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Getting Themes Going in Zumba Class

Posted on August 13, 2016 by under Zumba.    

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Andrea and I unintentionally matched last weekend. It has inspired me to get themes going in Zumba class.

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Oh, and I have a few more of these Zumba World Tour buttons. If you would like one, just come up to me in class. I’m giving these away until I run out of them. If you want all 11 designs, you can get the entire pack at Zumba.com. Remember to use affiliate code CHING any time you order so you can get 10% OFF.

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Ping Pong, Anyone?

Posted on August 12, 2016 by under Games.    

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Came back to work after ZINCON and found this in our “fun” room at work. It’s perfect because it’s too hot to play outside at the pop-up park in the middle of summer. We’ve gotten great use out of the new ping pong table since we got it. Kinda makes me want to get one of our basement.

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Day 4 of ZINCON 2016

Posted on August 11, 2016 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Here’s Brian sporting his new Zumba sweatpants on our final full day in Orlando…

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My final session of ZINCON 2016 was Sabor Cubano with ZES Betsy Dopico and Team CUBA. Here are a couple of videos from the demo they did at the beginning of the workshop.

The demo was meant to give us a preview of the rhythms prevalent in Cuban music: Rumba, Son, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, Timba, Conga, and Cubaton.

I know Betsy said it wasn’t meant to be a show but it was a great visual presentation of the history and development of Cuban rhythms.

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Here’s one of my favorite photos from the session.

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This is a great one of Betsy up close.

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I went straight to the closing session after Sabor Cubano because I knew the line would be long already. I was right. This is as close as I could get. The picture above is of Zumba CEO Alberto Perlman, also known as AP. I actually got a picture with him in 2013, when I attended my very first ZINCON.

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After the closing session, I went back to the room to help Brian pack because we have an early departure the next day. While we were packing, I showed him my impressive ZINCON hotel room keycard collection.

All the way up on the 26th floor, we could hear the loud music coming from the Hyatt Regency pool below. It was so tempting to go down there. However, we were responsible and did our packing and then got ready to meet our old neighbors Jim and Karen for dinner.

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Brian and I walked over to Pointe Orlando, where we were meeting Jim and Karen, a few minutes early so we could do some Pokémon GO hunting. LOL. This seemed like a nice place to stop and catch some mons while we waited for them.

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We initially talked about going to Cuba Libre because I had a hankering for Cuban food (specially after my Sabor Cubano session that morning) but they weren’t open yet and we were hungry.

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We ended up eating at the Pub Orlando instead. Brian ate there without me three years ago. He walked over there while I was in one of my sessions.

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I was originally bummed about not getting Cuban food while in Florida but the fabulous dinner company more than made up for it. Also, the Pub has an extensive beer list which was great for these two.

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Jim ordered the fish and chips.

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Brian had the ham sandwich on a pretzel roll, which is his favorite thing to get there. How you have a favorite sandwich at a place you’ve only been to twice in your life is beyond me. He says it is his favorite, though.

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Karen and I ordered the exact same thing: the chicken tenders with the side of mac and cheese. The mac and cheese was amazing. I would order it all again.

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It was so wonderful to see Jim and Karen again. We’ve missed them so much.

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Day 3 of ZINCON 2016

Posted on August 10, 2016 by under Events, Travel, Zumba.    

Of all of the trainings I’ve ever taken at ZINCON, I looked forward to Zumba Basic 2 with ZES Loretta Bates the most. Why? Because she is AMAZING!

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The best part about the training is that she was assisted by two very talented people: ZES George Iu and ZES Michael Marmitte.

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ZES Priscilla Mirabal from Oklahoma was there to help as well. Interestingly, Priscilla was the ZES who trained Loretta when she was licensed years ago.

In Basic 1, we learned the four basic rhythms: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Reggaeton. In Basic 2, we learned six additional rhythms: Flamenco, Samba, Belly Dance, Soca, Tango, and Quebradita. We also learned about stylistic separation which is important for staying true to the unique flavor of each distinct rhythm.

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Anyway, after a fabulous Basic 2 training, it was time for the prom night theme party. We ran into some of friends from Wichita: Abby, Crystal, and Gina.

