On Christmas Eve 1990, in Yorkshire, England, Mary Higgins (age 46) was told her unborn baby was going to have Down syndrome. The doctor advised a termination. She said no, and five months later a little girl, Katie, was born. Young Katie Higgins is now 23. Despite her difficulties, last autumn she became a Zumba® instructor. She had already learned how sign for deaf people and show school children how to do it too. When Craig, Katie’s brother, died of cancer, "This changed everything," says Mary. "I knew I had to either go to the doctors for pills for my grief or do something to make life bearable for us all." She began Yoga-Pilates then Zumba® Fitness Classes. "I loved it right away although afterwards I was very upset at myself that I’d been jumping up and smiling and singing although Craig has just died. Then I realized that it was what Craig would have wanted. Katie used to ask me at times 'Did you enjoy it?' I used to say 'No, I didn’t enjoy it. I loved it!' Amanda Laycock, the Zumba® instructor, suggested Katie should come with me and sign to our music. She did. Then one night Amanda announced “I think you ought to do more than this, Katie.” Amanda then starting giving Katie special classes, on her own. "I just watched - with amazement," Mary remembers. "From then on, there was just no holding Katie back." In summer 2012 Katie passed her exams. Her teacher Caroline Parsons wrote to the world via the Zumba® forum to say this day had been extra-special because Katie had done so well. Now, at classes at Halifax College and Elim church in Sowerby Bridge, Katie is on the stage. She teaches Zumba® and everyone follows her. Mary reveals that "The first time Katie did it I heard her crying in the bathroom afterwards. They were happy tears, but relief after the strain too. And now when I see Katie do it I so well I fill up with tears. I can’t believe she is doing this. Craig would have been so proud. And I can’t take credit, it was Amanda who had that early confidence in Katie. Katie practices a lot at home now. I can’t join in with her because the CDs are for instructors like her, not for me. I feel really proud that the she’s now better than me at something. Mind you, I’m 70 this year, she’s only 23! What I have taught Katie is nothing to what Katie has taught me!"