. Sometimes, the items don’t show up on Zumba.com for months!

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I wasn’t going to get these crazy, sequined sweat pants but Marcie got them so, naturally, I had to get them too. LOL.

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There were a ton of cute things. The new STRONG by Zumba line also looks amazing. I really had to make an effort to resist buying everything I saw.

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I prefer to buy stuff from Zumba.com because then the purchase goes toward my ZW INSIDER status. Purchases at ZINCON don’t count. I learned this lesson the hard way last year. I bought a ton of Zumba wear at ZINCON and none of it counted. Even though I spent a lot, I actually got downgraded to 2 STAR for not buying enough Zumba wear.

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The other new thing they started this year is the juniors line. The had several super cute juniors outfits that matched items from the regular line. As for me, I’m small enough to fit some of the kids’ large items. Bonus!

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Here’s a pic of the highly-coveted ZINCON-exclusive flannels (everyone calls them flannels, but they really aren’t made of flannel material — they’re basically just long-sleeved button-down shirts) that sold out with the first hour. Yes, it was ridiculous! The store wasn’t even officially open yet and they already sold out of these. Apparently, there was a reseller there who immediately bought the entire rack. I am so glad I got one!

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After shopping, I went back to the hotel pool to join Brian.

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It was the perfect pool day, nice and sunny.

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We took the opportunity to snap some fun pics.

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After a short poolside nap, it was time to head to the We Move the World Stage at the Hyatt for the Wednesday night ZIN Flavors Master Class. We bumped into Lindsey Taylor on the way there.

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Also bumped into my friend Christopher from Hawaii who I met for the first time at the LA Conference in 2014.

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I think everyone and their uncle took one of these photos. LOL. I took my first one on Wednesday. I think I did it a couple more times before ZINCON was over.

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I had Brian put my jacket on while we were waiting in line for the master class. We were just goofing around, killing time.

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Here’s a pic of me in my super shiny jacket.

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What do you think? Who wore it best? 😉

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Line selfie.

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They finally let us in. Hundreds of people did the pre-convention mega jams so, for the first time ever, I was actually close to the front.

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Most of the time I’m way in the back. This is the first time ever that I was actually just a couple of rows from the railing.

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It was great but also made me remember why being at the front sucks. Nobody dances. Everyone is just standing around taking photos and videos. It was really frustrating because I was trying to dance. I just can’t win. When I’m not at the front, I can’t dance because I can’t see anything. When I’m at the front, I can’t dance because no one else is dancing. I tried to make the best of it though, and danced as much as I could given the circumstances.

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After the master class, I took Brian to the store. He couldn’t get in with me earlier during the early access because it was only for the 3 STAR people. As we were leaving, we ran into a huge Filipino contingency. It was Christina and her crew.

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On the way back to our hotel room, we bumped into Kelly who is also in “Zumba Wear Outfit of the Day” Facebook group.

Anyway, that was pretty much how I spent my pre-convention day. Come back for a recap of the rest of ZINCON!

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Zumba, Zumba and Even More Zumba

Posted on July 16, 2019 by under Zumba.    

Zumba has been keeping me pretty busy lately. I originally only taught Zumba classes on the weekends at Andover YMCA. I taught Aqua Zumba and Zumba on Saturdays and then Zumba on Sundays. Then I picked up a Monday night Zumba class at VASA Fitness. VASA opened their first location in Wichita last summer. I actually taught my first class there the Monday that we arrived home from ZINCON. Brian thought I was nuts.

In September when my Andover YMCA Aqua Zumba class ended, I started teaching a Saturday morning Aqua Zumba class at VASA. I was still maintaining the status quo of only teaching classes on Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Oh, I did briefly teach on Wednesday nights until my friend Amanda completed her YMCA group exercise certification training. I was basically just holding that Wednesday night schedule until she could take over.

Anyway, I realized I really liked the Aqua Zumba and Zumba combo I do on Saturdays so, when an opportunity came up to teach Aqua Zumba at North YMCA in January, I took it. Now I have an Aqua Zumba and Zumba combo on Sundays too (Aqua Zumba at North YMCA at 12 PM and then Zumba at Andover YMCA at 2 PM). I am back at Andover YMCA for the summer. My friend Victoria is covering my Aqua Zumba classes that occur at the same time at VASA until the water park closes (around Labor Day) and my Andover YMCA Aqua Zumba class basically ends. Then I will be back teaching Aqua Zumba at VASA on Saturday mornings.

