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ONTD Original: Male Celebrities You Didn’t Realize Took Ballet

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Last week, Lara Spencer made fun of Prince George because ballet was on his school curriculum.

But many male celebrities started out as dancers or have a background in dance. Check out some in this post.


Christopher Walken

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Few people know this, but Christopher Walken’s first love was dance. He is a classically trained ballet dancer who started acting when his dance career didn’t pan out.




Channing Tatum

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Channing Tatum started his dance career as a stripper, then was cast as a dancer in a music video. He met his ex-wife while filming Step Up, which required extensive dance training.


Rahm Emanuel

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Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former chief of staff to Barack Obama, was a ballet dancer as a young man. He even majored in dance in college.


Aidan Turner

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Before he became famous as Poldark, Aidan was a tango dancer who had a strong foundation in ballet.


Oscar Isaac

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Oscar took many dance courses, including ballet and movement, at Juilliard, where he trained as an actor.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The Ahnold took ballet classes to perfect his posture, posing, and control of his body as he pursued his bodybuilding career.


Evander Holyfield

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Sure, he’s most famous for Mike Tyson biting his ear, but Holyfield employed a ballet coach as part of his training regimen.


Jean Claude Van Damme

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That’s right. The action star practiced ballet since age 16, saying, “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”.


Christian Bale

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As a child, Bale took strenuous ballet classes. He stopped dancing rigorously when he was cast in Steven Spielberg’s “Epire of the Sun.”

Daniel Radcliffe

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Dan took many dance classes to star in “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying” on Broadway


Chris Messina

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The star of “Sharp Objects” and “The Mindy Project” was a competitive dancer as a child, taking classes in modern and ballet: “I wanted to be Baryshnikov… I was terrible. I still love dance.”


Mads Mikkelson

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He plays tough guys onscreen—and offscreen, he was a professional dancer for nine years.


Tupac Shakur

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Tupac attended the Baltimore School of the Arts as a teenager, where ballet and other forms of dance were part of his curriculum.


Honorable mentions: Patrick Swayze, who was a classically trained dancer who even attended the prestigious Joffrey School of Ballet-- one of the best ballet schools in the world.
Jamie Bell, who is now a Marvel cast member acclaimed indie actor who starred in "Billy Elliot"
James Dean. The classic star took dance lessons as a child. As an adult, he took ballet classes from his friend Eartha Kitt.


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Tags: aidan turner, british celebrities, channing tatum, christian bale, daniel radcliffe, irish celebrities, mads mikkelsen, music / musician (rap and hip-hop), oscar isaac, royalty / royal family
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