Read on about these dancing stars’ humble beginnings…
Before his “Magic Mike” days, this dancing actor grew up in rural Mississippi. Eventually, Tatum moved to Miami where he was discovered by a model talent scout and later cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” music video.
We first met this dance sensation on the Lifetime reality show, “Dance Moms.” All the training paid off. Ziegler went on to star in Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” music videos and stunned the world with her dancing skills. Recently, she voiced the charater Camille in the animated film, “Leap!”
This superstar does everything from singing, acting, being business woman… But, she got her start as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block and shortly after as a “fly girl” on the show “In Living Color.” Now, she is a judge and executive producer of dance competition series, “World of Dance.”
This dancing prodigy started ballet at the age of 13 and eventually became the first African-American woman to become principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history.
Jenna Dewan Tatum
This dancing goddess turned actress began her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson. We loved her moves in the 2006 dance movie “Step Up” where she met now-husband Channing Tatum.
Julianne & Derek Hough
Before becoming dancers on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Julianne and Derek Hough were pretty much raised in a household full of dancing. All of the Hough’s grandparents were dancers. Plus, their parents met after joining a ballroom dancing team in Idaho during their undergrad years. It’s almost as if it was in their blood. Julianne began dancing competitively at nine while her brother started at 12.
We can still picture her dancing with that animated cat in the music video for her song, “Opposites Attract.” And while we know her as a singer, this former “American Idol” judge began taking dance lessons when she was very young. In fact, by 15, she had received a scholarship for dancing.
You may know him best as Carrie Bradshaw’s Russian artist boyfriend in the 6th season of “Sex and the City” where he played Aleksandr Petrovsky. But, Mikhail Baryshnikov was a dancer before he was an actor. He began studying ballet when he was only 11, and eventually went on to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and more.