Dance party to help raise funds for Langley girl

Newbies welcome at June 28 Zumbathon, a two-hour fundraiser for Selena Yorke, a Grade 5 student with a rare neuromuscular disease.

A dance studio in Langley is holding a fundraiser next Friday to help a little girl with a rare disease.

Fire Dance Studio is holding a Zumbathon June 28 for Selena Yorke, a Grade 5 Langley Meadows Elementary student,

Selena, 11, was diagnosed last year with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare, neuromuscular disease that affects her ability to talk, talk and sing.

Her family is facing numerous challenges as a result of the progression of the disease, says Maria Martini, co-owner of Fire Dance Studio.

Supporters are invited to a two-hour Zumba dance party at Murrayville Hall, 21667 48 Avenue, Langley. Admission is $15 with all proceeds to the Yorke family.

Martini first learned about Selena’s story through Facebook.

“I was very touched by her story, as I know how hard it can be in going through something like this,” says Martini, who lost her nephew to illness two years ago.  “I saw up close all the difficulties my family had to go through, especially financially,” she says, adding she understands how overwhelming it can be for parents with a child is in the hospital who must take time off work.

Newbies who have never tried Zumba are welcome.

For tickets, call 604-723-9910 or email