Emotions ran high Monday night on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as the contestants recalled the most memorable year of their lives and interpreted it into dance. The stories ranged from adoption and life-threatening injuries to the personal triumphs many of the celebrities have endured in their journey to stardom. No story was more emotional than that of famed footballer Rashad Jennings who, with partner Emma Slater, recalled his childhood and turbulent relationship with an often distant alcoholic father. There wasn’t a dry eye in the ballroom following his flawless contemporary routine, one fraught with raw emotion.
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