“I always doubted myself and my ability and now I am happy and doing what I love to do every single day.”
The summer always encourages people to get a bit more active and try to follow a healthier lifestyle. One GirlCrewer who can help you be more active is Dublin member, and Zumba instructor, Saran Barry. “I have loved dancing from a very young age, attending numerous ballet classes, jazz classes etc. and always knew I wanted to do something to pursue dancing once I hit college.” Taking the chance to study Dance, and Childcare thereafter, gave Saran “the best of both worlds!” With two qualifications, Saran hoped to get a job that would incorporate both of her loves.
“I always loved going to Zumba classes locally and how good they made me feel, no matter what was going on outside in my life, in those classes I was guaranteed a good laugh and to be able to forget about my stresses and worries for the hour.” Spurred on by her family, Saran decided to become a instructor, gaining several more qualifications allowing her to work with both adults and children of all ages. “The best thing now about my role is it doesn’t feel like a job, it just feels like every week I go to classes and see women who gain confidence, reach their own personal goals and meet new friends all while getting fit and having fun.”
For Saran, Zumba has helped her to regain her confidence and build a career that she is proud of. “Zumba has changed my life from what was a very negative and hard time into something so positive and fulfilling…I couldn’t be happier and I want to share this happiness with anyone who comes to my classes. If I can help change one person’s life I will have achieved all I wanted to achieve while doing this job…” Saran is always looking for new members, so if you’re looking for a fun hobby Zumba might be just the thing for you.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Seeing women gain in confidence and making them feel good every single day, whether it is going from the back row to middle row in class, talking to more people, making new friends, SO many aspects! And of course being able to dance and share my love of dance and Zumba with everyone adults and children!
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
Getting my name out there as there are SO many different instructors it was difficult to start out and try and bring something to Zumba classes that others didn’t already do or have.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
There is a woman who comes to my classes who has a son with severe medical needs and her family are raising money to try and buy a car that will fit his wheelchair without having to take him out of the wheelchair every time they want to go somewhere. I held a Zumbathon in April where ALL money went to this little boy and managed to raise €659.00 for him. I was over the moon so much was raised and it made me feel so proud that I was able to help towards a happier life for him.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Be yourself and go wild! Follow your dreams, get certified, and from then on only good things can come!
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
Never give up or ever doubt yourself. Follow your dreams! I would never have become an instructor if it wasn’t for my family encouraging me to do it as I always doubted myself and my ability and now I am happy and doing what I love to do every single day. As Walt Disney once said, ‘ First Think. Second Believe. Third Dream. and finally Dare.’ Live every moment, laugh everyday, and love beyond words, life is too short not to!
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