Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

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Saturday of Zumba Convention 2014 was the last big day with lots of fun on the agenda and 3 big sessions:

  • 9:30am – 11:00am Master Class with Kass Martin
  • lunch in the hotel room
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm Hip-Hop Turn Up with Gina Grant and Dahrio Wonder
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm Burlesque with Gina Grant
  • 7:30pm dinner at Roy’s
  • 9:00pm – until Theme Party – Celebrate Your Culture

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

I kicked off the day with a lively master class with Kass Martin. Everyone always raves about Kass, but sadly, this was my first Kass experience. I can see why everyone loves her so much. Kass put all of her energy into that master class, and for Day 3 of Zumba Convention, that is a lot! You could tell she wasn’t holding back on us, and I had a flippin blast! It didn’t even feel like it was the morning. It felt like I was out at night partying at a club!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

Kass had some cute choreo, but mostly I was paying a lot of attention to her teaching style. It probably stems from my old skating days, but I really love training and practicing being a Zumba instructor. I’m always looking for ways to improve my teaching, and one thing I love to analyze is how a great instructor, like Kass, teaches their class. I loved watching Kass in action to see how she not only danced and cued but how she engaged the class and interacted with the room. She was amazing!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

{Sign around Zumba Convention 2014}

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

After a quick lunch back at the hotel room, I headed back to the Hyatt for Hip-Hop Turn Up with Gina Grant and Dahrio Wonder. Gina is one of my favorite ZESs. We even traveled to Virginia once to see Gina and Tanya for their Gin and Tonic Tour a couple years ago.

I’ve done the hip hop session at Convention twice in the past: once with Michael and George and once with Michael and Eric (who stepped in for George when there was a minor snafu with George’s travel). I was sad to see that Michael and George weren’t teaching the hip hop session, but glad that there was still a hip hop session at all and that it was with one of my faves.

Gina and Dahrio did a great job with the session. We did a Groove Section where we learned a mini routine and then broke down 3 hip hop inspired songs. After the breakdowns, we put it all together for a master class. It was fun! I think hip hop can sometimes be intimidating for people, but Gina and Dahrio made the class really simple with easy-to-follow moves that still made you feel like you were a hip hop rock star.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

We even had a special guest…

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

Beto!

PS I must have picked the popular sessions or something because almost all of my sessions were in this same room. Do you recognize it from the other photos? Anywho, I just thought it was kind of funny because Zumba Convention actually spans 3 hotels AND the Convention Center, so there are plenty of rooms for all the sessions. I just kept ending up here! Hey, I’m not complaining. This room was my favorite because it had the awesome stage and all the fantastic lighting!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

After the hip hop session, I swung by the Zumbawear store to look “just one more time”. Dangerous last words, I know.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

The store was pretty cleared out, and I was sticking to my guns to not shop as much this year. I did find one other cute top for $20 that I decided to bring home.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

Next up – it was time for Burlesque with Gina Grant, Melissa Chiz, and Betsy Dopico!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

I did Burlesque last year and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to another round. We went over some Burlesque basics, broke down 3 songs (one led by each presenter), and then put everything together in a master class. I really love the girly feel of this session. There were some super-cute moves from this session that I hope to put into some new choreo for my classes.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 3} Kass Martin, Hip Hop Turn Up, Burlesque, and Theme Party

I went out with some friends for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants – Roy’s! More on that next time.

As for the Theme Party this year, the theme was Celebrate Your Culture. I kept my outfit simple, but I couldn’t wait to see what everyone else was wearing. Some people really go all out, and I love to see all the costumes! I posted a couple more photos over on my Facebook page (click). You do not want to miss the tribal-looking crew!

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Thanks for reading! Next time – dinner at Roy’s!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor’s Master Class

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After fueling up at Hammock Beach, we hit the road for Orlando and the 2014 Zumba Convention!

