Dancing through life: New class offered in Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. — There’s a new fitness class in Kokomo that’s getting a lot of attention.

It only started a month ago, but the instructor is quickly becoming the talk of the town.

22-year-old Sommer Kitts is motivating people who have never worked out to get up and get moving.

Kitts started dance lessons when she was 5 years old.

These days, she’s using her sassy dance moves to push others beyond their disability, just like she did.

“It made me feel happy confidence and proud of myself. I knew the moment I was ready to star on stage, be a professional and stardom,” Kitts said.

Each week, Kitts teaches classes at Bona Vista, a place that provides nearly a dozen services and programs to adults and children.

She encourages others of all abilities to get moving.

“When Sommer takes the dance floor, she really makes you feel comfortable, makes you want to get out there, makes you want to move,” said Bona Vista Caregiver for the Developmentally Disabled Chad McCarter.

Kitts' life hasn’t always had an upbeat tempo.

“Occasionally she’ll get sad, and she’ll question why she has down syndrome,” said Sommer’s mom Beth Barnett.

But no matter your ability, you’re always welcome on Kitts' dance floor.

“As long as you keep going, keep trying and push yourself, that’s what matters,” she said.

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