March 2, 2009 § 1 Comment
Once a year comes a weekend where all aerobic and dance junkies gather, sweat together and workout like maniacs. 🙂 This weekend experience is also known as Nike aerobic convention, since Nike brand is the official organiser of this event. This year is the 13th time in a row Nike is preparing it and Number 13 looks more promising than ever. We’ll see Tony Stone again and we know that, again, the venue will be too small for his classes (i’m sure we all remember that cool interview he gave a while ago? ;)); Than we have Daniel Baldi on the instructor’s list – I’ve heard a lot about him, apperently his choreographies are totally out-of-the-box, so I’m reeeaally looking forward to attend that; Jessica Exposito, a spanish aerobic star; Balasz Fuzessy, for all I know (and it already suffice), he produces good aerobic music mixes 😉 … and many more. So much to be looking forward to …
If you have never attended such a convention, imagine international salsa festival, with top world instructors and workout intensity times 500… so salsa x 500 = aerobic convention 😉 The difference is maybe in the program… we do 5 – 6 aerobic classes in a row on Saturday, and then repeat the day on Sunday… some even have the energy to get drunk in between. The result of those two days are completely blistered feet, a dozen rounds of wahshing dirty laundry, severe dehidration, stupid grin on our faces and wierd walking and sleeping poses for the next couple of days. In the end, naturally, we always say: “But it was worth it!” 🙂
March 11, 2008 § 1 Comment
Well, what can I say? Once again Nike has fulfilled all my desires. 🙂 Ok, I’m not gonna overreact. But I don’t think any other event can top the excitement and classes that appear there. I’m totally amazed by myself, that I manage to do almost all classes and than still give class the next day. I think there’s a name for our kind of people… something ending on ***cholic?
If you imagine a typical salsa event, multiply the intensity of classes by 250 and take away the parties (because most people really don’t have the energy to drink and dance than all night.. with exceptions of course). But there are still top world teachers, great energy, fun, excitement, meeting people, … I must say it was really great seeing old friends again (love ya Charlie and Nikkie :)) and it was even more spectacular to attend Tony Stone’s classes. That’s simply just phenomenal! I don’t know which words could describe him better. But I’m not taking anything away from aerobic classes. No, Steve Boedt and Rebecca Small – all my respect to them!! I could not believe the amount of energy Steve left during his classes (and all the things he did along with teaching.. just crazy). And Rebecca,… she’s a pro. That can be seen up from the sky or 2.000 miles away. But even she did not expect Slovenian people are so crazy. At the very last class of the two-day convention, we wanted more!! She was about to finish the class, but we wouldn’t let her. The girl just laid on the floor and said “give me 2 minutes!” We did the routine once more and I must say that was one of my favorite classes this weekend.
But not the only one – my top classes:
– Nikkie Riozzi’s hiphop with her great methodology, creative moves and fun fun fun 🙂
– Tony Stone (hm, which one?) – well I did the Sunday’s first class best so I’ll pick that one (others were more difficult)
– Steve Boedt hi-lo: WOW man, cool choreography but what an energy?!!
– Rebecca Small Aero groove .. like I said – we did not want to stop, despite all the blisters on our feet!
That’s the short version of a long weekend. Of course there was a whole bunch of other instructors as well. I have to complement Geršak as well, others I unfortunately didn’t see.
There a few negative critiques though – the first day started with a 45 minute delay – that’s really not acceptable and I don’t think the mics were set properly (this could be my prefessional deformation speaking, but it has to be mentioned). About those intro shows or warmups.. hmm.. I decided to forget about them asap. 😉
Here are some photos, gathered by me, Charlie and Nikkie.
March 4, 2008 § 1 Comment
Aerobic convention is similar to a salsa festival, with miner differences. The classes are definitely more intense and we usually get so tired, we can’t imagine dancing and partying than all night. However, we still manage to visit the evening gala event and than wake up in the morning and take another round of classes. It’s exhausting alright, but it’s worth it! The people you meet there are awesome, the classes they give are spectacular and the best thing is, that this conventions lean more and more towards dancing, which means there are not just aerobic classes but a bunch of dance classes as well (mostly hip hop, plus some latin). So my weekend is fully booked! I’ll be sweating like in the middle of summer, on the Greek beach at 1pm with no breeze at all. 🙂
12th Nike convention will take place this Saturday and Sunday, in another location than we’re used to: Konex center in Ljubljana, and the evening party in Hotel Ljubljana – Austria trend. The convention will present 20 instructors, which is really impressive. We know our Slovene instructors and we have Tony Stone and Nikkie Riozzi coming back (yeeeey) – they are just crazy guys, plus there are some new faces, which I shall report on Monday 🙂
So have a great weekend everybody, and if you don’t know what to do – come sweating with us! 😉