On the schedule (in the order we hoped we could pull off):

  • Check into the hotel
  • Go to the grocery store
  • 12:30 – 2:30pm Latin Pop with Lindsey Taylor
  • 3:30 – 5:30pm Tribute to the King of Pop with Steve Boedt
  • 7:00 – 8:30pm Master Class with Lindsey Taylor
  • Dinner

Unfortunately, things didn’t quite happen in the order we wanted, but we just had to shuffle things around. Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, but we were able to put our things into our friends’ hotel room and change there, too. Phew! Big thanks to Angie and Jennie!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

I’m always thankful for the “white mile” – the covered walk-way that runs between the three main locations of Zumba Convention: The Hyatt (formerly known as the Peabody), The Convention Center (in the center), and the Hilton. This walkway keeps us safely out of traffic and covered from the sun and rain.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

My first session was in the Hyatt where many of the main events, like the theme party, take place. The vendor booths are also located here.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

There was a big line waiting for Latin Pop when I arrived. I was excited not only for my first Zumba Convention 2014 session but to enjoy one of my faves (click here to check out my post from last year).

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

This was my third year in a row attending Latin Pop. I just love this session – from the songs to the dance moves.

Latin Pop usually features some move breakdowns in a couple categories (including House, Waacking/Vogueing, and Urban Movement) and a master class. For the music, Lindsey only uses five artists: Shakira, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and JLo. Love them! The session is upbeat and has plenty of sass. Of all the sessions, I’ve gotten the most choreo inspiration from this one since I really connect with this particular style of song and dance.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

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Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

Best year yet!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

This year, there was a ZIN DJ Stage in the Hyatt.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

There were many different sessions going on throughout the convention, and it was nice to have something to watch in between sessions if you didn’t have time to run back to your hotel room. With one hour between session #1 and #2, this was a great break for me since I didn’t have the time to go to the room. I had enough time to grab a quick snack and watch a couple songs at the stage.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

My second session was just one room down from Latin Pop – Tribute to the King of Pop with Steve Boedt.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

I thought the session would teach us a bunch of Michael Jackson moves, but Steve explained early on that the class wasn’t set up to imitate Michael. Instead, this session was made to celebrate Michael.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

Steve had lots of fun mixes of classic Michael Jackson songs, including some with Latin spins. I always enjoy his choreography and energy, so I had a great time.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

Many sessions feature choreo or move breakdowns, but this session was mostly about the dancing. We didn’t do any breakdowns, but there was a short presentation near the end. Steve talked briefly about Michael and offered some general tips during his presentation. I did Steve’s Be the Inspiration presentation in 2012, and it’s one of my all-time favorites. I love Steve’s take on teaching (he’s so uplifting!), so I’m always happy to hear whatever tips he wants to share.

After this, Sarah and I were finally able to check into our hotel room. We wanted to squeeze in a trip to the grocery store, but there just wasn’t time.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

For my last session of the day, I went to Lindsey Taylor’s master class for 90 minutes of Zumba fun! It was a great way to end my first day of Zumba Convention 2014, but boy was I tired.

After the session, Sarah and I were finally able to take a quick trip down the road to the Publix, which is just a mile or so away. We got snacks, waters, etc. for the rest of convention.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 1} Latin Pop, Tribute to the King of Pop, and Lindsey Taylor's Master Class

And we wanted to have dinner by the pool, but we didn’t get back from the grocery store until almost 10pm, and the restaurant closed at 9. Doh! Luckily, David’s (inside the Hilton) was still open. After the long day of driving, dancing, and running around, we just wanted to eat and sleep. I had a glass of prosecco and the grilled cheese with tomato bisque. After enjoying dinner, it was definitely bed time!

One day down, three to go! Next up – Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 2}!

Workout and Eats Recap {08-06-2014}

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Happy Thursday! I wanted to share some photos from the week so far of the farmers market, some eats, and my Wednesday workout.

Farmers Market Vegetables

Life has been busy, and I haven’t found the time to go to the farmers market in many weeks. I finally went Tuesday night to Atherton Mill and Market, and it was great seeing some of my vendor friends and picking up lots of delicious vegetables to cook later. I snagged some okra, cabbage, a couple roma tomatoes…

Farmers Market Tomatoes

…and some of these colorful tomatoes.

Farmers Market Artisan Bread

I also checked out one of the newer vendors – Carolina Artisan Bread. One of my class regulars, Bruce, has been raving about their bread, so I had to stop by their booth while I was at the market. After chatting with Bill, the owner and baker, I picked up a loaf of the whole wheat to check out.

