Proud Hitchin mum ‘blown away’ by ballet dancing daughter with a difference

Brave ballet dancing Alex Hogan.

Brave ballet dancing Alex Hogan. - Credit: Archant

The mother of a young girl who was unable to see at birth has spoken of her pride after her daughter performed on stage by herself.

Alex Hogan was born with a condition which doesn’t allow her eyelids to open, but after had surgery 18 months ago is now partially sighted.

The five-year-old will also be having another operation over the next year which will hopefully bring her normal sight, but mum Louise says she has noticed a marked difference in Alex’s confidence since she took up ballet.

Alex is a pupil of the Hitchin and Letchworth-based Lesnick School of Ballet and was able to show off her skills during a concert at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre.

“Alex has bilateral ptosis which affects her field vision, and also means her eyes don’t look the same as everyone else’s,” said Louise.

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“I haven’t come across too many other parents who have children with ptosis, but I’m told when she’s old enough she’ll have another operation to take a muscle from her leg to support the brow – she’s just not big enough yet.

“I’ve been blown away the confidence Alex has gained recently.

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“She’s in Year 1 at Highover School – she normally would’ve been mortified to have even spoken at a school assembly but performing ballet has given her such a confidence boost. It’s gone through the roof.

“I also think being in character is a way of her coping with performing in public.

“I am so proud of her. When I watched her it brought tears to my eyes.

“Although she has been teased a little because of the way she looks her school have been great.

“Her ballet teacher Vickie Lesnick has also been brilliant.”

Vickie said: “I was so proud of her when as she appeared on stage at the Gordon Craig Theatre for The Children’s Trust charity – at one point during one of the dances she was alone on stage, which was great!”

Alex added: “My school has got a talent show soon and I’d like to enter because ballet has given me more confidence.”

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