‘Tis the season to get grateful, fa la la la la la la la la!
Happy Thanksgiving! Whether your 2016 has been chock full of platinum trophies, titles, and tiaras, or if it’s been more, well, dumpster fire-worthy, we’re firm believers that there’s always something to be grateful for. So we enlisted the JJGirls to share what they’re most thankful for this time of year.
For Friends and Family
“I’m so thankful for my friends and family. They were so supportive of my journey on So You Think You Can Dance — especially my sister, Amanda. She’s my biggest supporter.” —Emma Hellenkamp
“I’m eternally grateful for my mom, G-ma, brother, and whole family, as well as my supportive boyfriend, Trevor Kennedy. I’m also grateful for this life. Just being able to wake up every morning ready for the next adventure…” —Hailee Payne
For Dance, Of Course
“I’m super excited and thankful for the opportunity to assist at the Break the Floor conventions this year as one of the Junior Best dancers, alongside my friends Bostyn, Holden, and Parker. I’m also thankful for my family, my friends, and my health.” —Emma York
“I’m thankful I’m able to do what I love — dance — and for great family and friends who support me.” —Kaeli Ware
“There is so much for me to be thankful for this year. As always, I’m thankful I’ve found dance. I’m also thankful for a beautiful family and supportive friends. And I’m grateful to have been presented with so many opportunities and endless encouragement.” —Rosie Elliott
For Exciting Opportunities
“This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had this year as a dancer. God has definitely blessed me with so many opportunities this past year, and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for the future. I’m also super thankful that I have a wonderful family, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” —Cianna Aguglia
“I’m always thankful for so many things in my life. I know how lucky and fortunate I am, and I couldn’t be more blessed for the amazing people and opportunities my life is full of. My family means the world to me, and this year I’m especially thankful for my sister to come home from college. I’m very excited to spend time with her. I’m also incredibly thankful for my dance team, and for always having their constant support and love. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person or the dancer I am today. Lastly, I’m so blessed to be helping New York City Dance Alliance this year as the Senior Outstanding Dancer. I’ve done so much with all of the faculty and staff in the past, and I’m really looking forward to building stronger relationships with them all this year.” —Jacalyn Tatro
“I’m so thankful to be a #JJGirl! I’m so grateful to have been given this opportunity and to be able to inspire other dancers and share this amazing brand with everyone I know. I’m also thankful for my friends and family, and all the support they give me each and every day.” —Tatiana Melendez
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR? Let us know in the comments!