Okra and Tomatoes

I cooked up the okra and tomatoes (thinking of sharing the recipe) that night to go with some grilled chicken and mashed potatoes (leftover from dinner on Sunday).

Dance Workout Recap

I was actually a little under the weather when I taught class last Wednesday and wasn’t feeling myself until this Wednesday, so I was really looking forward to class! I hadn’t worked out in almost a week, so it was good to get moving again.

Also, I’ve gotten used to looking forward to using my heart rate monitor, so I was excited to get some new stats. Since I got the HRM, I usually get everything on and set up, and I test to make sure the connection is good well before class starts. Last night, I decided that since all the previous tests were great, I didn’t need to do it this time. That was a mistake since when I tried to turn it on just after turning on the playlist, the connection failed. Doh! I had already started teaching class, so it was too late to try to fix it. When I teach, my class comes first, so I was more worried about making sure the music was good and that I was leading the song okay. Oh well, now I know to keep doing that HRM test before class! I’m pretty sure I burned more than 13 calories. Based on my past reads, the estimated calories burned was more like 600-ish. Not bad!

Here’s my Wednesday playlist:

  1. Rain Over Me
  2. Born This Way
  3. Que te Pica
  4. Locked Out of Heaven
  5. Tempted to Touch
  6. Boomerang
  7. Tusty
  8. Blue Jeans
  9. Ven Conmigo
  10. Break Your Heart
  11. Battlefield
  12. Adrenalina
  13. Let’s Go
  14. Bend Over
  15. I’ll Be There

I was feeling tired from the work day, but dance recharged me. A night with dancing is a good night!

Salad with Tomatoes

I had planned out an easy and pretty quick dinner. Hubby cooked pasta while I was at class, so when I came home, I just had to assemble a salad with those farmers market tomatoes.

Baked Ziti

I mixed the pasta with some leftover meat sauce from Monday’s spaghetti dinner and topped it with slices from a ball of mozzarella. The pasta baked while I got settled in for the night. I had a slice of the yummy artisan whole wheat bread on the side.

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Own Your Strength Shirt and Apparel Discount

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In case you missed it, the Own Your Strength Shirt design is now available in The Chic Life Spreadshirt shop (click to view t-shirt and tank top options).

Own Your Strength Shirt

One of the other Own Your Strength shirt design options had a ton of votes, too, and also has a different feel, so I’m hoping to add that to the shop later. Plus, I had a couple other ideas for fun shirts I’m hoping to roll out in the next couple days (or maybe tonight?!), including one fun one that I think will be fun to wear at Zumba Convention.

I’ve talked before about why I like the Own Your Strength line, but I really do feel like it’s an empowering message that you can take with you from everyday life to the gym. Many people look for strength without realizing how strong they already are. Own Your Strength!

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From now till August 12th, save 20% on orders over $30 with discount code SUMMER14. Happy shopping! :)

Own Your Strength Shirt Options

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I’m very motivated by positive words and sayings, and I like to surround myself with them. That’s part of the reason I really wanted to open a t-shirt shop. I don’t always see the designs I want out there, so I figured…why not make them? I have a notebook of motivational sayings that I often go to, and I’m working on bringing them to life in t-shirts and tank tops for my Spreadshirt Shop. I stayed up till midnight looking up fonts and playing with designs last night for one of my favorite sayings. Here are the Own Your Strength shirt options I came up with:

Own Your Strength Shirt Options

{Taking a break from my Outer Banks posts to share these – hot off the press!}

The Own Your Strength message comes from a sign I made for a 4-miler I went to a few years ago as a spectator. The saying has become very meaningful to me in the years since then. Strength is something I’m focusing on in my workouts (and life) currently. I don’t intend to become a body builder or anything like that, but I do want to work towards becoming stronger. I would love to have a shirt with this saying on it to use as motivation during my workouts and for life, in general. I also hope the message may resonate with people who see me wearing it as a reminder that we’re all stronger than we often know, literally and figuratively. Let’s own it!

Which Own Your Strength shirt option do you like most?

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