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We have talked with 26 athletes who mention dancing.


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.
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.
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.

Hacks and Routines

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

Sleep
Stretching
Massage
Meditation
HIIT
Rest Days
Barre
Foam Rolling
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 👍

Coffee
Alcohol
Tea
Vegan
Cheat Days
Chocolate
Vegetarian
Fasting

Supplements

The most mentioned supplements amongst the dancers.

Pre-workout
BCAA
Whey Protein
Creatine
Glutamine
Plant Protein

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