6-Year-Old Girl Steals the Show (and Hearts!) At Zumba Convention
By Kendra Callari
Taking center stage at this year’s Zumba Instructor Convention in Orlando, Fla., 6-year-old Audrey Nethery, who suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), a rare disorder that stops her bone marrow from producing red blood cells, melted the hearts of people all over the world with her fierce dance moves and fancy footwork.
After Audrey’s mom Julie Haise uploaded a video of her little one showing off her show-stopping Zumba skills to Facebook (Audrey’s family makes videos of her to help spread the word about DBA), the corporate office personally invited Audrey to the convention to dance with local instructors and some of the best Zumba dancers in the community. (Fun fact: The Rockettes kicked off the Zumba Instructor Convention in 2012!)
To help prepare Audrey for her big debut, Zumba sent a routine over to Audrey’s instructors (she’s been taking dance lessons at a local gym in Louisville, Ky. since she was one!), who then taught her the moves and even ended up going to the sold-out convention to perform alongside Audrey.
“Every time I see her dance, even when it’s just in her class, it makes me cry, but seeing her up on that stage was incredible,” Haise told TODAY. “When she’s dancing, she’s happy and brings so much joy to everyone watching.”
Leaving impressions on everyone she meets, it’s safe to say that Audrey has captured the hearts of everyone as she dances her way to stardom.