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I also ran into the fabulous Chuany who we met on the cruise back in January. She’s an instructor at Betsy and Beto’s studio.

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For my prom outfit, I found an $8 dress from Goodwill which fit me perfectly. It’s a short dress so I didn’t have to worry about having to get it hemmed. I got a pair of silver Street Boss sneakers from Zumba.com to go with my dress. I also wore my ZINCON 2013 wristbands because the colors actually worked with my dress.

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Here’s a look at the whole outfit. See, I wasn’t the only one wearing sneakers!

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The craziest part about this next photo is not everyone attended the theme party.

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This is just a fraction of the people at ZINCON. Andrea and I didn’t end up getting official prom photos because the lines at all of the photo stations were long. Even though there was more than one photo area, they all had long lines. Andrea and I did manage to find the lash and lip bar. That was fun. They gave us fake eyelashes and glitter lipstick. It reminded me of the face-painting booth at the ZIN Soiree in 2013. The theme that year was A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Here’s how we looked with our fake eyelashes, glitter lipstick, and jewels…

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I had such a blast hanging out with Andrea at ZINCON. I’m so glad she could attend this year!

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Day 2 of ZINCON 2016

Posted on August 10, 2016 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Day 2 consisted of Zumba Sentao training. Because he’s awesome, Brian walked me to my training which is clear past the convention center at the Hilton. It’s the furthest class from everything.

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Anyway, not only did he walk me to class, he made a friend too.

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ZES Abraham Hernandez presented the training with a lot of help from these two lovely ladies: Karla (left) and Nathalia (right).

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Training got a little out of hand a few times leading up to this. Yes, the class managed to talk Abraham into taking his shirt off. Then Nathalia had to spoil the fun by being protective. LOL.

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As with any training, there were fun parts, there were boring parts, and there were painful parts. The group work at the end of the session was particularly painful because the class was way too big… But we managed to make it through without any fights breaking out. So I guess that’s a victory.

I actually didn’t plan to take Zumba Sentao originally. I really wanted to get into to STRONG by Zumba, the newest format in the Zumba portfolio. However, all of the STRONG sessions at ZINCON were already full by the time Brian was able to get into the online registration system. I’m already licensed to teach all of the other formats so that’s how I ended up enrolled in Sentao training.

After my training class, Andrea, Brian and I hung out for a while before the fitness concert. I was going to skip the fitness concert this year but I ended up going for a couple of reasons. First, none of Andrea’s roommates wanted to go so she didn’t have anyone to go with and she didn’t want to go alone. I wanted her to experience the fitness concert since it’s her very first ZINCON so I told her I would go with her. Second, I wanted to be there just in case something really cool happened.

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We kind of coordinated. 😉

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We ran into two of her roomies, Andra and Pat, on our way to the fitness concert.

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Here’s are a few obligatory goofy photos. Just ’cause.

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Ran into some Pinoys.

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At the fitness concert, I was good and followed the rules. I only took a couple of pictures. Beto hates it when people just stand and take photos/videos instead of dancing. I figured, I’d already gotten it out of my system the first couple of years. Plus, we were toward the front so he could actually see us and I didn’t want the man to think badly of me. He is, after all, the God of Zumba.

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When Andrea and I got to the convention center, the line was already almost out the door. We didn’t wait very long before the doors opened to let everyone in. Since we got there later than I wanted, I was amazed that we were able to get so close to the stage. The reason became apparent as soon as the music started. We were right underneath a set of speakers!

We lasted about a song and a half before we decided to move several rows back. I made a mental note to bring earplugs to the fitness concert just in case I end up right under the speakers again.

I was also amazed by the number of selfie sticks I saw considering selfie sticks were banned from the fitness concert. Not sure how everyone got their selfie sticks past security. Then again, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Security is usually pretty lacking at ZINCON. They didn’t even check my ID at registration.

After the fitness concert, Andrea, Brian, and I hung out in our hotel room for a bit while Brian made us lunches for the next day. We introduced Andrea to Nutella and completely rocked her world. LOL.

Come back next time to hear about my Zumba Basic 2 training with ZES (and uber Z-lebrity) Loretta Bates which, in a word, was AMAZING!

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