There's no question that life as a dancer can be difficult—long hours, rigorous rehearsals, and the risk of rejection and injury can take a toll. But dancing also gives us so much to be thankful for! In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked nine dancers to share what they're most grateful for this year. From overcoming adversity to new artistic opportunities to growing families, these artists have a lot to celebrate.

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Broadway dancer Christine Cornish Smith's good luck charm is the quote "To thine own self be true." (courtesy Smith)

For many dancers, having a good luck charm stowed in a dressing room or dance bag feels like the key to a successful audition or show. We asked nine pros to share the goofy/sentimental/magical objects that they believe can make the difference between the performance of a lifetime and, well, actually breaking a leg.

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Can my tampon get lost up there after one too many rehearsals? Should I skip cross-training in the pool during Aunt Flo's visit? Does missing a period mean I'm dangerously underweight? When it comes to menstruation, everybody has an opinion—but few have the facts. We asked the experts to debunk common myths about that time of the month, so you can get back to focusing on dance.

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Erin Baiano
Favorite Instagram filter:

Ludwig


Her current phone case…

"…has a rose with flames coming out of it."


Favorite song right now:

"Young Dumb & Broke," by Khalid

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Want to know what it's really like to be a teen reality star? We asked "Dance Moms" standout Kalani Hilliker to spill fun facts you'd never hear about on TV.

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