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#ZINCON Kickoff Day

Posted on August 14, 2018 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Thursday morning is convention kickoff day. I usually try to get in line early but by the time Brian and I walk over from our hotel room to the ballroom the line is almost always already long. It wasn’t too bad this year. As an added bonus, I ran into Patty Leddy (one of the ZCOM Reps for our region, District 43 — Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma).

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I knew immediately it would be a great day!

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Brian, the caped Wichita flag man, waited in line with me until they let us in. Met some people while in line. There’s quite a few pics so I’ll spare you those. They only make sense to me anyhow. It didn’t take long for the doors to open and then we were finally inside. Here’s a selfie of me waiting for the kickoff session to begin.

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Los Jefes (Rob and Rose) won Inspiration of the Year.

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And Diosiris Visbal, who I met in 2013 at my very first #ZINCON, won the Angel Diversity Scholarship award. It’s very rare that I actually know the people receiving awards, which made this year’s kickoff quite special.

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BIP performed. I didn’t get the best pics at kickoff but I made up for it during the theme party. You’ll see when I post those photos and videos.

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We got to see the actors who are playing Beto in the Colombian TV series about his life. The two younger actors are actually dancers in real life. The older one is a famous Colombian actor.

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Here’s a better picture of the four of them.

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After kickoff I had Reggaeton Rebellion with Loretta and Marcie. I think I had Reggaeton Rebellion in 2013 or 2014. I’ll have to look back at old blogs and pics. Anyway, I met these Filipino ZINs while waiting in line for our session.

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I took a selfie during one of the breaks.

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I didn’t stay for photos with Loretta and Marcie after the session because I have a few with them already. I pretty much stalk them every chance I get when we’re on the cruise. I did take a selfie on my way to Afrobeat – Makossa.

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Here’s a post Afrobeat – Makossa group photo.

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Ended the night with my five-for-one master class featuring Mauricio Camargo, Ecem Kuntay, Benjamin Richard, Rodrigo Angelo, and William Villasenor. It was amazing! The five of them worked so well together.

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I’m not sure what happened to Mauricio that he’s not in this photo. I’m really sad about this. LOL. He must have had somewhere to be.

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Speaking of, the presenters also provide demos and mini sessions at the We Move the World stage in addition to their regular workshops, sessions, and trainings they have to lead. Here’s the schedule of the different demos and mini-sessions that happened at the We Move the World stage. There’s so much going on that you really could just come and hang out, even if you’re not registered for convention.

Granted you don’t get to go to the sessions, fitness-concert, or theme party but you could learn a lot just by hanging out around the stage. This is a great option for spouses (like Brian), non-ZIN friends who are traveling with with their ZIN friends, or for ZINs who didn’t have money for registration but still want to be part of the action. I’ve actually heard of people doing the latter and having a great time. Not sure if it compares to the real experience but it’s certainly an option.

Anyway, that is it for Thursday. More #ZINCON recap next time. GNG!

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