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.