Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

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For the last day of our Zumba Convention road trip, we originally planned to just hit the road straightaway. But, after getting rained out the day before, we decided to spent just a short time at the beach before heading home.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is beautiful, and of course the weather was just perfect on the day we were leaving. From the beach to the pools, I definitely want to come back here!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

We decided to hit up the Omni’s Sunrise Café for a quick breakfast. I had no intentions of getting the breakfast buffet, but I decided to take a look at it out of curiosity. The Omni’s breakfast buffet turned out to be the best breakfast buffet I think I’ve seen, mostly because of all of the health-conscious options, homemade goodies, and local choices. I had to try it!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Look at this cool honeycomb contraption.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

The honey drips down and into this little jar. I took a small spoonful to put on top of some oatmeal. I love honey in oatmeal.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Do you see what I see? Almond milk, Chobani, and another great yogurt option. I don’t see these options often…maybe it’s where I live and travel, but still. I was impressed.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{Healthy dried fruit cereal toppings}

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{Homemade granola – nice!}

I added some of the homemade granola to my plate to taste. It was delicious!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I wanted a little bit of everything on this line of hot food, but I was short on stomach space. I did try the grits, which came from the Carolinas!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Steel cut oatmeal is always a nice touch in my opinion. They had some great toppings just next to the big pot of oats, including some whole pecans.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

If I remember correctly, many of these breads are baked on site.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I think they made some of the jams, too.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{Pastries and specialty butters}

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

One of the best features of the Sunrise Café is that it’s on the beach side of the Omni Amelia Island, so you get a great view of the ocean…and if you wake up early enough – the sunrise.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Sarah got the French toast, which looked absolutely delicious and came with some sort of peach topping.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I didn’t take pictures of it, but there was also a cool omelet bar where you could get some great mixins, including local shrimp. I went for spinach, ham, cheddar cheese, and onions.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I only wished I had room to eat more. Everything looked so delicious.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{The view from our hotel room}

After a quick change, we headed to the beach.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I loved the canopy-covered beach chairs.

The beach was lovely – the sand, the breeze, the water! It was tough to leave, but soon enough, it was time to head home.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

And I used one of the beach photos to create a quote graphic with a line from one of my favorite songs.

With our 2014 Zumba Convention road trip done, I was feeling very thankful for the whole experience. Everything happened so fast, it was almost like a dream. I did my best to enjoy every moment, and there were many to love.

Until next year!

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Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

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After leaving Zumba Convention 2014, we headed north towards the last stop of our 2014 Zumba Convention road trip – Fernandina Beach, FL, which is on Amelia Island. We decided to stay at one of the hotels I’d researched previously – the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

We’d planned to spend some QT on the beach, but almost as soon as we went out on the sand, a huge storm rolled in and we got rained out. So, we headed back to the room to plan dinner. We had no reservations at the time, so we had plenty of options to choose from. I remembered enjoying all the restaurants hubby and I had visited the year before in the downtown area of Amelia Island. But, with the storm going on, we decided to stay on the Omni grounds. They Omni had a sprawling area of restaurants, shops, and activities. I hadn’t realized how much the Omni had to offer until we got there. Bonus – everything was available via a free shuttle bus.

After researching the Omni restaurants, we decided to check out Verandah Restaurant since they were the one with the signature of using local ingredients. After experiencing dinner there, I can say we made the right choice.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

One of the things that drew me to their menu was their cocktail menu. They had some really unique combinations. I tried the Stormy Chai, which was really refreshing.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

Sarah and I spotted several things we wanted to try on Verandah’s regular menu, but we couldn’t pass on the Verandah Sunday Supper – multiple courses for only $24. It was a steal.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

We started with Verandah Restaurant’s house cornbread, yeast rolls, and signature corn coup. The bread came with butter with black salt on top, which was a luxurious and flavorful touch. I remembered seeing the corn soup on the menu and thinking it sounded interesting but not like something I would normally order. I would have been mistaken for not trying this one. It was delicious. I loved everything about it – the flavor, the texture, the creaminess, and how you could dunk pieces of the cornbread into the soup (a tip from our awesome waiter).

