WHAT started as a general zumba class has transformed into a class for participants with special needs.
Darch instructors Rachel Uncanin and Vahida Nguyen, of Rn’V Zumba, have been teaching classes at Decadance in Joondalup for more than five years.
“Our Tuesday morning class started out as a general class,” Ms Uncanin said.
“We had one young lady, Brittney, with special needs and then Emma and Katryce joined us and then word must have got out because now three quarters of our class are special needs students.”
She said these special needs ranged from autism, Down Syndrome and other less known syndromes.
“We believe the students love the classes because of the party atmosphere with disco lights, infectious music, very welcoming instructors and accepting and inclusive participants,” Ms Nguyen said.
“The benefits of zumba for the students are not only the physical benefits of exercise but the mental freedom to let go and just be themselves for the hour in a non-judgmental environment.
“The class is not catered specifically for special needs as we believe these students do not need any different requirements – it empowers them more to be treated the same as everybody else.”
She said the pair also taught two other private special needs classes and would consider introducing another class at Decadance if there was a need.
“These groups are truly inspirational,” she said.
Tuesday classes at Decadance run from 9.30am and are open to everyone.
Rn’V Zumba also teach weekly classes in Kingsley, Warwick and Pearsall.