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Young Cicero dancer, gymnast, model reaches for the sky

CICERO – Alexis Holmes of Cicero has a busy schedule. There’s school and after that, at least 12 hours a week in gymnastics. She spends an hour a week in a ballet class and another half hour in hip-hop dance class. Alexis also has modeling gigs that have to be fitted into her schedule, like a commercial for California Raisins or Green Mountain coffee.

Yes, she is one busy 9-year-old girl.

As if time wasn’t already tight, the third-grader at Wilson School also had to rehearse for two roles she played in the Ballet Legere’s production of the “The Nutcracker,” which ran from Dec. 12 through 16 at Dominican University.

Not that her dreams are confined to a stage: This is a child on a mission.

“I want to be doctor,” she said confidently. “That’s a dream that I have had since I was little and I’m probably going to stick with it. And I also want to go to the Olympics and win the Gold Medal in 2020 for gymnastics.”

When she takes time off from her fast track, Alexis like to play with her dog, Cube. Her manic pace began when she was 18 months old and enrolled in her first gymnastics class.

“When I was little I just always did this stuff and break things,” she said. “My Mom has videos of me.”

Her mother, Becky Lehpamer, said her daughter is pretty together for a child her age.

“She’s a handful,” Becky joked. “She’s a good kid for the most part.

“She’s always been busy. She’s the one who told me she wants to run a marathon, be in the Olympics and break a world record at 7 years old. I said, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ ”

An A and B student, Alexis said she was pretty calm being on the stage for “The Nutcracker” performances.

“I’ve also been in pageants, dance recitals and gymnastics meets. So it’s natural, but it’s new to be on the stage performing in another area,” she said. “It was so much fun doing ‘The Nutcracker.’ ”

Her mother was less than calm.

“She was so good I started crying,” Lehpamer said. “It was tough on me because she had two parts. But she loved it. She had a big smile on her face the whole time.”

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