I can’t pass a screening to participate in dance. And yet…

Dear friends,
The other day I was dancing Tango with a student in my UNM Ballroom class, and he thanked me for sharing my darker story of physical challenges with the class last fall.  

And then he asked that share them openly with you.  Oh boy...

Here are some hard health highlights from my first 35 years:

Cancer Survivor, age 19. No thyroid. Limited body temperature and metabolism regulation
Missing liver enzyme, high bilirubin and immune response
High arches and shorter right leg; corrective orthotics
Underdeveloped vertebrae, forward pelvic tilt, permanent s- and c- spinal curves
Occasional peripheral neuropathy, unknown cause or progression
Four head traumas, four pregnancies but two beautiful children, epidural spinal leak, broken tailbone, nail through my left foot…

Yes...  There IS more.  

BUT!  The reason he and so many students come to UNM PE-AP classes and I dance and teach today with minimal pain, strength, and wellness: our like-minded community is sharing it all with YOU!

The UNM Dance Fitness Clinic, April 19-20, 2016

A celebration of movement and wellness for all.

This event could be the beginning of YOUR wellness story.

  • Begin to dance and compete with no one, just grow in your own way
  • Try social dance even if you don’t have a partner, but you may find one and you could dance together  
  • No matter your mood, learn simple dance moves will lift you, thrill you, relax you, elevate you, and showcase YOUR unique strengths   your unique strengths
  • No barriers, no experience necessary, all abilities ages 13 to 100+

Our mission to provide dance as wellness for all is and has been beyond worthwhile.  UNM, guest Louis Van Amstel, and our local NM community and I are so honored and thank you for your time and consideration in joining us.  

With gratitude,
Megan Merchant