This pretty much the status quo. During the week, I either try to hit other people’s classes or play pickleball. I ended up getting completely addicted to pickleball over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday because I got to play a lot while I was off work. Anyway, I started playing almost every day at various places.

My friend Gina told me an opportunity to teach Aqua Zumba at Genesis West Central on Thursday nights (because two of their instructors left recently and they need to fill some time slots). Despite Brian’s protestations, I ended up snapping that up. I really love teaching Aqua Zumba. I love it so much that, when the coordinator asked me for a three-song audition, I talked her into inviting members so I could do a full one-hour class. I taught a free class basically but, when you’re doing something you enjoy, you’ll do it for free.

In the meantime, we went to Costa Rica with a group of friends so I was out of the country while she was deciding whether or not to hire me. We finalized the details when I got back and that was pretty much it. I joined my third gym this year. LOL.

It worked out perfect because the I was playing pickleball on the West side of town on Thursday nights (either at West Heights United Methodist Church or at West YMCA) so I was actually able to do both. I would teach my Aqua Zumba class at Genesis and then drive on over either to the church or West Y for some pickleball. I had the best of both worlds.

As I got into pickleball, I started skipping out on my Tuesday and Wednesday night workouts to go play pickleball instead. Apparently, I was playing too much because I developed tennis elbow. It sucked. I didn’t play for two weeks and then when I started playing again I could only play once a week.

As luck would have it, an opportunity to teach Zumba at Genesis Rock Road on Tuesday nights opened up. I couldn’t play pickleball and needed something to do so the timing was perfect. I picked up that side gig and was now teaching classes five days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

I was back to taking Step Aerobics and Zumba on Wednesday nights since I couldn’t play pickleball but then my friend Angie moved to Missouri and needed a bunch of her classes covered. I ended up picking up her Wednesday night Aqua Zumba at South YMCA out of that. She also teaches Water Walk on the same nights and, while I don’t normally teach that format and they did find someone to teach it, the person who picked it up isn’t available to teach it in July due to a schedule conflict so I do have to teach it three times this month. I went from teaching only three days a week to almost every single day of the week.

This month I’m teaching nine classes a week, which is the most number of classes I’ve ever taught it in a week. Next month that will drop down to eight when Lindsey takes over the Wednesday night Water Walk at South YMCA and then it will drop back down six classes a week after Labor Day when the water parks close.

As crazy as it has been, I have loved every minute of it. It’s also helping me keep my weight under control while I continue eating all of the bad foods I love. Anyway, I’m contemplating picking up some classes at VASA 2 when it opens this fall.

Here are some of the fun things that happened this month:

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We had a couple visiting from San Diego pop in to class.

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Loretta and Hank showed up in their matching shirts. It was super cute. She is a Zumba instructor and he used to live in the Wichita area. He left for greener pastures four years ago and they just happened to be in town over the holiday weekend. I’m so glad they picked my class to visit. Loretta said she found my class on Zumba.com. I think that’s how most visitors find me. So I always tell all of my ZIN friends to remember to keep their class schedules up to date and verified on the Zumba website. You never know who will be in town looking for a class.

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Another thing I started recently is Sunday workouts with Liz, Nikki and Jessie. I was playing pickleball on Sunday mornings but since I really can’t play too much because of my janky elbow, I found another way to expend all that pent up energy. We start our workout at 8:30 AM and then we stay for Jessie’s 9:30 AM Zumba class. Then I have my 12:00 PM Aqua Zumba class at North YMCA, followed by my 2:00 PM Zumba class at Andover YMCA. After all that, when the sun goes down I can play some pickleball. Sundays are pretty awesome. It is hands down my favorite day of the week because I get to do all the things I love to do.

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Thursday night Aqua Zumba at Genesis West Central is starting to pick up. I was actually at risk of losing the class a few weeks ago because we had schlew of bad weather and there were a few consecutive weeks where I only had two participants each time. My coordinator talked to me about a possible format change and since I only want to teach Aqua Zumba and I don’t want to teach any other formats, we’d have to give the time slot to someone else. She was super nice about it. I think she was worried about hurting my feelings but, honestly, I was thinking I would just go back to playing pickleball on Thursday nights. My arm had started to feel better and I was about ready to increase my playing time to twice a week. Anyway, the weather is better and my attendance is up so I’m still teaching the Aqua Zumba classes on Thursday nights. I am now back to playing pickleball after class also. Now that it’s summer and we can play outside, we’ve been playing at Seneca Park on Thursdays. It works out perfect because it’s on my way home.

