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We have talked with 44 athletes who mention dancing.

Stéphanie Ortega
Stéphanie Ortega (female, 36)
How I Went from Aerialist Performer to Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
When I was young, I studied ballet until I was 18 years old. I was a dancer professionally and during one of my contracts I discovered aerial silk.
Cindy Leach
Cindy Leach (female, 46)
How Fitness Makes Me Stronger After Breast Implant Illness
My hobbies are music, dancing & reading & just spending time with my kids, hubs and our deaf pit rescue AND playing in my Jeep – My Jeep is known around town – her name is SHE HULK – her lic plate SHEEHLK – she’s hyper green & lifted w/big tires & my grill insert is a photo of me flexing but someone made me green … even my tire valve covers are Hulk fist… so I’m pretty visible where I live & I LOVE it because I’m always out in the community helping or giving back & the kids LOVE the Jeep & climbing on her.
Mariam Chubinidze
Mariam Chubinidze (female, 24)
How Fitness Holds Myself Accountable and Helps Me Feel Fulfilled
I’ve always been active since I was a dancer for most of my life, but I got really into fitness about five years ago. After my second year at university, I wasn’t feeling fulfilled anymore and it felt like something was missing.
Tik Rosquillo
Tik Rosquillo (male, 24)
This is How I Came Back Stronger After a Knee Injury
Hi! I’m Tik Rosquillo and I am a group fitness instructor from the Philippines. I have always been in love with fitness and training since I have started dancing hip-hop way back 2011. Its importance in enhancing physical capabilities and making dance better made me want to pursue a career in the fitness industry since I grew fond of the human body and movement and strengthening along the way.
Massimo Arad
Massimo Arad (male, 39)
How I Eat, Train and Recover to Get Good and Long-Lasting Results in Fitness
I have also done some go-go dancing since the end of last year. During lockdown, I also did lots of volunteer work in a local charity here, which was really insightful and helpful.
Raquel Ballesta
Raquel Ballesta (female, 44)
How I Discovered My Love For Pole Sport at Age 36
If I am tired, I do gentle exercises like dancing with slow movements that make me flow and release tension or stress and this is incredible, because it recovers a lot. I am a healthy woman and I owe it to physical exercise.
Sapphire Ng
Sapphire Ng (female)
How Physical Training and Discipline Affect My Mind, Body and Soul
In my second year, I again returned to training ballet as I contemporaneously continued to train breakdance. This time I further specialized my ballet training into classical and contemporary ballet. It was also around then that I picked up dancing ballet en pointe.
CaliMarco PT
CaliMarco PT (male, 45)
My Body is My Gym. This is How I Eat, Teach, and Train Everywhere
I have started as a dancer at the age of 15 years old; if I will be ever born again, I will start doing gymnastics sooner.
Shivani Mistry
Shivani Mistry (female, 26)
How I Left Biotechnology Behind to Follow My Dance Passion
I’ve cleared all my Ballet Grade from the Royal Academy of Dance, London up to and including Advanced Foundation. I’ve also cleared all my Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London Modern Theatre grades up to and including Advanced 1.
Lauren Kudsi
Lauren Kudsi (female, 30)
How Fitness Taught Me the Discipline to Achieve a Fit Physique
Dancing would have to be my favorite workout because I get lost in the music and forget it’s even exercise. After a fun sweat session, I like to have a post workout protein shake or a well balanced meal.
Bijou Matumona
Bijou Matumona (male, 33)
This is How I Do My Full-Body Workout to Stay Fit and Strong
Hi my name is Bijou Matumona, I’m from Germany and a former Backup Dancer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Science. I do some acting and modeling besides working for a marketing company.
Paul Takunda Bako
Paul Takunda Bako (male, 28)
How My Mind Helps Me Train and Become a Master of Fitness
I train 3-4 times a week for an average of about an hour and a half. On non-training days I practice active rest activities like yoga, cycling, swimming, jogging or dancing.
Kristina Angeli
Kristina Angeli (female, 26)
How I Combine Powerlifting and Bodybuilding with a Busy Career
But my fitness achievements are only one aspect of my personality, I’m truly a melting pot of personas; powerlifter, bodybuilder, buddhist, management consultant, model, disney fan, dancer, psychology undergrad, and German-Italian-Irish-Australian!
Gabi Faye
Gabi Faye (female, 29)
How Pole Dancing, Aerial and Acrobatics Help My Acting Career
I am a pole dancer, aerialist and acrobat. I love being upside-down and in the air. Growing up I took gymnastics and dance, it wasn’t until adulthood when I found cirque style dance, that I really came into my own.
Jessica Bauccio
Jessica Bauccio (female, 22)
I Started My Modeling Career at Age 15. This is How Fitness Helps Me to Stay Strong and Fit
I practiced ballet, roller skating, swimming, Hip Hop and I tried football, karate, basketball and volleyball… since I started to go to the gym when I was 16 thanks to my first boyfriend.
