After having twins and completely sacrificing my body, time, and energy I was ready to get my body back.  My identical twin girls were 1.5 years old and I joined the FAC.  I tried different classes like body pump, spin, and yoga.  I loved the results of my changing body, but never really enjoyed the act of working out during the classes.  The instructors were fabulous, but the work out was hard and honestly, not enjoyable.  I was proud of myself for completing them, but I had to talk myself into going to them all.
Then I saw THEM.  After a body pump class, I found myself staring through the glass at some crazy people moving their bodies in ways I have never seen before.  It was interesting, but I was not going to that.  What if someone saw?  What if I couldn’t get the moves?  No. No way I was going to embarrass myself.  Then enters Tabitha.
Tabitha said to go and try and stand in the back.  She assured me I would not get all the moves right, but I just needed to keep moving.  I did.  I was a total mess.  Salsa?  Merengue?  Listen, just let me freestyle.  I did it though.  A whole hour.  I was out of breath and out of shape, but I went back because it was fun.  Everyone was so nice!
I went back and got better.  My brain and body recognized the movements.  After about 2 months I was feeling confidence I have never felt before.  I was moving my body like I’ve never moved before. My body was changing.  My spirit was changing.  I was changing.  I love dance!  Wow.  I was addicted.
Javin, Kayla, and the crew (previously referred to as THEM) invited me out to gatherings.  I went.  I ate.  I laughed.  I had fun.  I made friends I probably would never have made.  I danced.  I grew.  I am still growing and I’m still dancing.
I was inspired to push myself and be challenged.  With encouragement from Javin and Kayla, I now am a Zumba instructor.  I believe in the power of dance.  It’s freeing.  It’s beautiful.  Everyone does it differently, but unfortunately not everyone does it.  I feel sorry for them- they don’t know what they’re missing!

“After about 2 months I was feeling confidence I have never felt before.” ~ Tiffany S.

I first met Javin when Amber introduced him to our class saying that a “guy” was coming to help her teach.  I was so self-conscious about my body already and didn’t like anyone to notice me at all, let alone, dance in front of anyone.  But dancing in front of a guy??? No way, no how.  I was going to protest when he came (silently because I’m also shy)

When he got there, it wasn’t so bad.  I could tell right away that he had a pleasant calm demeanor about him, and that I was NOT going to be embarrassed to dance “with” him or in front of him. He just had a way of making us all feel comfortable. He was only there to get us a good workout and feel better about ourselves after we left.

So as if that first day of having him there wasn’t enough….he proceeds to introduce himself to all of us and then says, does anyone have a car and is going to the Carother’s area?  I told him where I live and I go right through that street and i would love to give him a ride.

I said, “Why don’t you have a car? How did you get here?”

I realized that he was a little late, and I did happen to see a cop car drive away while I was dancing. (in the back of course, so I could see out the door).

He said, “Well, I was in a wreck before I got here and my car wasn’t driveable. The police officer gave me a ride, and I need to get to my restaurant to get my wife’s car so I can go home.:

hahahaha What??? I was hooked that day.  His story was too crazy not to be friends with him.

We talked the whole way, not even realizing I just let a strange guy who I had never met, that showed up in a cop car because of a wreck, but still managed to give us a kick our butt workout, get in my vehicle. We became instant friends that day.  He was the easiest to talk to and my shy self would have never offered to let a stranger in my car, let alone a guy!!!

I love Javin and Kayla and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have gotten through my separation and divorce as easily.  When he would sing to us during our cool down, I used to cry during stretches upside down since no one could tell- plus I was already sweating and wiping my face.  I told him that once when I finally revealed to him that I was getting a divorce. I had to tell them how much they meant to me, and that I always felt better coming to class.  He was so gentle with his listening and the way he told me about his absent father and that he was sorry that my boys will have to go without their dad.

Kayla is so sweet and funny and is just so passionate about dance and we became instant friends when she started coming.  And their kids!!  The fact that the whole family does this and they love and care for us all as much as we do them….I don’t even think of it as a workout or a class.  It’s just my family.  I come to be with my family when I come.  And we dance, and we laugh, and we hang out, and we eat together….and then we eat together some more….and then again and again!!

I have made the best lifelong friends at a little old zumba class…and to think that my now ex husband gave me a Living Social coupon as a “gift” but now realizing, it was probably his first way of getting me out of the house so I wouldn’t suspect a thing.  So what satan had in mind for evil, God had in mind good.  And this is so good.  ❤

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“I don’t even think of it as a workout or a class- it’s just my family.” – Hope B.