Since I’m only teaching at Genesis West Central one night a week and I’m usually just there for class, I hadn’t had an opportunity to meet my teammates. I know Gina because we go way back and I know my coordinator because she hired me but I’d never met anyone else. I finally got this opportunity last Friday when we had our team building event at 6S, a fancy steakhouse on the West side of town owned by the same company. I’d only been there once before when Brian’s boss Rune invited us to have dinner there.

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Here’s a picture of our good looking group. We are all West 13th and West Central group fitness instructors. Various class formats are represented her not just water exercise. Below is a pic of some of the aquatics team.

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(From bottom left) Gina, Trinity, Cris (our fearless leader), and Aline (top right).

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Unlike my Genesis West Central Aqua Zumba class, my class at North YMCA is pretty solid. We always have a great turnout, no matter what the weather is doing. If it’s bad outside, we take the class inside and still have our workout. We don’t cancel and people always show up. These guys are hardcore.

The attendance of the Saturday morning Aqua Zumba class at Andover YMCA is not as good as the Sunday afternoon at North YMCA but still very good. It’s actually beginning to pick up as we the summer heats up. 8:45 AM is a little early for most people but I’m getting some good numbers. Much better than previous years.

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Our workout this past Sunday at VASA was super fun. Great workout with Liz, Jessie and Nikki and then Liz was subbing for Jessie but Jessie still attended class. Liz didn’t have a set playlist so I got to do my new warmup again (which was extra practice for me). Jessie did songs and Lauren who was in town for the weekend to celebrate Ella and Shirley’s birthdays also did songs. It turned into an impromptu Zumba party. Zumba class is always a party but this past Sunday was more so than usual. Anyway, we had a great time!

So, I was initially really bummed about my tennis elbow and not being able to play as much pickleball as I want. I love it so much. I love it almost more than Zumba. I’m doing more Zumba as a result but I’m still having fun. As they say, when life hands you lemons… I’ve gotten pretty darn good at making lemonade!

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Fourth of July Road Trip

Posted on July 14, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink, Zumba.    

For the 4th of July, Rose invited us to the Zumbathon they were having at Newton YMCA. I’d never been there before because of both the distance and my schedule so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to check it out. We weren’t having any Zumba in Andover that day so the girls and I decided to carpool. We basically had a mini road trip.

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(From left) Amanda, Kathy, Charis, and I all met up at our house and then we took Brian’s SUV to the Newton YMCA.

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This is Rose. I’m so glad that she told me about their Zumbathon. It was the prefect excuse to visit Newton. It never occurred to me to go over there before because it’s a 40-minute drive from my house (one way). If I go for just one class then I spend more time in the car then working out. The day of the two-hour 4th of July Zumbathon was the perfect time to visit because it made the long drive worth it.

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Here’s a pic of the four of us plus Jamie. This is basically the Andover crew.

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Here’s a pic of me and Mandy. Mandy is home-based in Andover but she teaches at both Andover and Newton.

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Everyone was very festively attired that day. Amanda and Kathy, in particular, looked adorably cute.

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Andover crew with Mandy and Rose.

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Here’s our group pic. They were clever and took the pic during the halfway point so we wouldn’t miss people who had left early in our group photo. I thought it was really smart. I made a mental note to do this at my next event.

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I was famished after two hours of dancing, as were the others, so we all decided to grab a bite to eat. Since we were in Newton and we weren’t sure when we would be back, we wanted to eat somewhere local. We initially went to the Bread Basket, known for their amazing pies, but they were closed. It was quite disappointing because everyone had talked up how good the place is and how delicious their pies are, I really had my hear set on eating there and having a slice of pie for dessert.

Apparently, Newton is one of those towns where everything shuts down on Sundays and holidays. Anyway, we had just about given up and were on our way to hit the Cracker Barrel in Park City for lunch on the way home when Rose called and told us that Genova, the local Italian restaurant, was open.

We would much rather eat somewhere local so we quickly caught up with Jamie and her fiancé Alex at the gas station and told them the change of plans.