Wayne Bester
Wayne Bester (male, 32)
How I Work as a Dancer and Run the Biggest Dance Convention in South Africa
I love exercising and training people. I’m a qualified personal trainer and did personal training a few years ago but the dancing took over.
Eleni Quartana
Eleni Quartana (female, 26)
How I Overcome a Serious Injury and Got Back to Dancing
Besides being an artist, I am a contortion, aerial and dance teacher. I started dancing when I was six years old because my mother was a ballet dancer.
Zeina Kabbara
Zeina Kabbara (female, 36)
I'm a Pilates and Barre Instructor. This is How I Strengthen My Muscles and Align My Body
I have a background in dance and found Pilates after an injury in my left leg. After physiotherapy, I discovered that Pilates and Barre classes efficiently strengthen the muscles in a targeted manner and helped me resume my dancing training. Having been trained in Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop, I realized that Pilates is an extension of dance, a training that not only strengthens but also aligns the body.
Christina Dy
Christina Dy (female, 44)
I'm a Pole Dancer. This Is How I Kept Training after Losing the Use of My Hands
I saw all the amazing possibilities of pole dancing so I put up Polecats Manila in 2009, 2 years after my first class.
Fanny Müller
Fanny Müller (female, 31)
How I Keep Training While Traveling the World Full Time
Normally, I practice aerial acrobatics and pole dancing with a trainer in a special and high studio, but I also have a pole, silks and a hoop at home. So I can practice safe and small poses and movements at home too.
Okurut George
Okurut George (male, 26)
I'm a Yoga Instructor. This is How I Introduce Yoga in the Slums of Uganda
I don’t have a job but I am a freelance yoga and acro yoga instructor, a photographer, and a dancer. I stopped my studies in 2014 because I couldn’t manage to continue because of financial issues.
Yasmine Rawls
Yasmine Rawls (female, 25)
How I Stay Motivated as a Pro Natural Bikini Competitor
I have a beginning dance background in Ballet & Step and I served as a Dynasty Dancer in my high school’s marching band!
Peter Corbett
Peter Corbett (male, 27)
How I Got into Pole Dancing Without Having Any Fitness Experience
I only started pole dancing about a year and a half ago after buying a groupon for what I thought would be a fun one time experience.
Taylor Bradley
Taylor Bradley (male, 27)
How I Got Into Dancing and Became a Professional Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil
By 18 I was dancing in various film & televisions projects including the remake of Footloose, Vampire Diaries, and ABC Family’s Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song.
Esther Chen
Esther Chen (female, 34)
How I Became a Full-time Competitive Pole Dancer
I have been pole dancing for 13 years and have a professional degree in contemporary dance and another in music. I have several fitness and pedagogy certifications and love to perform on stage.
Gabriela Cantos Realpe
Gabriela Cantos Realpe (female, 35)
I'm a Dance Coordinator, Coach and Model. This is How I Inspire People to Live a Healthier Life
My passion always has been dancing and later on I have been learning a lot of things like: PT, healthy lifestyle, working with kids, meditation, coordinating/organizing events, administration work, PA, PR, aerialist, etc.
Kayla Ross-Jackson
Kayla Ross-Jackson (female, 28)
I'm a Dance Choreographer, Fitness Instructor and Model. This is How I Make My Workouts Fun
In terms of dance, I started at the mere age of three years old and have been training professionally for 25 years. Alongside dancing, I trained in fitness as well, and began taking it more seriously at the age of 18 years old. I have now been teaching for the past 10 years and counting.
Manon Hallay
Manon Hallay (female, 25)
How Barre Training Changed My Life and the Way I Train
I started training at a very young age to become a professional ballet dancer. I left my parents at 13 to go train pre-professionally in a school next to Bordeaux. Two years later, I moved to Antwerpen in Belgium to join the Royal Ballet School where I kept training for my dream.
Joanna Zwierzynska
Joanna Zwierzynska (female, 34)
I'm a Brazilian Zouk Dancer. This is How Fitness Made Me Stronger After a Hip Surgery
Do you like music and have you always wanted to learn dance? Do it! I really recommend social dances like Salsa or Brazilian Zouk that I teach because the joy of dancing with other people is one of the best things in life.
Tertia Dippenaar
Tertia Dippenaar (female, 30)
This is How I Prevent Injuries While Performing Eight Shows a Week
I started weight training 11 years ago as cross training while doing my professional dance training but I’ve been dancing since the age of three, started gymnastics at 11 and did athletics all through high school so I’ve always lived a very active lifestyle.
Katherine Petronaci
Katherine Petronaci (female, 35)
I'm an International Pole Athlete. This is How I Went from Pole Teaching to Winning Competitions
