This years Zumba Instructor Convention was extra special to me. I love what I do...I love being with my family...once in a while I get to work and have family right by my side.
This year's convention held both of these. I teach two sessions-Dancin Thru The Decades and Crazy Country. I do a class, break down choreography, teach steps, put it all together in another class. Hoping to help instructors think outside of the box for variety they can offer their students, inspire, connect, sweat, dance, and most of all have fun!
My sister Emily has been my biggest fan. She pushed me to dream big. She is an amazing dancer and instructor and she assists me on both my sessions. I joke with her that although she is my big sister and she has been able to boss me around all these years holding seniority...I can change that choreography on her so fast on that stage if she thinks she's gonna boss me around there she's got another thing coming. lol. totally joking!!! She comes so prepared and is always my point of information when my brains decides to poop out on me.
This year my cousin Heather also assisted me. What a treat this was. Heather is my mom's sister's daughter. She is awesome. She grew up in Florida and would come to family reunions in Park City Utah. We got to know each other some as kids at these reunions but once she graduated high school she came to live in Utah and this is where our friendship really began. She is a riot. She's got a body of steel and knows so much about health and nutrition.
Her sister Shelly also came to the convention. She is a Zumba instructor in Arizona and with Heather, Emily and even my mom all going to be there we insister Shelly come too! It wasn't easy for her to leave her six kids to come but what a difference it made!
There is something about the ease of family. It was so fun to share the stage, share the excitement, share the fun, the exhaustion, the aches, the laughter with these awesome ladies. I don't know if I have ever laughed so hard. I was so proud introducing them to all my coworkers and marveled at their beauty inside and out as they connected with everyone. I don't think it's too common to have sisters, mom, cousins all passionate about the same thing and to be able to sneak away and share this time together.
I also had amazing friends come:
There were some of my girls from last year missing and it's never the same without the whole ten person entourage but we sure had a great time.
I think as I get more accustom to my job, the highs and lows of it all, I worry less, enjoy more, relax more, live in the moment more. I like this more. :D
I know that LA conference coming up in the end of January will hold many of the fun adventures this year's convention did. I sure love my job and the people I have met who have changed my life for the better because of it. What a life this is. :D
The pic above is from last years Dancin Thru the Decades. It's a blast! I get to choreograph routines to all my favorite songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. It's a trip down memory lane and one to remember. :D