A huge shout out to my one of my fav customers/friend and Jazzercise groupies Miss.Rachel for the little gift she brought me to class the other day. So sweet! She's knows me so well. Gym now. Wine later! Lol. Thank you Rachel.
Speaking of new shirts! I just have to mention how excited I am about my latest lulu purchases. The Water Singlet in aquamarine that I rocked in class today in a size 2!!! I can't even believe it. Once upon a time I wore size 12 lulu. Thank you Jazzercise!!! And thank you lulu for this style that let's me wear a 2 - down 10 clothing sizes. Amazing! You can do it too. Come and try a class today!!
By Blogger & Jazzercise Owner/Certified Instructor:
Well I have to admit, last year when the announcement was
made in Palm Springs that the next event would be held in Washington, DC none
of us Canadian girls knew what to expect.Let me tell you Jazzercise Washington DC Live did not disappoint!
Day 1 - After a long day of travel and a pretty wild ride on
the Super Shuttle from BWI, we arrived at the Washington Hilton.This hotel is located right in the heart of
the city and situated close to many trendy neighborhoods.This venue had a contemporary urban feel to
it and has been the host of many fabulous events such as the annual dinners of
The White House Correspondents Association, Radio Television Correspondents
Association and the National Prayer Breakfast.It has also been host to many musical acts such as The Doors and Jimi
Hendrix!This hotel was also the
location of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981.We set out to explore shortly after checking in
and once we laid eyes on the ballroom we were in love and could not wait to
dance there the next morning.
Day 2 – Some of us were a little slow moving after having
found a few glasses of wine the evening before but we gained some spring in our
step after grabbing a cup of joe from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf then
headed down to the Jazzercise Shopping Expo.Jazzercise Apparel and other vendors had all of the hottest styles and
collections there for purchase.Of
course all of us Canadian girls got all excited about the sweaters.It gets cold up here in the Great White North!The shopping didn’t end there.Next stop was Lululemon – as the saying goes
“Old Habit’s Die Hard”.
Pictured above from
left to right:The best group of
instructors to travel with a girl could ask for!
Alisa Bisschop (Airdrie/Didsbury),
Kim Thompson (Delia), Casey Yousph (Airdrie/Crossfield/Westcott). Tina
Mencarelli (Didsbury/Carstairs) & Kendra Visser (Olds)
Next up was the DC Dance Party with Shanna Missett Nelson
(Jazzercise President) at 5:30pm then a Conversation with Judi Sheppard Missett
(Jazzercise CEO) at 6:30pm. The energy
in the ballroom was unbelievable as some 1500 fitness enthusiasts rocked the
dance floor.We were way towards the
back and had little room to move, could barely hear or see what was going on
but still had fun every single minute of it.Tonight we were hitting the hay early in hopes of getting up early to
get a spot near the front for the Live DVD taping in the morning.
Pictured above: Dance
Party Instructors Ashley McConnell, Shanna Missett Nelson and Young McCarthy
Day 3 – Schedule of events;
9am - Live Taping with Judi Sheppard Missett, Shanna Missett
Nelson & Taping Team
2pm – Metro Mix with Tim Roberts
3pm – On Pointe with Ashley McConnell
4pm – Dance HiiT Remix
Our alarms were going off at 6:45am to hit the
line up by 7am hoping to get closer to the front and maybe even get spotted by
one of the camera men to make it onto the training DVD!The hallways were packed wall to wall and at
9am when the opened the doors everyone sprinted on to the dance floor.We landed the perfect spot and stayed there
for the rest of the day.Some highlights
are some of the hot new routines Fancy by Iggy – performed by Shanna (check out
this video clip for a sneak peek). Summer
by Calvin Harris
Marry Me by Magic just to name a few. The camera totally came our way, so we will
be awaiting the new DVD to see if we made the final footage!The Tim Roberts class was AMAZING we mixed it
up to his signature style and sexy combination of dance genres.He gave us a sequence of choreography to
Booty by JLo.It was so much fun - you
have to listen to this song.If you do…
be forewarned that it will get stuck in your head.Check it out at http://youtu.be/NkenztcYloo.
McConnell’s class was also very challenging unless you were a classically trained
ballerina!The Dance HiiT Remix was full
of high intensity dance based routines and Nancy damn near killed us with her
forward planking sequence but we made it!Judi asked everyone to get their cell phones during one song and
wouldn’t you know it… next was #Selfie by The Chainsmokers http://youtu.be/kdemFfbS5H0
had us all take selfies while doing the routine.Again too much fun!You just never know what they will come up
with next.We finished up the day doing
an interview with a reporter from The Washington Post www.washingtonpost.com. We will be watching the July 10th edition to see
if she made mention of our group.It was
the most amazing day ever!
Pictured above: Alisa
Bisschop, Kendra Visser, Casey Yousph, Kim Thompson, Tina Mencarelli
Day 4 – This day was dedicated to mostly sight-seeing with a
little bit of shopping.We put on a ton
of miles walking for about 7 hours (as if our legs weren’t sore enough from the
day before) but there was just so much to see and do.We saw The White House, The Lincoln Memorial,
The National Monument, Korean War Memorial, Reflective Pool and Macy’s (oh yeah
that’s not a tourist attraction) just to name a few.We tried to see The Declaration of
Independence but the line was pretty lengthy.
Photo above is of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Statue.Inside the building the Gettysburg Address is
scripted on the wall as is the Angel of Truth mural.Order of photo from left to right Alisa,
Kendra, Casey, Tina and Kim.
Pictured above: Kim,
Casey, Tina, Kendra and Alisa in front of The White House
This trip was full of
memories being made with a group of exceptional women.Thank you to Jazzercise Inc for putting on
such a memorable event.We also were
very fortunate in meeting some of the key people within the organization.We were photographed with Judi Sheppard
Missett (Jazzercise CEO) – see below, Shanna Missett Nelson (Jazzercise
President), Young McCarthy (Manager of Instructor Development and Taping Team
Member), Rich Mundy (District Manager, Owner of multiple Premier Centers and
Taping Team Member) and Emily Tyson (Junior Jazzercise Coordinator).We were so fortunate to get to meet and chat
with them all face to face!
Photo above: Tina,
Alisa, Judi Sheppard Missett (Jazzercise CEO), Casey, Kendra and Kim
All in all a jazz dream come true!Hope to see everyone again next year in
Dallas, Texas.We can’t even imagine the
stops they will pull out next year as you know what they say – Everything is
Bigger in Texas.
Thanks for the
memories DC!Much love from the Canadian
A huge congratulations goes out to Jazzercise Crossfield instructor Kristen on her wedding June 21st. She looked absolutely stunning in her gown and of course rocked a little Danza Kudro out on the dance floor following the dinner and speeches. We wish her a lifetime of love and happiness!
Jazzercise Instructor, Kristen Fischer's last class before her big day was on Wed June 18th so we decided to throw a surprise dance party! Part way into her opener 5 local instructors and her closest friends/family/wedding party came running in to class. What a surprise. Kristen rocked the entire class wearing a veil and bride tank and with over 40 ladies in the house we finished off the set to Single Ladies by Beyoncé wearing ring pops! After class we surprised her with an early wedding gift some Asics runners and some jazz swag she had her eye on :)This one will go down in the memory books. So much fun!!!