My name is Katherine Petronaci, I’m 35 and currently live in Philadelphia, PA. I grew up outside of Manhattan in a town called Montclair, NJ. I started dancing there at the age of two and have never stopped. Dance is a fire you can never extinguish.
Aimee Corry
Aimee Corry (female, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Combine Fitness and Acting
I have always been active, I love to move. I started dancing around the age of eight and playing tennis but I started weight training and really getting to know my way around the gym at around the age of 20.
Haniyyah Tahirah
Haniyyah Tahirah (female, 30)
How I Became a Professional Dancer at an International Dance Theatre Company
I’m a dancer, choreographer, model and Cre8ive Fitness instructor. I started dancing at age 5 however I began to train seriously between the ages of 8 and 15.
Lorenza Veronica
Lorenza Veronica (female, 31)
How Fitness Helps Me Manage My Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
So I usually workout for an intense hour of ballet class followed by at least 30 minutes on the mat working different muscles every day. Alternatively, I jump on my rebounder for one hour of good old fashioned cardio. That is my first session of the day, usually in the morning; then I always walk for several km (average per day is 10 km), or I do power yoga in the afternoon, depending on how tired I am.
Andi Bañez
Andi Bañez (female, 30)
How I Moved from Dancing to Yoga and Became a Full-Time Yoga Teacher
I was a dancer since I was a kid and started with ballet, jazz, then eventually hiphop and did some cheerleading as well.
Marina Vishniakova
Marina Vishniakova (female, 33)
I'm a Pole and Aerial Arts Instructor. This is How I Eat, Train and Condition My Body
Hi! My name’s Marina and I’m 33. I live in Italy with my husband and our son but I come from Russia. I work as a pole dance and aerial arts instructor, so I teach pole dancing, aerial hoop and aerial hammock group and private classes in Milan Pole Dance Studio. I also teach workshops in Italy and Europe.
Marie Luo
Marie Luo (female, 24)
I'm a Yoga and AcroYoga Teacher. This is How I Eat, Train and Practice
My idea of yoga was based on a 30-minute yoga-workout DVD. I tried it a couple of times, and left it aside, concluding that yoga was easy. Because, as a dancer, it was easy to do the postures.
Bianca Solo
Bianca Solo (female, 25)
How Fitness Helped to Overcome My Postpartum Depression
Throughout my early schooling years, I participated in competitive dance, which includes ballet, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical, which I absolutely loved since I have always gravitated towards dance mostly because salsa, bachata, and merengue were always played in my home due to my Latin roots. In case you’re wondering, my mother is from Nicaragua and my father is from Mexico.
Nancy Di Nino
Nancy Di Nino (female, 47)
How I Train and Inspire Women to Reach their Health and Fitness Goals
After gymnastics, I was active in many sports. My next goal was competitive dancing in my teen years and 20s. I was a competitive salsa dancer.
Hanah Fjelddahl
Hanah Fjelddahl (female, 23)
How I Became a Pro Ballet Dancer and Now Teach Ballet as a Form of Fitness
My biggest accomplishment in the field was winning the gold medal at the Asian Grand Prix ‘14 – an international ballet competition held in Hong Kong. I took this a step further by dancing professionally at the London Ballet Company.
Danielle Natoni
Danielle Natoni (female, 41)
How I Became a Full-time Fitness Professional and Got Featured in Fitness Infomercials
I have always loved movement and fitness. I grew up as a dancer, and then after having my first daughter at the age of 22, I decided to move from dance to fitness to help me stay in shape.
Eve Dawes
Eve Dawes (female)
I'm a WBFF Pro Diva. This is How I Combine Bodybuilding with Running My Own Business
I started lifting weights and going to the gym at 16 but had been dancing since the age of three so fitness and nutrition have been a part of my life always. As well as ballet, I also did musical theatre and performed in casinos in Europe and on cruise ships.
Chad Havunen
Chad Havunen (male, 40)
How I'm Gonna Comeback to Pro Bodybuilding, Mr. Olympia and Battle of the Godz after a 5 Years Hiatus
During my 5 year hiatus, I took my competition approach to the business world. I opened 2 businesses, lifted in a couple of powerlifting meets, and did Dancing with the Stars.
SuzAnne Llano
SuzAnne Llano (female, 49)
How I Started Competitive Bodybuilding at 40 and Fell in Love with the Discipline and Commitment
I’ve been an athlete my entire life starting with ballet and all genres of dance. I have played division one tennis in a ladies league for over ten years. I love to snow ski, bike, hike, run, play tennis and paddleboard.

Hacks and Routines

The most mentioned hacks and routines amongst the dancers we have talked with.

Rest Days
Foam Rolling
Fasted Cardio
Leg Day

Diets and Diet Hacks

The most mentioned diets and diet hacks. Some are negative. For example alcohol mentions for most athletes mean mentioning no/very little alcohol 👍

Cheat Days


The most mentioned supplements amongst the dancers.

Whey Protein
Plant Protein

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