Zumba: a simple exercise dance routine inspiring a lake area cancer victim

Zumba: dancing back to health


Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness program that has become an international trend.  From South America, to Asia, even right in our own backyards, the zumba craze has come alive. 
"It is an international movement that is on fire and when you go to a zumba class, you will smile" said Erin Davison grinning from ear to ear.   
Davison is a zumba instructor at Sulphur Parks and Recreation and after a career as a semi-pro dancer, zumba is her way of giving back. 
"I've been dancing since I was three" said Davison.  "I was in... for 12 years... I was in a semi-pro dance company.  Zumba is a way for me to dance, shake, have fun and a way for me to show others who have maybe never danced how much fun dancing is" said Davison. 
One month ago, Davison received some devastating news that's put a lot on hold.
"I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, B-Cell..." Davison said holding back tears.  "So I am not instructing right now at SPAR... I haven't been cleared to instruct again".
That's not stopping her friends and students from dancing her back to health.
"Since she's not able to dance with us that we would dance with her and let her know that we're thinking of her and praying with her" said fellow zumba instructor, Elizabeth Medwick.
Medwick organized the group of Davison's students and friends to surprise her at her home on Saturday with a zumba flash mob dance.
"Zumba had come together with the Dizzy Feet Foundation who puts together or sponsors National Dance Day and zumba had their own routine" said Medwick.  "So if you took part in the zumba National Dance Day, there were people all over the place doing the zumba dance... crazy love". 
But these lake area dancers were dancing for more than just fun and exercise, but to show their 'crazy love' for a person who means so much. 
"That's why I'm here..." said zumba participant, Dara Jo Johnson.  "They [the instructors] are personable people and it's fun because of them.  We are behind her [Davison] and we love her and we will do anything" said Johnson. 
"You never know how much people love you or care about you until something happens" said Davison.  "It's overwhelming to have that much support, prayers and love".
Other than a lot of thank you's and hugs, she has one thing to tell her class. 
"They can't skip class" Davison laughed.  "I've threatened them!  They have to keep working out, they have to keep exercising because I'm coming back" she said. 
Davison will begin an aggressive five month chemotherapy cycle next week.  
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