Valentine’s Day, this year saw the 10th edition of an annual event ‘Udaan Sapno Ki’ happen. The event had a whopping 812 specially-abled children break India’s record of ‘Maximum number of specially-abled children performing Zumba together’. The kids danced non-stop for 40 minutes.
The earlier record was created last year when 200 children danced for 30 minutes at a stretch in the city Ahmedabad.
The 812 kids belonged from near about 28 schools from all across the city. Rotary Club of Nagpur (RCN) in association with the Social Welfare Department of Government of Maharashtra, organized this event at the Mankapur Indoor Stadium.
The specially-abled kids who were a mix of hearing, speech, visually-impaired and mentally and physically challenged were taught Zumba by a troop of 15 instructors who had come down for Mumbai just for this occasion.
As quoted to the TOI, Manish Gohil who was a part of the Zumba Instructor Network as well as the leader of the training team, he said,
“These kids are very enthusiastic. It surely is a challenge but the kids cope up really well. But, it is never about perfection in dance. The real reward is the bright smiles on their faces. What’s commendable that these children overcome their disabilities while letting them loose with the dance,” he said. Gohil has been teaching Zumba to the specially-abled kids since 15 years now, across India.
What stood out was not just the fact that 812 students performed, but the fact that they performed in sync with their instructors. Even the wheelchair-bound kids showed off their best moves. Joining in the contagious energy were the Rotarians and the school teachers. Together they made an event of a lifetime happen.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Ashish Deshmukh who inaugurated the event said, “This is a day to spread the message of love and there cannot be a better way.”
Information & title image source: timesofindia