“When I’m dancing, I forget about all my pains and problems. Dancing energizes me and provides mental stimulation. The days when I dance are always the highlight of my week!”

Before she retired, Jean owned a ballroom dance studio and taught popular dances to adults and junior high students. As a child, she was a baseball player and often was the only girl on the team. Water skiing, tennis and roller-skate dancing were her sports.

Jean is now 92 years old. At 75, she began to lose her ability to participate in sports. Having two spine operations, a knee replacement, and arthritis have all taken a toll on her body.

In 2015, she attended a wheelchair dancing exhibition in Balboa Park. She liked it and immediately enrolled in a class, quickly learning how to maneuver and dance in a wheelchair.