Nicholas and Christopher Kruger (16) were first introduced to Commonpoint Queens’ special services programs in 2020. Although the pandemic hit soon after, they were able to find a much-needed virtual community. Since then, they have participated in many programs virtually and in-person including Sunday Funday, Weekend Teen, School Holiday programs, Autism Summer Respite, and cheerleading, but their favorite has been Zumba with Ms. Mandy!
The weekday evening Zumba class began virtually in 2020 but transitioned to in person at Sam Field in 2021. It was one of the first programs they joined, and it was a natural fit. “In Zumba, we learned how to move our bodies, be healthy, get our muscles strong, and how to dance. I knew I had some amazing dance moves!” Christopher shared.
They had the opportunity to become leaders, never hesitating to stand with Ms. Mandy to demonstrate the moves and sing along during their favorite songs. They would even get the Spotify playlists after class so they could practice at home and suggest songs. “I liked the songs and the dance moves. It was a fun program with all of the staff and friends,” Nicholas added.
Their mom Lisa is incredibly grateful to have found Commonpoint Queens. She said, “The boys have made new friends and recruited old friends to Commonpoint. When we first met Mandy virtually, she brought so much excitement to them and I was thrilled when they got to do it in person—I knew they would have the best time!”
They can’t wait to participate in virtual Zumba which started in February. Christopher shared, “Learning to become a great dancer at Zumba, that’s the best!”