Film Stars who also Double as Dancers
It’s not uncommon for actors, musicians, dancers and artists to cross-over various different art forms. To be a master at your own craft, it sometimes takes years of accumulating different skills, knowledge and practices to reach a certain level of mastery. These actors and actresses who’ve made it to the big screen also double as dancers!
Ever wonder why Spider-Man is so limber? It could very well be because of his ability to bust out some sweet Spidey moves on the dance floor! Tom Holland who is the lead actor of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, has trained in gymnastics, ballet, and has also dabbled in parkour. Having made his dancing debut in West End’s Billy Elliot: The Musical, Holland has transformed himself from triple threat to superhero.
Leaping and pacing along the docks of Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbour (an iconic scene) is Alicia Vikander, who played the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Any dancer could appreciate the level of physicality Vikander demonstrates in this film. Though she did rock climbing, weight training, boxing, and bicycling to prepare for her role, Vikander stated in an interview with the Associated Press that “nothing is gonna be harder than ballet”. Training as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and the School of American Ballet, Alicia Vikander credits her many years of dance training for shaping her into the actress she is today.
Harry Shum Jr.
It’s no secret that Harry Shum Jr. is a dancing talent, having played the role of a dancer on the hit television series, Glee and two of the Step Up films. Finding his groove to move in high school, Shum was inspired by Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson. Known for mastering various urban dance styles, what are the chances that we might see him ‘break it down’ in Crazy Rich Asians 2?
Putting the agent in “double agent”, Emily VanCamp played an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Her role as a double agent in ABC’s television series, Revenge, most definitely brought out her dancing roots. Growing up, VanCamp originally wanted to be professional dancer. Emily VanCamp studied ballet under the pre-professional training programs at École supérieure de ballet du Québec and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Transferring her grands battements into side kicks, she takes the theatre stage to the movie set!
Dance is one way of understanding the mind and body, it tests our limits with both physical and mental challenges. Don’t undermine the intensity of dance training, as it has been known…and proven to shape versatilely multi-talented artists.
Photo Credits: Dancewear Centre, Courtesy of Sony Pictures, Mariano Vivanco, Miko Lim, and Tyler Shields