Where to start? How about the beginning……it was a cold February afternoon, and after several short conversations, a long decisive one settled it. A Zumbathon for Down syndrome! Planning was key. Website with online registrations were handled by my tech friendly husband. Online media, via face book and blogging was me, Colleen and we taught Pamela how do this. We had lots of online help as well from countless, kind souls, friends, family members, confidants, cohorts and professionals all three of us knew. Five generous instructors lined up to help me come up with plenty of music and dance moves to last 2 hours. We were gonna do this thing! For real!!
Somedays, it seemed it would never get here. Then last Monday, panic set in! My virgin Zumbathon as the coordinator and I had what seemed like a thousand loose ends to tie up, plus Becca was driving over from West Virginia to help teach and would be staying with us, so that meant I HAD to have a clean house!
I need to Thank Pamela Butler and Colleen Ballard-Thomas for getting me involved in such a great cause! Without their encouragement and faith in my ability, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to pull it off. You girls have my heart! I will forever be raising money for The Down syndrome Association, right beside you two, hand in hand! We make an awesome trio!
Pamela enlisted her employees to help organize and get us ready as well as dance with us and drug her family along to help. She even had her Momma, the Birthday girl, man the Team Dot table. Colleen rounded up vendors, collected their donations, sent out press releases and then was our photographer for the day. Those girls ROCK!!!
Next I need to Thank all the instructors: Rebecca Marcantel, TamaraThomas, Cristy Carabello, Jackie Reynolds, Jeff Hixon and Malcolm Thompson!! Your music and moves inspire me to be a better instructor! This was a joyful experience for me and I pray it was for you guys as well, and it is my sincerest hope that when we repeat this in the fall you will all join me again.
The alarm blared early, I crawled out of bed, my stomach in knots! It was finally the Saturday morning I had been planning for months! I don’t remember my shower, but during the drive over I remember thinking my heart is gonna bust..I’m too nervous and excited. I walked into the school and thought to myself, “We can do this! Let’s get the music started!!”
Then the music started, and standing on that stage with my Zumba peeps I felt brave, and happy almost giddy inside! There were soo many smiling faces in the crowd. Faces I knew, others I have never met, but there were plenty of happy ready to Zumba faces! Here’s where I do my third Thank you!! Thank you to everyone!! The success of the day rested solely on whether you would come out and dance with us and I am very grateful that you did!! I met some wonderful new people and I hope this is the beginning of some wonderful new life-long friendships!! Zumba Love to each and every one of you!