There's nothing like pint-size performers to remind us how much we have to be grateful for, and thanks to this week's performances on "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors," we have a few more things to add to the list. The theme for this week was "Giving Thanks" and these young dancers embodied gratitude as they each dedicated their routine to people who have inspired them. The sweetest part about these dedications was watching the stars dedicate their dances to their families—we're all about showin' the love to your tribe, especially when you can show it on the dance floor.
In this week's standout performance Mackenzie Ziegler and Sage Rosen dedicated their samba to Mackenzie's older sister Maddie Ziegler. The duo performed to "Cheap Thrills" by Sia and made our jaws drop with their perfect technique and tricky choreography. Midway through the routine Maddie joined in turning their duet into a trio. While Maddie was amazing (per usual), we were impressed with Mackenzie's ability to match her sister's level—despite the fact that she has less experience. We would dare to say that this was Mackenzie's best performance of the season! The judges loved it almost as much as we did and gave her a 27 out of 30. Also, we really want in on the Ziegler Sister Squad but we'll settle for a few more Ziegler sister sambas.
It's May, which means it's time to gear up for your studio's annual recital! Yes, every group's performance preparations are different, but here are the eight stages pretty much every dancer goes through.