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Lydia Lerma’s Story
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I am an 83 years old woman, I am 5 ft. tall, when I started with Salsa Dance and Fitness, I used to weight 143 lb., I have had 2 open heart surgeries, 7 Angioplasties and 2 crater arteries replaced, I was dead for 15 minutes once in the mid nineties. I use to take 10 pills a day and I would visit my doctor once a week for check ups when I first came here. Now one year and 4 months later, I am happy to announce that I now take one pill a day, I visit my doctor every six months and my weight is now 119 lb., the last time I saw those numbers, was when I married my now deceased husband, coach Lerma in 1940. I come to class 5 days a week in the morning, I dance and I also do a serious amount of floor exercises, including sit ups push ups, body sculpting and all kind of Pilate exercises. My name is Lydia Lerma, come and see for your self. My doctors name is Dr. Urutia, ask him as well.

update from Lydia:
5/15/05
I just had a bone density test done, and the results are that for a woman my age, my bones are stronger than normal, so that means that osteoporoses is a decease that will get to me, according to my doctor, the more I dance the stronger my bones get.

Update from Lydia:
6/29/05
A year and a half ago, I was going to go on vacation to Europe, I all ready had my airline tickets and all, and Dr. Urutia said no way that my heart was too frail, so I canceled everything, well I have just made arrangements to go to Italy for 2 months and I have a green light from my doctor, he says that there is no trace of damage in my heart from any thing that ever happened to me.

So, thank you Orlando for giving me my health back.

Click here to read the article found in The Monitor

Dear Salsa Dance Co.,
I came to the states to visit my mom who lives in Mission. I live in Sweden where there's not a lot of activities like Salsa, Merengue, etc. going on. I decided to start taking dance classes. When I started I couldn't move my hips to the music, I didn't even know the basic salsa steps. After every class I learned more & more about how to move to the music and how to believe in myself. I got extra help when I needed it which helped me a lot and made me dance and move at the same level as the other ones in class, like the ones who had been dancing Salsa a lot longer than me. My 10 days in the states have been an experience and I will take my knowledge with me back to Europe and probably keep on dancing. This is not just a great exercise, this is fun & there's just a great atmosphere in there that's hard to explain. You'd have to try it out for yourselves.

Thanks for everything, it meant a lot!
Take care!
Emilia

“A Precious Gift”
Good Morning, Orlando   

I feel I can call you on a first name bases due to your kind personality. I recently saw your awesome show at the Heart of the Valley Health Fair. It was a spectacular performance, you, staff and students had such radiance and self confidence that it even lifted my own spirits.

Orlando, God prescribed every single detail of your life. He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality. The ability to help persons feel good of themselves is definitely a gift. May God continue giving you these beautiful blessing.

I have a 13 year old daughter who has a low self esteem of herself. I have tried just about everything from extra curricular activities at school and even in the private sector. After seeing your group perform, I immediately called my daughter and told her about your performance, she quickly responded and said, can you take me to their studio I think I can dance.

We'll be at your Studio Monday.

Congratulations to you, your staff and students

An admirer of your "God" given talent

Andrea Sanchez

“Hi, My name is Letty, i was finally able to sit and write my testimony on how my life has changed since I started with The Salsa McAllen Dance Company!!!

 It's been Two years that I drove by Orlando's studio and checked out the schedule posted on his window... (I had no idea of what this was all about!) Of course, I was not happy with the way I looked...I was beginning to be comfortable in stretch pants ... you know the ones with the elastic waist band......I had let go of myself and gained lots of weight after having my children. Didn't feel good about myself AT ALL!

 I had belonged to several other gyms...you know...the ones that get advertised a lot.....Anyway, they gave me no results...just took my money!!!!! I also felt completely alone and isolated at these gyms....no one there to encourage me...no one there to guide me as to what I needed to do...

 I now have been a Salsa/Dance Fitness member for two AWESOME years.....and you want to know the best part about this????? You are not tricked into signing some stupid contract that keeps you there.....you are not left alone to figure things out....and most of all....you don't get BORED!

 I can honestly tell all of you...that I don't know what I would have done had it not been for ORLANDO......I am now an advocate for Orlando....you see,...I have lost a lot of inches and weight...to the point where I get asked constantly if I am taking any med’s or drugs to help me with the weight loss.....I AM NOT.....I eat well, and exercise daily with the morning group!  AND another thing a gym can't give you.......are FRIENDS......The friends I have made these past two years have been incredible, inspirational, genuine......We are one BIG HAPPY FAMILY.....and we are there for one another....and the one who's always there to brighten up our morning/and day........is Orlando!......

So I want to THANK YOU my dear friend!!!!!....Thank you for all you have done for me....and all that you continue to do for others!!!!

I can tell you that I am not that same frumpy, timid, shy person I used to be two long years ago!!!!!

Your One and Only....WIGGLES”

 

Orlando,

I have been working out on and off all of my life. When I find something that intrest me I go full throttle. This class has really caught my attention. When I leave your class I can feel the soreness. Even though I have been jogging for about 6 months I never feel the sorness. And this class has motivated me to continue. The hour goes by so fast, but my whole body gets a workout. It is really fun!!!

Thank you Orlando.

Lyza M. Farias

Good afternoon Orlando,

I wanted to drop a note and let you know that the people from my surprise birthday party for my wife still talk about it.
I went to an Easter egg hunt and a friend’s house and the hosts mother came over and wanted to know all about what I did and how I did it

I have passed out your studios name countless number of times. I even had to do a quick impromptu recital. LOL Oh my God. But at least I knew the steps!!!

My wife was happy at the effort, but wished she knew the steps better so that I would not be dancing with others. Go figure.
Everyone commented on you and your wife's technique and style. They all wish they could do those steps. I even got an email from one lady saying she would dance with me anytime. And went out of her way to say I did good for a "white boy".
In short, thanks. It was fun. I had confidence and what made it better, I actually knew what I was doing for a change and all those times I watched people dance I am no longer amazed and now somewhat critical.

Yea - For me.  One sad note though, I no longer count 123....567 in my head all day and listen to music to find the different dance beats that I could use.

Maybe time to come back and refresh.

Thanks
 
 Mark Bewley

“My testimony”
My name is Terry Thérèse Ernest, better known as Grandma Terry at the Salsa McAllen dance Co.. It's been 2 yrs since I started to dance at the Latin dance studio of Orlando Perez its director.

Although I've been dancing since age 16, my dad being a musician and dancer at heart ,was my first dance partner in France where I was born.

Orlando gives its all to his students, his patience, his love to teach, his endless demanding for perfection, his individual attention and help and most of all, his compassion and love for his students is real once you get to know him.

The ambiance in the Studio is like a big family, it is my family here and I love it..

Orlando, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me regain my love for dancing and teaching me to be a better dancer at a still young age..Remember,.I am 37yrs old.........backwards.......Really.I am in my heart..!!!!!

Last year, Orlando offered to dance with me ( oh my, was I nervous) at the Hospital's Christmas party. I work as a volunteer with premies, hence "Grandma" is my name at the studio also .!!! Thank you for dancing again with me this year and I will be just as nervous...!!!!.

God bless you Orlando for all the good you are doing helping adults and children enjoy a better life, by dancing, exercising, better nutrition therefore better health and last but not least, by caring.

NO FLY BY NIGHTS HERE.
Grandma Terry

 

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