A disabled dancer paralysed from the waist down has amazed her friends and family – by excelling in exams in ballet, tap and cheerleading.
Chloe Davies, seven, was born with spina bifida and has been in a wheelchair since she was just two years old.
But the inspirational youngster was determined to join her friends at dance classes and take up sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Now she has passed exams in three different dance disciplines after starting classes at Cats With Reds Shoes dance school in April.
Unable to move her lower limbs Chloe incorporates her own upper body moves into routines in order to keep up with her peers.
“I like dancing in my wheelchair just like all the others,” she said.
And she has amazed her proud parents, Tracy Davies and David Parkin, and older sisters Danielle, 19, and Lynne, 17. Tracy said: “It’s unbelievable. I’m one very proud mum.”
Tracy, of Condor Grove, Blackpool, was told the devastating news her daughter would be disabled when she was pregnant.
She added: “They said she wouldn’t be able to do anything. I wouldn’t change her for the world.”
But Chloe, a Year Three pupil at Waterloo Primary Academy, has defied doctors’ predictions and was inspired to take up sport after watching the likes of David Weir and Ellie Simmonds in the Paralympics.
Tracy said: “After the Paralympics she wanted to be a swimmer and a wheelchair racer. It’s brilliant to see people like that.”
Chloe performed on stage at the Opera House this summer in Hits, alongside hundreds of other dancers and is now being put forward for a cheerleading competition at the Winter Gardens.
She has been given the opportunity by dance instructors Hayley and Sandy at Cats With Red Shoes, on Highfield Road, South Shore.
Tracy said: “She’s always loved dancing in her wheelchair and wanted to do it but I think it’s too much of a challenge for some people.
“She did cheerleading at school and Hayley and Sandy from Cats With Red Shoes said they’d seen her and couldn’t believe what she could do.
“They’ve been amazing with her.”
And Chloe added: “I like going dancing because Hayley and Sandy are great teachers and they help me.”