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

The simple salad (succotash greens, and red wine vinaigrette) was light but tasty. The succotash seemed like another signature item, so I was glad we got to try it. Succotash seems like one of those things that can often be overcooked, but this was version was nice and crisp-tender.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

The real statement came with the next course. The main dishes were stacked on cylindrical pieces of wood for a beautiful presentation. The sides were served just in front. Everything tasted as good as it looked. For the sides, we had: mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts. At the top, you see local fried shrimp and pimento cheese hush puppies (oh yes, they went there!). The mains were pepper crusted steak and mahi mahi.

Upon ordering, our waiter told us the steak would be served medium rare. I know it’s not very foodie, but I like my steak medium well thanks to growing up eating steak cooked well done. Medium to medium well is about as rare as I get these days, though I’m working on going more rare. Since our waiter didn’t ask us how we wanted the steak, I figured I should just roll with it. I’m glad I did. I’ve had steak accidentally cooked less than medium before, and I wasn’t a fan. But this steak was perfect just like the chef made it. It was tender and delicious. Yup, Verandah’s chef made me like medium rare steak.

Sarah and I thoroughly enjoyed working our way through all the other dishes. We were at a food party, and we were partying hard, enjoying each and every bite.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

We were stuffed after the previous course, but we had to make room for dessert – banana pudding. I was glad this dessert was on the light side since I was already trying to figure out the best way to roll myself out of the restaurant. The banana pudding was the cherry on top of this fantastic meal. Somehow, we had little trouble finding space for this tasty dessert.

Before I wrap this post, I have to add that we loved the ambiance and service of Verandah. Our waiter took great care of us and the feel of the restaurant was upscale but still relaxed and somewhat casual – a tough balance. We liked how the restaurant was surrounded by lots of greenery. Sitting by the window, you almost felt like you were dining in a garden.

From the excellent service to the delicious food, we really enjoyed our dinner experience at Verandah Restaurant. The Sunday Supper is a great deal I recommend taking advantage of if you’re in the area and they’re still offering it. But, I’d absolutely come back here on any other night, deal or no deal, just to enjoy the food and overall dining experience.

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Next time – my ideal breakfast buffet and a couple beach photos!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

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The last day of Zumba Convention 2014 came too fast. I wasn’t ready for the fun to be over! Luckily, I had one more session on the schedule – Latintronika.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

I brought some of my new The Chic Life apparel to wear around convention to test out the products, and I’m loving them so far! I love high quality clothes so I picked brands that I know and trust, like American Apparel and Bella, for shop products. I just haven’t tried all of the specific products…yet. I tested out the American Apparel zipper hoodie in “charcoal”, which I had printed with the Own Your Strength design. It’s super plush and very comfy. My new sweatshirt definitely kept me warm during the non-dancing portions of the sessions.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

I also ordered a Bella wideneck 3/4 sleeve t-shirt in white with the CHIC print. I think I’m going to be wearing this one a lot. I especially like how it can be worn either level with a basic wideneck look or to the side for the off-the-shoulder look.

I got a couple t-shirts to cut, but I never had the time to cut them! Guess I’ll have to remember to cut them before convention next year.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

My last breakfast at the Hilton Orlando. I’m going to miss having breakfast and hot coffee just a short walk away. Shout out to the Hilton staff for keeping everything well-stocked and clean! They did a great job!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

I was really looking forward to my last session of convention – Latintronika! This session was new to the Orlando offering this year.

Melissa (Meli) was one of the best presenters I’ve seen at a Zumba Convention. She was engaging, personable, informative, helpful, entertaining, strong, and soooo organized! Her session was well-structured and her session handout was perfection. I also appreciated the way she documented her choreo notes – they were easy to follow and very clear. She even told us where we could purchase the songs (which can be surprisingly hard to find sometimes – there are songs from past conventions I still haven’t found!).

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

Meli even made icons for the five new genres we learned about:

  • Digital Cumbia
  • Latin House or Dance House
  • Nortec
  • Tango Electronico
  • Tribal (my FAVE!)

I’m always on the lookout for great new music, and many of the songs I’ve been drawn to recently fall into the Latintronika group. These songs are the hottest new tunes out there. Check them out! I especially like almost everything by 3BallMTY (check out “Quiero Bailar” and “Tu Carita”). I also really like “Cumbia Tribalera” by El Pelon del Microphone.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

This session was not only great for learning about new genres and choreo, but we also learned a lot about how to make the choreo, moves, and overall workout effective. Meli was great about pointing out how to do the moves to work out different muscle groups and which moves worked which specific muscles. This is something I think about a lot as an instructor, so I really appreciated Meli’s attention to detail.

