Nike convention 2011

March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I did manage to attend this years Nike aerobic convention. It was 15th in a row and it is only fair to say it has outgrown itself in this 15 years. The venue was packed, the instructors wisely chosen as always, everything was perfect. The only negative side was probably the morning delay (only guessing), cause 900 people showed up at the same time and the door were probably to small to let them in all at once šŸ˜‰ But luckily I wasn’t there in the morning, so for me everything was flawless.
Being 3 months after birth I did experience, what I was most afraid off. My shape has crashed the ground. A year ago I was on my peak probably, but now I’m starting from scratch. Which obviously means I can only go up. So the motivation is here, all I need now is time šŸ˜‰
Thank you Nike for another great experience, for bringing Tony Stone,Ā Tom Wall,Ā Nikkie Riozzi and others to Slovenia again. Can’t wait for the next year. šŸ™‚

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Nike aerobic convention this weekend

March 2, 2009 § 1 Comment

Once a year comes a weekend where all aerobic and danceĀ junkiesĀ gather, sweat together and workout like maniacs. šŸ™‚ 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 andĀ Number 13Ā looks more promising than ever. We’ll see Tony StoneĀ 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? ;));Ā Than we have Daniel Baldi on the instructor’s list –Ā I’ve heard a lot about him, apperently his choreographies areĀ totally out-of-the-box, so I’m reeeaally looking forward to attend that; Jessica Exposito, a spanish aerobic star; Balasz Fuzessy,Ā for all I know (and it already suffice), heĀ produces good aerobic music mixes šŸ˜‰ … 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 conventionĀ šŸ˜‰ 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.Ā The result of those two days are completely blistered feet, aĀ 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!” šŸ™‚

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The one and only – Tony Stone!!!

May 19, 2008 § 4 Comments

OK, this is just one of those must-read interviews. I loved Tony Stone’s classes in Slovenia (he was here twice already), but learning how such a great performer and choreographer started off is even more inspiring. Please meet one of the most exciting, top world hiphop, street, jazz etc. choreographers (and music producers) Tony Stone. I recommend reading till the end, cause we saved the best for last šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

A little bird told me you only started teaching when you were 35? How did that happen
Actually my sisters were already taking classes as a hobby to keep in shape. They had such a wonderful time at it they talked me into coming in and trying it out knowing that I loved dancing and did it as a solo competitor from time to time. I was able to catch onto and pick up choreography very well, I was noticed and then asked to start performances professionally. That happened when I was 35.



Do you still have fun on each convention you give?
I do. Of course, with the heavy touring schedule I have there are times when Iā€™m very tired at a particular event or convention but that certainly doesnā€™t take away from my enjoyment. I have always promised myself that if I stopped having fun, it would to time to wrap it up and walk away. I donā€™t see that happening anytime in the near future. « Read the rest of this entry »

I loooooooved it!

March 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

Well, what canĀ I say? Once again Nike has fulfilled all my desires. šŸ™‚ 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,…Ā she’s aĀ 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 šŸ™‚
– 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:Ā WOW man, cool choreography but what an energy?!!
– Rebecca Small Aero groove .. likeĀ I said – we did notĀ 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 GerÅ”ak 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. šŸ˜‰

Here are some photos, gathered by me, Charlie and Nikkie.

NikeĀ :)

Nike convention this weekend

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, weĀ 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,Ā 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. šŸ™‚
12th Nike conventionĀ 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 andĀ 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 onĀ Monday šŸ™‚
So have a great weekend everybody, and if you don’t know what to do – come sweating with us! šŸ˜‰

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