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Helping you be an Active Ostomate
Our spring run of classes via Zoom have now ended. To be the first to receive details of our new Zumba classes this Autumn just complete the form below.
“Hello everyone, I’m Francesca Aproskie, I’m a fellow Ostomate and I’ve been a Zumba Instructor for almost two years. My love of Zumba started about five years ago and I always enjoyed going to Zumba classes rather than going to the gym as it feels more like a party than a workout! As a short introduction, Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system and is open to everyone. With a party vibe, no experience is needed and it really is ‘exercise in disguise!’ Being instructor-led, you’ll be able to follow the routines easily as all the moves are incorporated into the choreography.
Following my own ostomy surgery in June 2019, I faced an eight month recovery period watching the Zumba fun from the side-lines. During this time, I realised how happy dancing makes me, how free I feel and it gave me the opportunity to refocus, reframe and understand where my true passion in life lies. Sharing my experiences with others and helping people through their own recovery through dance and fitness has become a driving force for me and the saying ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ has never resonated more.
Being a Zumba instructor with a permanent colostomy may be a rare thing, but it has not stopped me successfully becoming qualified in several specialisms across all ages (Zumbini 0-4 yrs; Zumba Kids Junior 4-6 yrs; Zumba Kids 5-11 yrs and Zumba Gold for our more senior students). I launched my online Zumba ‘side hustle’ during Lockdown One and this year, I have finally taken the leap of faith to follow my dreams; I left my full time job in the corporate world and have set up my own business; Dance Through The Ages! This has allowed me to start my next exciting chapter in life, with Zumba at the heart of my journey.
If surgery has taught me one thing, it is that life is a gift and it’s definitely for living! I make every effort to stick to my motto: ‘Live long, dance often, love always’ and I hope to bring a ray of sunshine to my students.
Please join me for a ‘wiggle and a giggle’ with Colostomy UK’s Active Ostomates: at Home project”