These Dancing Sisters Melted Everyone's Hearts on "The Ellen Show"
Ava and Emma Blaser performing their duet to Coldplay's "Fix You." (via ellentube)
It's safe to say that the bond between dancing siblings is one of the strongest out there. But for sisters Emma, 16, and Ava Blaser, 10, that bond runs deeper than most can even fathom: The pair continued to dance together throughout Ava's treatment for kidney cancer remission, and they say it helped them heal.
Emma and Ava, who both dance at The Dynasty in Naperville, IL, appeared on "The Ellen Show" last week to talk about dance's healing powers. After originally being diagnosed at age 3, Ava relapsed earlier this year and was told by her doctors she'd be too weak to dance. But she pushed through anyway. "I feel like dance helped me because dancing makes me really happy and it makes me stay humble and positive throughout," Ava told Ellen. "It really distracts me from everything that's going on."
And her sister was right by her side throughout the whole thing. "I go down for all of her treatments and her scans and everything," Emma said. "We're best friends; we choreograph together and we have a relationship that's really different than a lot of siblings."
The pair performed a beautiful contemporary duet to Coldplay's super-emotional "Fix You," and there wasn't a dry eye in the audience. It was completely inspiring and incredibly motivating. Then, since the sisters are huge fans of tWitch, Ellen arranged for him to surprise them with VIP tickets to the "So You Think You Can Dance" tour.
Check out the sisters' powerful piece and candid interview below.
Everyone loves the multitalented Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Everyone loves Olympic figure skater (and pop-culture icon) Adam Rippon. Everyone loves when dancers ice-skate, and vice versa. So what could possibly be more lovable than the latest episode of the YouTube show "Break the Ice with Adam Rippon," in which Rippon teaches the sisters Ziegler to skate? (Nothing. NOTHING is more lovable than this freakishly cute video.)
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Sage Humphries rehearsing "White" (Brooke Trisolini, courtesy Boston Ballet)
It's been an eventful few months for Sage Humphries, to say the least. Last November, the Boston Ballet company member made her (very well-received) choreographic debut with a piece called YOU, part of the company's BB@home: ChoreograpHER program. Just one week later, Humphries sustained an injury that kept her offstage for a couple of months. But she didn't have much downtime: Artistic director Mikko Nissinen soon asked Humphries to make a piece for Boston Ballet's first-ever appearance at Boston Calling Music Festival. Now that Humphries is back in the studio, Dance Spirit caught up with her to talk about making ballet rock, working with her composer brother, and what it's like to see her name next to William Forsythe's.