8-Year-Old Amputee Competes In First Dance Competition Since Her Accident — And Kills It

She danced to Colbie Callait's 'Try'

On May 6, 2014, 7-year-old Alissa Sizemore ran out into an intersection and was struck by a FedEx truck. As a result of her injuries, she lost her leg. Her mother, Heather Sizemore, told Desert News that after the accident, Sizemore struggled to retain her identity without a leg — especially being a dancer. 

"I told her, 'You're still you. A prosthetic or a (lost) leg doesn't change who you are. You're still Alissa,'" her mother told Desert News.

Hearing the song "Try" by Colbie Calliet, however, gave the now 8-year-old newfound confidence. 

While visiting Vernal, Utah's Powerhouse Dance Studio for competition placements, Alissa didn't sit on the sidelines as planned, PEOPLE reports

"She handed me her crutches and said she was trying out," 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." 

When the recital rolled around, Sizemore asked the dance teachers if Alissa could perform a solo to prove that she could still do her craft, and do it well. So they did. And what resulted was truly magical. 

Sizemore posted the video to YouTube, where it now has over 14,000 views. After watching, it's easy to see why. Dancing to "Try," Alissa shows that she is still a dancer, and that dancers don't always need both legs (or a foot) to totally rock it.


Alissa hasn't stopped dancing since. 

Musical artist trio Gentri featured her in their latest music video (released April 2) for the song "Dare," which shows an empowered Alissa working her magic on the dance floor. 

Per The Mighty, the lyrics represent the strength of a young girl who has overcome obstacles. 

Alissa isn't the only amputee in the dancing world, either. 

Fifteen-year-old Lexi Daniels took the Internet by storm after WilldaBeast posted her Hip Hop routine to Instagram, further proving that with a little passion, amputee or not, there is no stopping a talented dancer. 


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