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Amazing Woman of the Suncoast: Sarah Haworth

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Most people come to the Dynasty Dance Club to learn to dance better, but there are also special programs.

Sarah teaches three classes for students with special needs. These students have down syndrome, autism or epilepsy. But they feel the music.

"Its incredible, the music comes on and they just move. It's amazing to see that music and learning how to move to the music makes such a big difference."

And they remember their choreography.

"I just turn on the music and say OK dance a waltz for me an they do. Or I'll turn on a salsa and they'll all shimmy and move."

Their parents are amazed. And her students gave her these cards to show how much they love her. Sarah started dancing at the age of 4. When she was 13 years-old she discovered ballroom dancing. But then tragedy struck.

"When I was 16, my sister passed away. She was killed by a drunk driver and I sort of threw myself into dancing as a way to cope with the loss."

Sarah's sister died in March and by November she was winning world titles. She turned pro at the age of 18. Then she moved to Sarasota to partner with Max Lototskyy. They are a dynamite team in dance competitions.

"I'm a very competitive person. But teaching the special needs students, that's in my soul, that sort of fulfills the more compassionate side of me."