NEW YORK — A young Utah ballerina didn’t let an amputation stop her from dancing. Her story is inspiring people all across the world — even catching the eye of one of her favorite performers, Colbie Caillat.
Eight-year-old Alissa Sizemore is no stranger to the stage — she has been dancing since she was 4 years old. But a recent performance to Caillat’s “Try” has captivated the eyes and hearts of hundreds of thousands.
Alissa’s dance, just as the song to which it is set, is all about finding and embracing inner beauty. It’s something she’s worked hard to do ever since she lost her right foot in an accident in May of last year, when it was pinned under a UPS truck in her Uintah County neighborhood.
In order to save her life, doctors had to amputate her leg just below the knee. Alissa refused to give up on dance, but the road back was a long one.
Alissa was recently featured in a music video by the band GENTRI. The band said Alissa was a perfect example of pursuing a dream, something they hoped their song would inspire people to do.
GENTRI 'Dare' Official Music Video -- Featuring Alissa Sizemore 8 year old amputee dancer: