An eight-year-old girl, who lost her leg below the knee after she was hit by a truck last year, has given her first solo dance performance since the tragedy and earned a standing ovation.
Alissa Sizemore, from Vernal, Utah, was seven-years-old when her leg was severed when a truck ran over it. Her right leg had to be amputated below the knee, but the girl, who had been taking dancing lessons since she was four-years-old, was determined to get back in the dance studio just as soon as possible. Alissa told People:
I just didn’t want to give up. Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was four. I don’t have part of my leg, but I can’t let that stop me. I still want to dance.
1. Alissa Sizemore’s first competition since losing her right leg.
For her debut performance, Alissa, who received a prosthetic leg in September, chose Colbie Caillat’s hit Try. She and her mom felt that the song reflected her emotional journey over the past year. She removed her artificial limb as a part of the routine.
Alissa’s mother Heather shared a video of her daughter’s performance on her YouTube channel.
The footage shows Alissa sporting a seafoam green ballet costume, as she walks confidently toward a bench set up in the middle of Vernal’s high school gymnasium, where the performance took place.
The little girl is seen performing an impressive series of leg stretches and even a cartwheel before removing her prosthetic limb.
2. Alissa Sizemore can be seen dancing on a wooden bench during her first solo dance performance since she lost her leg in an accident last May.
3. The eight-year-old lifted her prosthetic limb while balancing on one leg for her routine, which was set to Colbie Caillat’s hit Try.
4. She even did a cartwheel in the middle of her performance at a high school gymnasium in Vernal, Utah.
After removing her prosthetic leg, Alissa continues her routine on the floor, proving that she will always be able to dance, with or without her leg.
The audience was so moved by her performance that the girl was given a standing ovation — an incredible end to an emotional year.
And it is also one which will hopefully help to dull the memory of the horrific accident which left Alissa in pain for months.
5. Towards the end of her emotional dance, Alissa removed her artificial leg and continued her routine on the floor, where she did a bridge and a forward roll.
6. Alissa was photographed warming up for ballet class at Powerhouse Dance Studio last month.
7. She can be seen performing a routine with the other girls in her class.
Last May, Alissa was playing with her sister Cyley and some of her friends outside when she ran past a few garbage bins which were pulled to the curb, just as a truck was breaking to a stop. Alissa’s right foot was caught underneath the truck’s tire.
The girl was immediately flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, but doctors were unable to save her leg.
The girl was dependent on a wheelchair or crutches before she was fitted with her prosthetic leg, but she was already doing simple dance moves in the studio her father had built for her and her sisters.
8. GENTRI “Dare” Official Music Video — featuring Alissa Sizemore.
9. The little girl posed for this photo with Casey Elliott, Brad Robins and Bradley Quinn Lever, who make up the group.
10. In the music video, Alissa holds up a sign that reads: “Dare to dream”.
11. Alissa curled up with her stuffed animals as she and her mom Heather smiled for the camera last year after her accident.
Share this story with your friends and your thoughts in the comments below. Please retweet it to your Twitter followers — they would want to see that, too.