This past weekend, I attended the East Coast Alliance fitness convention held at the Marriott Marquis.

The number of step classes offered wasn't as high as in previous years, but I did manage to get a couple of classes in: "Dance Step," taught by Marc Kluike, and "Step Gone Wild," taught by Rob Glick.

Although Kluike was a charming presenter and a good instructor, nothing about his choreography was particularly amazing. (This didn't prevent the attendees from gushing over him as if he had reinvented step as we know it.) Despite this, he did have a couple of moves I'll be able to use in my classes.

Glick's class was more intricate. He took ages to introduce and develop a move, but once the final product was laid out, it was impressive. The only thing that drove me nuts was that the pace of the music was so slow. (Actually the pace was what it should be. My classes are too fast.) With some modifications, I'll be able to make several of Glick's moves my own.

I also bought three CDs from a German company called Move Ya! Hopefully they'll sound as good in class as they did when I previewed them.