"Dance like no one's watching" is a life motto for many, but a 6-year-old girl named Audrey Nethery actually lives it — through Zumba.
She was diagnosed with a rare condition called Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a bone marrow disorder that blocks the production of red blood cells that are needed to transfer oxygen, as well as a cleft pallet, a hole in her heart and has needed more than 20 blood transfusions.
But that hasn't stopped her from busting serious moves on the
dance Zumba floor. Her parents, Scott Nethery and Julie Haise, run a Facebook page to share her endeavors and recently posted a video of Audrey at the International Zumba Convention, which took place last week in Orlando, Fla.
She may be small, but her skills are no different than the adults she performs her routine with.
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Approximately 5 to 7 per million babies are born with the condition worldwide. But there's only one incredibly talented Zumba-dancing Audrey.
Her mother expressed her gratitude for the joy Zumba has brought to her family in a Facebook post:
Almost 7 years ago Audrey was born and we began our journey in the world of Diamond Blackfan Anemia. We didn't know how long we would have Audrey with us, we were scared to death. Now to look up on that stage and see Audrey dancing with all of the Zumba stars is a feeing that I can't quite describe. I am so very proud of Audrey and so happy the Zumba community has embraced her. Zumba for life!!!!!
Dance on, Audrey!