Kelsey Forrest may have arthritis, but she still likes to move it on the dance floor.
The Arthritis Society, Manitoba Division (ASM) recently held a "Move It" dance contest in which participants shot video of themselves dancing to the song, I Like to Move It by Reel to Real.
The ASM asked nine-year-old Forrest to perform an individual dance to enter in the contest. Then Forrest’s teacher at Beaverlodge School, Diana Juchnowski, organized the students of Beaverlodge School to dance as well.
"She got the whole school to go outside at the back of the play structure, and Kelsey taught them how to do the dance," Forrest’s mom, Elizabeth, said.
Beaverlodge School won the contest in the best group category, winning two iPod nanos. One of those iPods is now in the school gym.
"It’s to play songs (during class)," Forrest said.
Regardless of Forrest’s arthritis, she loves sports and is very active.
"It doesn’t bother me because I still do lots of sports," she said.
Forrest plays hockey and baseball, and does gymnastics. She is in the school’s running club, and participates in intramurals during lunch hour.
It sounds like a lot, but activity is what Elizabeth wants for her daughter. She said she’s a firm believer that exercise is what’s keeping Forrest’s arthritis from worsening.
"She never complains about (arthritis), ever. I think I complain about it more than she does, because as a mother it’s hard," Elizabeth said.
Elizabeth said many people who meet Forrest are typically shocked at how such a young child can have such a serious condition.
"It can happen to anyone," Elizabeth said.
For more information about the ASM, visit arthritis.ca/mb or call 1-800-321-1433.
To watch the winning video of Beaverlodge School’s dance, visit the Move It contest’s page on Facebook, and click the video entitled Beaverlodge School Moves It.