Zumba Convention 2014 {Day 4} Latintronika and Apparel Photos

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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Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Roy’s Orlando {Zumba Convention Road Trip 2014}

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! ;)

Back to the Zumba Convention posts after this – one more ZinCon to go and one more road trip post left!

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