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My Very First Trip to Atlantic City + Tanya Beardsley’s Dancing In The Light

My very first trip to Atlantic City.

When I went to get my pro skills certification a couple of moths ago, I heard about an event that was being held in Atlantic City at the end of September. I was intrigued because if it got the approval of Jani Roberts then it had to be solid.


I looked up the pricing for the event: reasonable. Hotel stay? Even more reasonable. Just like that I planned a short one night getaway for me and my husband! Since the event was only 90 minutes, we’d be together practically the whole time.

Since we are not gamblers and the lure of winning money does nothing for us, we had no plans of going to the casinos.

When we got there however, the bus line gave us $60 in credits to use at a nearby casino. We decided to sit down at the 25c slots and play that $60 until it finished and called it a day. We ended up winning about $100 and the bus tickets were $40 each so we really rode for free plus made an additional $20. Not too shabby!


We entered the Borgata around 3pm and the lines to check in were so so long. I’ve never waited so long to get checked in!


The hotel grounds were flawless, beyond the casinos being the first thing you see there were also many many restaurants including fine dining right down to fast food. The choices are really endless.



After we checked in and got settled we jumped downstairs to fatburger, which was okay. We toured the grounds some more and then I had to get ready for Tanya!

A little backstory on Tanya Beardsley,  she used to be one of the main girls of Zumba, she used to travel the world with her partner Gina Grant until she decided to step down from Zumba. This was not a Zumba event–it was dancing in the light.


The event was a lot of fun. Tanya does an amazing job of getting folks out of their heads and loosening up. Since I was by myself at the event, I was a little wary about dancing freely. She loosened us all up pretty quickly and before you knew it all of us were just freestyling and just having a great time.

Since there were no pictures allowed I didn’t have any from the actual event. The ballroom was beautiful, it was a wide open space with plenty of room to shake your tailfeather.


When that was over, I met my husband back in the room, got ready and headed off for dinner. We ate a meh dinner at the metropolitan and then I had gelato for the first time ever. It was pretty epic.

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The next morning we slept in (8am!) And went to the indoor pool which was simply beautiful. After that we went to the breakfast buffet as it was pretty inexpensive ($15pp) I got full pretty quickly, the food was so great!




Somehow in an attempt to go home we ended up at the Tanger Outlets and we shopped and shopped. I picked up somethings for me, the kids and he picked up some clothes too.

Finally after a ton of traffiic, we made it home. I can’t wait to go back!!

Have you ever been to the casinos? Do you gamble your own money? When was your last getaway?

Thomas Yi

Friday 3rd of December 2021

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Sunday 27th of October 2013

I love my money waaaay too much to gamble it away so I'm with you, girl on not being big on the casinos. Glad you won a little though. That's always a plus, and glad you got to take in such a cool event. And that gelato? Woah!


Friday 25th of October 2013

I love Atlantic City. It's where we go on those quick and spontaneous getaways and we don't even gamble. Next time you go to Borgata, I suggest the Japanese hibachi restaurant, Izakya. It's a bit expensive but the food is so good and the service is amazing.

And for those who aren't big gamblers, I highly suggest Harrah's. The Pool at Harrah's is simply amazing. My husband and I just sit there all day and relax.


Friday 25th of October 2013

I really think I want to try Harrahs next time, that sounds divine!!


Friday 25th of October 2013

I've never been to AC but my sister-in-law goes a couple of times a year. The hotel looks very nice. The only times I've been to casinos have been on cruises. Hubby and I haven't had a getaway in 2 years:(


Friday 25th of October 2013

You guys gotta get away! Even for one evening! It is so worth it, even if you stay local.


Thursday 24th of October 2013

I've never been to Atlantic city and I can't even remember when our last child free getaway was. We need to do better! That hotel looks amazing and so does that gelato!


Friday 25th of October 2013

Even for one night Miranda, it does wonders for the spirit! :)