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ZINCON Events

Posted on August 16, 2019 by under Zumba.    

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Here’s a pic of me and my friend Kimberly at the fitness-concert.

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Here we are with Brynden at the end of the event.

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Plus Jessie and Rose…

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This pic of me, Rose, Brynden and Jessie turned out super blurry.

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Here’s a much better one.

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Me and Jessie with Brynden in the background.

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There were so many people!

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I don’t have a lot of pics from the theme party but we had an amazing time.

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Pic at the closing ceremony. Los Duros was the largest fitness concert team ever.

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This year’s ZINCON was super fun. I was very sad when it was all over. But I was thrilled to be able to share the experience with 10 of my ZIN friends from Wichita. I can’t wait until next year!

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Some of My Favorite Sessions

Posted on August 14, 2019 by under Zumba.    

And other random pics…

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I didn’t stay for pics at the end of the Bring It: Be the Life of the Party session because I was rushing to my next thing and I really regret it. Madelle, Marlex, J-Lin, and JJ killed it. Not to mention, Prince assisted. He hasn’t been to ZINCON in a few years so that was super special. And, I had no idea that he DJs.

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The line for pics was too long so, after a quick pic with Sarah and Jessie who were in the same session with me, I bailed. In hindsight, I probably should have stayed because Prince hasn’t been to ZINCON in what seems like forever and when else am I going to get all of these guys together again the same room. Hopefully, next year. But that means I’ll have to go again. We’ll see.

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I bumped into David and Lars, not together but that same afternoon. They are a couple of presenters who I met through training at previous ZINCONs.

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Also bumped into Sabrina. I met her a few ZINCONs ago too.

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I did stay for photos with Benjamin and Rodrigo after House Experience and got a couple of really great pics.

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That’s Rodrigo on the left and Benjamin on the right.

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The best part is that the three of us were in matching shirts and shoes!

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Speaking of being matchy-matchy, Brynden and Melissa and I all wore the same leggings to House Experience. FTW!

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The next day, I started the morning in Sabor Cubano. They gave us Cuban flags while waiting in line so I wore mine in my hair.

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I got to see Chuany, who I first met in the Zumba cruise in 2016.

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Here she is with the rest of the team.

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My pic with the Sabor Cubano team.

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I lucked out and bumped into J-Lin from Bring It at the end of my Sabor Cubano session. So, while I didn’t get a group pic with the rest of the Bring It crew, at least we got to selfie together.

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Also bumped into Charrise in between sessions. I found her in one of the hallways working on her ZIN jam choreos, poring over her meticulous notes, and videotaping herself mastering the routines. That’s really the way to do it so you come home with all the routines. I’m going to need to do the same thing next year to make the most of my ZINCON experience.

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Here’s me with Dave and Los Jefes.

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Me and DJ Chris right before Afrobeat Makossa.

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Me and my girl Gina Graziani.

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Me and Kimberly waiting for our Afrobeat Makossa session.

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With Brian this time.

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This is us, ready for our session.

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With Ricardo and Alexsa.

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In the line for Tropical Urban.

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A few more pics from Tropical Urban.

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We had the goofiest Tropical Urban photos because Jessie, Mara and I were supposed to rearrange so each one of us could be in the middle but, instead of switching phones, we agreed that we would just use my phone to save time. However, only the person taking the photos and I understood what was happening.

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I found Michael and Kizzy after their session.

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Oh, and check this out, I got a pic with M. Night Shyamalan (also known as Mr. B or Dr. B’s husband when at ZINCON).

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Motown with Kass and Steve.

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These two are always so uplifting.

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I already have a few photos with these guys but I just have to get one each time. I am a huge fan. Not just of their talents but all of the nuggets of wisdom that they impart at every workshop.

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Speaking of people I am a huge fan of, here’s Mr. Elegante himself, Max Pizzolante.

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The 2019 Latin Urban crew.

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Group pic with the Wichita crew after Latin Urban.

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Me and Rose and Jessie with Los Jefes.

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We had so much fun this year. I think what made it more special is that I got to share the experience with ten other instructors from Wichita. This is the most people we’ve ever had attend from here.

I was fully immersed in the experience and didn’t take nearly as much pictures as I normally do but hopefully this was enough to give you a taste of all the fun we had that weekend. I am so pumped and can’t wait until next year!

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ZW Insider Photo Shoot

Posted on August 13, 2019 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Speaking of photos, I did make it to the Zumba Wear Insider 3-Star photo shoot on Thursday. Brought my new gear with me and snapped up a few pics.

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These home office gals are super cool. I love seeing them every year.

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As if that weren’t enough, Brian and I also had our own little photo shoots.

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The Hilton Orlando resort pool area is so beautiful, it’s the prefect place to take photos. This is all for now. Come back next time for more ZINCON recaps.

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ZINCON Kick Off Day

Posted on August 12, 2019 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Thursday was ZINCON kickoff day. Naturally, I wore all new stuff I got from the store the previous day. 😉

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In case you are curious about what all I got, here’s a video clip of me trying on my new Zumba wear finds.

I did go back to the store with Brian after the ZIN Flavors Master Class to get this button up shirt. I originally didn’t want one but, after seeing it on a bunch of the presenters, I just had to have it.

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Took some fun pics with the giant signage.

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Pic of me and Brian while I was waiting to get in to the kick off session.

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Got a pretty good spot at kick off and I was joined by Joel, Mara and Danielle.

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Danielle and I wore the same shirt that day.

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I left as kick off was wrapping up because the gift shop was about to open. Brian had been holding my spot in line. Thanks to him, I was the first one in!

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After shopping a bit, it was time to head to my first session — a master class with Mauricio Camargo. I also had Bring It with Prince and Madelle Paltu-Ob and Marlex Pangalunan and House Experience with Benjamin Richard and Rodrigo Angello later that day. I didn’t stay for pics for any of these.

In hindsight, I kind of wish that I would have stayed for pics because I didn’t get a lot of pics on kickoff day. And I regret that. The lines were just sooo long, though! Perhaps next year. Until then, GNG.

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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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