“It’s been very difficult to be a single parent, but I’m so proud of how both of my kids turned out. Right now, I’m a caretaker to three people. My daughter, Sandy, is 25 and has down syndrome and congenital heart disease. My mother has dementia and my father is wheel-chair bound. Every day is a challenge for me to make sure everyone’s needs are being met. At times I think I may lose it.
When I took my first Zumba class, I fell in love with it. I felt like all my challenges were gone for that one hour. It felt like medicine to me. Having this amazing feeling, I decided to become an Instructor and pass along my happiness. I now teach 6 classes and am loving that I get to touch people’s lives every day.
I’m also filled with pride to say that the Zumba program has changed Sandy’s life. As of December 2015, she is a licensed Zumba Instructor. It’s so wonderful to have her dance by my side and watch as all the students applaud her. Having this one hour a day in our lives has helped us both tremendously. Sandy is working on a class to teach special needs students, and I can’t wait to proudly stand by her side as she does so.”
–Linda Morton, licensed Zumba® Instructor since 2013; feels like she can conquer life’s challenges through the freedom of dance
“Zumba has changed my life in so many ways. It has helped me with my confidence and self-esteem and has also taught me that no matter how different you may be, nothing is impossible. I’ve learned that I can change people’s lives to make them happier and healthier and to have more fun.
I studied dance from age 12 to 24. I was always pushed towards the back whenever we had dance recitals and I never felt that I was good enough. My mom would always tell me, ‘We can all see you, don’t worry. You are an amazing dancer and your love and passion shine through no matter how far back you are.’ Her encouragement and support meant everything to me.
Everything changed when I became a licensed Zumba Instructor. I’m now in front leading my class and creating my own choreography and all eyes are on me. My confidence and self-esteem have boosted up in ways that words can not explain. I’ve made so many friends and have caring people looking up to me. My mom and I teach classes together and the joy that we have in that hour is beyond words. She has encouraged me to reach for the stars no matter what. We are a team and I want to thank her for what she’s given me. Because of my mom and because of the Zumba program, I am who I am today. I am no longer pushed to the back!”
– Sandy Morton, licensed Zumba® Instructor, loves having all eyes on her
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