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

Great job, Meli!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

{Photo courtesy of Dee}

One of the highlights of my convention experience was meeting blog reader DeVonia! She introduced herself in the Latintronika session and we got to chat a little after the session ended. Her friend Thomas was a doll and took quite a few photos till we captured the above jump photo. Great meeting you, Dee! Thank you, Thomas! Hope to see you next year!

Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

After quickly packing up back at the hotel room and finishing our leftover snacks for lunch, we hit the road for one last beach pit stop. More on that next time!

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Roy’s Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

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At last year’s Zumba Convention, my friend Sarah and I visited one of my favorite restaurants, Roy’s, where they feature Hawaiian fusion cuisine. The experience was so good, we said we wanted to come back and do it all again next year. And we did!

Roy's Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

This year, we had some special guests!

Roy's Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

We weren’t kidding about getting all of the same things this year. We started with Roy’s signature pineapple martinis.

Roy's Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

And I still love their take on edamame. The simple addition of a spice blend, shichimi togarashi, really amps up the flavor.

Roy's Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

{Lobster dumplings to share}

Roy's Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

I got the “Teppanyaki Shrimp” with togarashi noodles, sambal, tomato, garlic, thai Basil, and asparagus. It was just as good as last year!

Roy's Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

Though Roy’s still had the pineapple upside down cake we ordered last year, we opted to try the molten cake, which was so delicious! We loved it!

Roy's Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

Not only did we get to do dinner with our dance friends from back home, Angie and Jennie, one of my best friends, Serena (who was a co-maid of honor in my wedding!) met us for dinner, too! I hadn’t seen Serena in too long so it was great to catch up with her in person!

Although the Zumba Convention schedule is crazy-busy and oftentimes a little hectic, I was really thankful that we were able to break away for a dinner out with great food and fabulous company. Serena – I need to come to Florida again soon! Just a little further south next time! ;)

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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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Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

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Zumba Convention 2014 was off to a great start with one day down and three to go!

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

On the agenda for Friday:

  • Coffee
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 9:30 – 11:30am Bollywood Obsession with Sucheta Pal
  • Lunch
  • Shopping
  • 1:30 – 3:00pm Rockettes Tested Prevention with Passion with Elaine Winslow and Bailey
  • 4:30 – 6:30pm A Tribute to the Queen of Pop with Steve Boedt
  • Dinner at the pool
  • Fitness Concert with Wisin!

Don’t let the long breaks in between the sessions fool you. I’m always surprised at how little time I feel that I have at convention. It seems like I’m always running around from one place to the next. This may be because I usually stay at the Hilton and most of my classes always seem to end up being at the Hyatt. The “white mile” isn’t really a full mile, though it’s closer to it than you may think. It can take awhile to make it from one side of convention to the other, not to mention factoring in time to eat, change, shower…whatever you’re trying to take care of in between sessions. Phew! But, this is still my favorite event of the year. Though it’s quite busy, it’s all for a great purpose since you get to dance, laugh, learn, smile, and dance some more!

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

I love to fuel up at the Hilton’s breakfast bar. They switch out a couple different things on the bar every day, but I’m thankful for healthy staples like steel cut oats and fresh fruit. On Friday of Zumba Convention, they also had a yummy spinach frittata.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

Lucky for me, my first session was at the Hilton, so I didn’t have far to go. The lines were crazy long, though!

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

My first session of the day was Bollywood Obsession.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

This is another one of my all-time faves. This was actually my fourth year in a row attending a Bollywood session, though this year was with a new presenter, Sucheta Pal. Sucheta was a bundle of energy and led a great session. In the past, the Bollywood session also included a bhangra breakdown, but this one was all Bollywood.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

Sucheta did a master class, mini history session, and choreo breakdown. The songs were super fun, though I’ll have to adapt them a little for class back home. My favorite was London Thumakda, which she taught with cute and memorable names for the moves. Sucheta also creatively turned the choreo breakdown into an ice breaker game where you paired up with another person in the room. The moves were great (fun and playful), we just try to limit the number of move groups to an average of 3-4 per song and do things symmetrical. I kind of liked seeing all the different moves for me as a participant. Instructor-me also liked all the moves so I have more ideas for future songs in case I ever try to choreograph another Bollywood song.