Here are some of our food pics:

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I’m so glad that Rose recommended Genova because it was so good. Their bread, along with the oil and vinegar dipping sauce, was amazing! I loved it so much I ate three rolls before my lunch showed up.

We had one last roll left, which I was going to bring home to Brian so he could try it. I guess the lady overheard us because she came out with a couple of sacks of fresh-baked bread. Instead of having one roll, Brian got three rolls. Anyway, I can’t wait to go back and take Brian so he can try the delicious food they make there.

It was a super fun day overall. It sort of felt like we were on a road trip, albeit a short one. I think it would be fun to go a master class or a jam session out of town with these girls. Hopefully soon!

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Zumba All Night Long

Posted on July 13, 2019 by under Events, Zumba.    

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Last month several of us participated in Zumba at Relay for Life. It was such a fun night. We started by taking my friend Charis’ Friday night Zumba class at the Andover YMCA and then we all met for dinner and ice cream — basically just killing time so that people would stay awake and not bail — before our 11 PM Zumba session at Relay for Life.

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Several of us are part of the Zumba Wear Outfit of the Day group on Facebook and that week just happened to be metallic week so we all donned our best and shiniest outfits! It gave me a reason to wear my holographic tank I got at ZINCON last year.

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Here’s a pic of us that Brian took at Oak and Pie as we were waiting for the rest of our group to show up.

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I was very excited to drink my drink.

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Obligatory pictures of food, naturally.

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Brian and I shared some meatballs and a chicken bacon ranch pizza.

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Here are the other pizzas that people had.

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I’ve slept since then and I, unfortunately, cannot remember what they’re called.

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The all looked quite delicious! The one Brian and I got sure was!

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Post-dinner group photo.

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Afterwards we still had lots of time to kill so we went to Churn & Burn for dessert. Some people had never been there.

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In the past Relay for Life has been at Bishop Carroll High School. This year they changed the venue to Wichita Collegiate, which actually worked to our advantage because most of us are East-siders. We didn’t have to drive clear across town this year. Since it was at Collegiate, it gave us a reason to check out the newer Churn & Burn location on Central and Greenwich.

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Charis gave it her seal of approval.

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Rose changed her whole outfit. I just changed my shirt. We planned our matching outfits that night.

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It was a nice night for ice cream on the patio.

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Then it was time to head over to Wichita Collegiate for the Relay for Life event.

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Here are just a few of the pics we took that night.

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Here’s a pic of me with Angelisa (left) and Jessica (right). Angelisa is the one who contacts me about volunteering to lead Zumba at the event each year.

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Brian and Kate.

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It was a beautiful night for dancing! There was a nice breeze and it wasn’t too hot. The weather was absolutely perfect.

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At the end of the evening, after everyone had left, as we were walking to our cars, Rose and I were beckoned by the awesome displays. We couldn’t help ourselves. We ended up doing a bunch of after pics.

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I had so much fun. I hope the others did too. I love helping with this event. I’m glad they moved it up a few weeks this year. Last year I was at ZINCON during the event and I couldn’t help. Melissa ended up leading the charge. I hope it works out for us to do this again next year. Until then… XOXO, Ching.

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Photo Shoot Pictures

Posted on July 4, 2019 by under Projects, Zumba.    

Here’s a link to the photos that Hannah took a few weeks ago at Riverside Park. In case you don’t have time to follow the link, I’m sharing some of my favorites here.

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Okay, so since I shared so many of these, you’d think that I liked them all. There are actually quite a few more photos that I didn’t share here. They were all very good. I just didn’t like how I look in them.

I’ve already used a few of them to promote some of my Zumba classes. They’re perfect for that purpose.

Hannah did such a fabulous job on these that Brian and I have scheduled another shoot with her. This time it will be with both of us and the dogs.

Speaking of photo shoots, Brian and I had a photo shoot a couple of weeks ago with another photographer. The photo session was given to us by my coworker Tammie who had won it at the Memory Gala.

We also loved those photos but the price was kind of expensive so we didn’t end up getting the rights to use them. We are getting an 11 X 14 mounted print that we can frame and hang on the wall, though. We won’t get it for a few weeks but will definitely let you know when we have it.

Brian did take a few photos of me and the dogs while we were waiting for the photographer. His photos actually turned out well.

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While these pictures that Brian took aren’t professional photos, they’re actually quite good and they didn’t cost us a penny! LOL.

Until next time. GNG.

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