It only took Alissa Sizemore three minutes to bring an entire audience to tears. The 8-year-old girl from Utah loves to dance, but there’s one issue, she lost her leg almost a year ago. Miraculously that hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves — dancing! Click to watch her amazing performance.
Alissa Sizemore is a true inspiration. The eight-year-old girl from Utah stunned the audience at her first dance recital back, after losing her right leg in a terrible accident. There wasn’t a dry eye in Vernal’s high school gymnasium — and for good reason.
Alissa Sizemore: 8-Year-Old Amputee Dances Beautifully After Losing Her Leg
Less than a year ago, Alissa was playing outside with her sister when she ran off a sidewalk and a UPS truck ran over her foot and immediately severed it, according to Deseret News. Sadly, the doctors had to amputate her right leg just below the knee.
Regardless of the tough road that was ahead of her, Alissa didn’t want to give up her number one passion — dance.
“I just didn’t want to give up,” Alissa told PEOPLE. “Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don’t have part of my leg, but I can’t let that stop me. I still want to dance.”
The first thing Alissa wanted to do after leaving the hospital was to get right back into rehearsing. She began secretly rehearsing simple dance moves in the studio at her dad’s house. Then, just a few months later, she accompanied her mother Heather Sizemore, to her sister’s dance studio and shocked everyone when she asked to join the class.
Heather told PEOPLE, “She hopped to the middle of the room and gave it her all. She wasn’t going to let anybody hold her back.”
Alissa is truly amazing!
Alissa’s First Recital Back Shocked Everyone
It was in September, that Alissa told her family that she wanted to start rehearsing for the February 2015 recital, using her new prosthetic leg, according to the outlet.
Alissa explained, “It was real hard losing my leg, because I love music and dancing so much. Everybody came together to get me dancing again. All of the teachers helped me and I knew there was no way I was going to give up. I love all of my teachers and I love that I can dance again.”
And that’s what she did. During her first performance back, she danced her little heart out in the middle of Vernal’s high school gym, and the audience couldn’t have been more impressed. At the end, she got a standing ovation!
Heather told PEOPLE, “I want her to know that with or without her leg, she can do whatever she wants in life. No matter what, she’s still Alissa.”
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