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Dance, Marine, Dance!

Du Parc YMCA - August 16 2017

At only 19, Marine Coeurdassier is an aquafit and swimming instructor. In fact, she’s been working in aquatic activities at the Du Parc Y as a lifeguard and monitor for already two years now.

Even as a teenager, Marine attended Du Parc Y swim lessons. She was also a regular at the TeenZone where she discovered Zumba. She didn’t know it yet, but dance would change her life. “Dance gives me a way to express myself and release stress,” she says. “It also helps me feel free and accept myself as I am.” What a great life lesson from this little lady! Marine’s goal is to give her class participants the same sense of freedom. “When I’m swimming or dancing, I don’t need to please others or show that I’m someone I’m not; I feel like I’m in my element. I believe that everyone deserves to experiment with this feeling of freedom for their physical and mental well-being.”

Apparently, the Du Parc Y played an important part in Marine’s life. “It’s where I thrived as a teen,” she remembers. And, at a time where all teens are looking for who they are, the Du Parc Y allowed her to try out different activities and meet inspiring people along the way. “Without the Du Parc Y, I would not be the person I am today,” she says.

Marine loves a challenge! Recently, she joined her first cycling tour. She rode 150 km to raise money to fund community activities at the Du Parc Y. “It wasn’t easy, but it was really worth it!” And yes, as all of her friends and family would say, Marine Coeurdassier has a big heart!