So, where did we leave off? Oh yes, right before I went to the Kangoo Jumps promo seminar. That was a hoot. They sell a type of jumpy shoe that is sort of like wearing your own personal trampoline. After about 20 minutes all that jumping made me think I was about to give birth, so I reverted to light bouncing.
Because 3 workouts in a row weren't enough, I then had a class with Terry Eckmann, PhD, about teaching low impact dance steps to older adults. Somehow we managed to cover line and square dancing, country boogie and a few other styles. Super fun and useful for my students back home. Especially the part where we got to shake our booties! Terry even recited to us a humorous poem about how today's grandparents are out partying it up. Instead of sitting in a rocking chair, they are Rockin' the Chair!
For the final class of the day (notice I didn't say "final event") I dragged myself over to the Step Turns 20 workout. One of my all-time favorite step teachers (and a very kind person, I must add), Fred Hoffman, was listed as one of the teachers, but for some reason he didn't teach. So I watched for a few minutes and helped sing along with the great '80s songs they played for the 20th anniversary instead of working out, then headed over to Drums Alive for kids and families. Only Carrie Ekins could convince a roomful of people to crawl on the floor (don't ask) and whack their tips together (do ask). We even used some sort of Hawaiian shakey stick called (I am writing as phonetically as possible due to a complete lack of knowing how to spell these things) "Pooweenies." I kid you not.
I was starting to drool on myself at the idea of going with friends to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner, but chose instead to go make even more new friends at the international reception. I am from the very international city of Santa Barbara, so I fit right in. I sat with a very lively group of Portugese instructors and trainers who each spoke at least three languages. One of the group has come to at least 20 IDEA conventions. Amazing really, when you consider the effort people make to get here. And they were very enthusiastic about the convention. The next time I want to complain about the horrific traffic through LA to Anaheim, I'll just remind myself how easy a 3 hour drive really is.
Well, it's 9:00 and I'm about to turn into a pumpkin (albeit an organic one) so I'm back to the room, to a shower and my Harry Potter book. Night and day, it's all magic!