Tiffany Godfrey

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Since Jan 2010

Zumba ® fitness convention 2012 was like nothing else I have ever experienced before.  Never have I been in the presence of 8,500 smiling, happy, energetic, inspired people who all share a common love for something that I am so passionate about.  It is an indescribable feeling and one that I will never forget.

The weekend kicked off with a very emotional speech by our ZIN community manager David Toppel.  David spoke about the many ways that Zumba® fitness instructors all over the world were truly making a difference in peoples lives, not just individually, but on a national and worldwide level.  I was so very touched by all of the stories he shared.

That evening we experienced a Party in Pink Fitness Concert that was truly awe-inspiring!  In the midst of a sea of pink, I danced along with my fellow ZIN's to our favorite Zumba songs with special guests Mara, Paulina Rubio and Vanilla Ice!   I had an amazing time, but couldn't help but take a moment to think about those that I was dancing for.  I am blessed that my mother-in-law, Sue, is a 14 year breast cancer survivor and my dear friend, Lynn, has been cancer free for 2 years.  I also thought about my best friend, Gina, who lost her mom Linda to breast cancer when she was barely a teenager.  I am sure that each person in that crowded room of 8,500 has been touched by cancer in some way, and will continue to add to the 3.5 million dollars that have already been raised by the Zumba® fitness family.  That gives me HOPE!

Over the next four days, I enjoyed getting to meet new friends from all over the world and party with my local Zumba family.  I was also excited to get pictures with Zumba celebrities such as Kass Martin, Gina Grant, Jessica Witt, Walter Diaz, Jani Roberts, Fabio Barros, Maria Teresa Stone, Mara, Soldat Jahmon, and our very own "El Jefe" , Beto Perez himself!!!  Yep, I was a happy girl!

Not only did I have a blast, I also really learned alot from all of the ZES that taught trainings and workshops.  Shout out to Jani Roberts and Maria Teresa Stone who really amped up my Zumba career with the Zumba Toning training and warm up / cool down session.

My favorite part however was the Zumbatomic® training with Gina Grant and Jessica Witt.  For an hour, the 400 instructors in the room got to be 7 years old again!  We danced like penguins, played freeze dance and center star and it was quite possibly the most fun that I have ever had!  I was so excited to start up my Zumbatomic® classes, that I actually texted the owner of one of my gyms from right there in the room!  I was pumped!

 

One thing that was surprising to me is that at some point in the weekend I found every single local instructor that I knew.  In that crowd of people, I think that is just crazy!  Shout-Out to all my local peeps.....Lynette, Flora, Adriana, Dawn, Tami, Kathleen, Jenna, Sheila, Ashley, Erin, Katrina, Debbie, Kim J., Larra, Greg, Wanda, Kim H, Jennifer, Kimmie, Tracey, Michelle G., Iza, Michelle D., Kim, Mida, Sue, Luisa, Claudia, Yuni, Tamara, and Marlene.  I hope you all had as wonderful of a time as I did!  Pinellas/Pasco/Hillsborough are gonna rock it out!!!

 

A huge thank you as well to the fabulous instructors who covered our classes back home.  Thank you Veronica, Maricel, Brooke, and Laura!!!  As, well as my wonderful hubbie and in-laws for making sure the kids were taken care of so mommy wouldn't worry.  Love you!

The final night of convention was great fun!  Our theme party was "Dancing through the Decades" which fit perfectly with the theme of the convention "Bringin' it Back".  We all donned a costume that went with our musical inspiration.  Can you guess who I was?  Anyone that knows me, would know that I wouldn't dream of being anyone else, but the King of Rock N' Roll, Elvis Presley!  Man, that was fun!  I stayed in character all night and by the end of the evening, my knees were killing me from all of the posing, but it was worth it!  I was even lucky enough to have a few of my wonderful students drive up for the night to be my guests for the party!  I hope they had a night that they wont forget! 

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