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Dancing celebrities

Lots of famous names either did ballet when they were younger - or currently do ballet to help in other areas... if you can add a name to our list, please leave a comment.


Christian Bale is a prolific actor in Hollywood and the current Batman. His films include American PsychoReign of FireThe Dark Knight and Batman Begins (full list here).

Bale has spent most of his life in the public eye, first becoming known aged just 13 for his role in Stephen Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. Since then his fame has grown and grown and he has given thousands of interviews... not many people know, however, that Bale studied ballet as a boy - his sister even says he was offered a place at the Royal Ballet School.

Rio Ferdinand is captain of the English football team and centre back for Manchester United. His football talent was obvious from a young age (he was invited to join the Queens Park Rangers Academy at 10); but he also was a gifted dancer. His father encouraged him to begin dancing and he won a scholarship to the Central School of Ballet, London when he was 11. He pursued his dancing for 4 years until football took over as his career.

In a recent interview, Ferdinand said ballet helped him develop as a footballer as he had to improve his balance and timing, saying: "It's elegant and you have to be flexible."

Jean-Claude Van Damme is one of the world's most famous action film stars. Van Damme started karate when he was 10 and made the Belgian team a few years later. He moved into the full-contact karate scene and saw great success winning 18 out of 19 fights. He retired from fighting at only 19 to move to America and focus on a career in films. He ended up starring in several major hits which featured his martial arts skills, including Bloodsport, Cyborg and Kickboxer (full list).

Van Damme took up ballet when he was 16 to help his fighting. He recently said that ballet was key to his success because it gave him grace and flexibility. "Ballet is an art, but it's also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport."

Tupac Shakur was a rapper who sold over 75 million albums - the second top-selling rap artist after Eminem.

Shakur was born in New York where he showed early promise as an actor. He later enrolled at the Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied acting, poetry, jazz and ballet. He even performed as the Mouse King in a production of the Nutcracker. Meanwhile his rapping career was taking off and he became enormously successful, despite his frequent trouble with the law. Sadly his life was cut short when he was just 25 after being hit in a drive-by shooting.

Ron Reagan is the son of former US president, Ronald Reagan. Reagan dropped out of Yale University to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a ballet dancer and joined the Joffrey Ballet. After his father left politics Ron moved out of ballet and into journalism and political commentary where he works to this day.

Will Young, the singer and first winner of the first Pop Idol, was reported in the UK press to be taking ballet classes 3 times a week. “The gym is so boring,” he explained. “Ballet keeps me toned and I really enjoy it."

Rahm Emanuel is the current White House Chief of Staff (i.e. senior aide to President Obama). He started ballet as a boy after being encouraged by his mother, taking classes at Evanston School of Ballet. He later turned down a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet to go Sarah Lawrence College, a college of higher education with a strong dance programme. He chose to move into politics rather than pursue ballet as a career.

The London Olympians are a leading British American Football Team who have won the British League several times (and with several unbeaten seasons). Their coach Stephen Marcus decided to introduce ballet as part of the team's training to improve footwork, balance and agility. He said, "When I first heard of this idea I thought it was a joke but having done some research of my own it makes perfect sense."


  1. Thnx for info!!!
    It's helping me to write my speech

  2. OMG I cant wait to share this site and info with my 11 year ols son who is in ballet too!!!

  3. I'm writing fictional picture book on a boy who does ballet for class, this helped me.

  4. Thank youuu for this information! We are currently thinking of different ideas to incourage men into ballet. This is a great start

  5. I love this...I have a 7-year-old ballet boy and he loves it. It was very inspiring to hear him tell me that he did not care that some boys in his class did not think boys should dance, he told them that he likes it and did not talk to them again about it, but when the end of the year talent show approached he brought together a bunch of those same boys and they all danced together in the talent show....