The little girl more than holds her own while shimmying and swinging alongside adults at a sold-out Zumba conference held in Orlando earlier this month. Her dad, Scott, explains under the YouTube video, posted on Aug. 18, that Audrey is performing with “her local instructors and some of the best Zumba dancers in the Zumba community.”
“Audrey got into Zumba first off because she loves to dance!” dad Scott tells Yahoo Parenting. “Zumba means happiness and fun to Audrey.”
“We like it because she has fun and gets some good exercise,” says her father, adding that she goes to a class every Saturday at MyGym. “We also feel that it has helped boost her confidence a bit. Audrey is smaller then other kids her age due to having Diamond Blackfan Anemia, and that bothers her sometimes. However, her size doesn’t matter when she is dancing and she knows she is pretty good at it!”
Audrey has been dancing for some time to raise awareness for her rare disease, caused by bone marrow that doesn’t make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body, according to the DBA Foundation.
The disease can lead to muscle weakness and osteoporosis, among other side effects, but despite that Audrey hardly misses a move on stage.
This isn’t the first of Audrey’s videos to spread around the Web. Many on her community Facebook page have gotten more than 1 million streams each. The family has raised thousands of dollars and awareness for the disease by posting her videos online.
“Audrey is a happy, loving, smart little girl who loves to dance, listen to music, and collect dolls and stuffed animals,” her father told the Daily Mail after another of her videos reached more than 2.5 million streams. “She is incredibly strong and leaves an impression on everyone she meets!”