I once watched an Indian wedding dance video to choreograph Desi Girl so the moves stayed true to the Bollywood style, and it took forever! I loved that project, though, and would enjoy trying my hand at a couple more.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

I had half a turkey wrap and some chips back at the hotel before hitting up the Zumbawear store on my way to my next session. Would you believe I had to wait to get in and to pay? I got what I went in there for (gold shoes!), but it made me late for my next session. This year, the discount store was combined with the regular store. I wish they would separate them because I think combining them made the lines extra long. I love seeing all the new gear every convention. This year, since I’ve purchased a lot of The Chic Life apparel, I decided to dial back on the Zumbawear shopping.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

I was really looking forward to my middle session: Rockettes Tested Prevention with Passion. As someone who has experienced injuries in the past, I can tell you one thing: being on the bench sucks. Injuries are no fun.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

Elaine Winslow, Health Athletic Trainer and Director of Wellness for the Rockettes, and current-Rockette Bailey led us in a session talking about common injuries and how to prevent them with strengthening exercises. We also covered some easy warm up moves (like Elaine’s 5 minute, do-anywhere warm-up) you can do before teaching your Zumba classes.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

I was really impressed with how detailed-oriented this session was. Elaine had some volunteers come up to the front of the room to show some strengthening moves and walked them through how to successfully complete the moves. It was all about the detail. From far away, it may look like the volunteer was barely moving, but Elaine talked them through small yet challenging things like keeping their abs engaged while slowly lifting their free leg. The precision of movement reminded me of my old ice skating days and made me want to train. Elaine – want to come to North Carolina?

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

Maybe I just liked this session because I had a spotlight moment? Towards the end, Elaine went over proprioception (which we actually discussed during POUND training!) and then we did Exercise 12: Balance Exercise. Elaine asked the whole room to stand up and participate in this one. The exercise was simple: choose your strongest ankle, stand on the respective foot, lift the other foot and close your eyes. Balance on one foot for as long as possible. If your lifted foot touches the ground, quietly sit down.

I stood on my left foot, lifted my right foot, and closed my eyes. I had been standing at the back of the room so I could easily move around and stand up to see the demos, etc. so I had plenty of room in the back. I was a little wobbly here and there but stayed strong for a long time. Elaine encouraged the room, saying, “Stay with me…just a little longer…stay with me…” Finally, she said, “Okay, look up.” I was surprised to see almost everyone in the room sitting down. Elaine counted those of us still standing and I was one of five. Woohoo! Thank you strong ankle and years of balancing on one foot and thin blades from figure skating!

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

{Me and Bailey}

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

{Me and Elaine}

Thank you Elaine and Bailey for the very informative session! Looks like you guys may offer Rockettes fitness classes to the public? Maybe I’ll come work out with you guys if I’m in the area! Till then, I have some great warm-ups and exercises to practice!

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

With only one and a half hours in between my second and third sessions of the day, I decided to stay at the Hyatt.

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

I had another tribute session to do – A Tribute to the Queen of Pop with Steve Boedt. This session was very similar to the King of Pop session, except this one had even less presentation. It was like a giant Madonna dance party. Oh yea! Similar to yesterday, Steve had some unique mixes and even pulled some songs from concert performances. My favorite song was a remix of Like a Prayer. I had a great time getting lost in the music and dance moves. Can I do this every week?

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

After dinner at the pool, we headed to the Fitness Concert. I was feeling the burn from day one, but I really wanted to attend the Fitness Concert because one of my favorite Reggaeton artists was performing – Wisin! As it turns out, I was the major fan-girl of my group of friends. Of the (seven-ish?) songs Wisin performed, I’d choreographed three with one on my to-do list. What can I say? I love his music!

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

I had planned to leave before the rest of the crowd to avoid the traffic, but we got caught up with the music and fun of the concert. Next thing I know, I’m leaving the Convention Center with thousands of fellow Zumba instructors. The crowd was amped up and so happy. This is one of the things I really love about Zumba. Look at all those smiles! Few workouts leave people feeling this energized!

Zumba Convention {Day 2} Bollywood Obsession, Rockettes, Queen of Pop, and Fitness Concert

I noticed Gina Grant liked my Fitness Concert photo before calling it quits for the day. Woohoo!

With day two down, I still had two more days of Zumba-liciousness ahead!

Next up – Zumba Convention {Day 3}.

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