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The Spring is­sue is here, and with that comes the Spring Equinox, warmer tem­per­a­tures and the next sea­son of ABC's Danc­ing With the Stars! This star stud­ded show in­cludes our cover girl dancer/chore­og­ra­pher Lind­say Arnold who is paired with 2 time World Se­ries win­ner, MLB Cubs' catcher - David Ross! Of course, we talked with her in the days lead­ing up to sea­son 24 to talk about what we can ex­pect, her back­ground as a dancer and how she keeps it all bal­anced!

ATHLEISURE MAG: We have seen you on DWTS and are ex­cited to see you on the up­com­ing sea­son this month! Tell us about your jour­ney in dance and how it led to be­ing on DWTS?

LIND­SAY ARNOLD: My mom put me in dance class when I was 5 years old and I im­me­di­ately fell in love! I started com­pet­ing when I was about 8 years old and that's when my par­ents and my coaches re­al­ized that this was some­thing I should re­ally pur­sue.

Ever since I can re­mem­ber, dance has been a part of my life and it has been such a fam­ily build­ing ac­tiv­ity! I am the

old­est of 4 girls and we all dance. My par­ents who are not dancers opened a dance stu­dio for us train at, so that we could have a very fam­ily in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment. Right af­ter I grad­u­ated high school I au­di­tioned for So You Think You Can Dance and made it to the top 20. Com­pet­ing on that show and mak­ing it to the top 8 re­ally boosted my con­fi­dence as a dancer and made me re­al­ize that I could truly do any­thing I set my mind to! Not long af­ter I fin­ished SYTYCD I got a call from DWTS ask­ing to be a pro­fes­sional on their show which was an easy yes for me!! I had watched DWTS since sea­son 1 and had al­ways dreamed to be on the show so I was ex­tremely grate­ful and felt so blessed to have been given the op­por­tu­nity.

AM: Last year, we in­ter­viewed fel­low DWTS dancer, Kym John­son, about how she stays in great shape. What are your work­outs like out­side of danc­ing and what dances do you do to stay in shape? How is this dif­fer­ent when you're work­ing on DWTS?

LA: My fa­vorite work­out to do out­side of dance is pi­lates. I have been do­ing pi­lates since high school and have found that it helps so much with not just strength­en­ing mus­cles, but length­en­ing them as well, which is im­por­tant as a dancer! The best dances to stay in shape are the faster paced up­beat ones. Jive is al­ways a dance that gets me sweat­ing and my heart rate pump­ing!

AM: Who have been some of your fa­vorite part­ners that you have danced with on the show?

LA: I hon­estly do not have a fa­vorite part­ner be­cause each one of them has been a com­pletely dif­fer­ent and amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Alek Skar­latos had zero dance ex­pe­ri­ence and also had zero ex­pe­ri­ence in the celebrity world. He was some­one who was ba­si­cally thrown into the spot­light and had a lot of things hap­pen­ing around him that he was not used to! It was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me to not only teach him how to dance, but help him cope with and learn how to han­dle the dif­fer­ent so­cial and busi­ness situations that would come his way. Wanyá Mor­ris was one of my faves be­cause he was so much fun and was an ex­tremely great dancer! When I danced with him there were times when I felt like I was danc­ing with another pro­fes­sional dancer, which is ex­cit­ing as a pro be­cause it means you have done a great job at teach­ing. Calvin John­son was

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my fa­vorite be­cause it was so re­ward­ing as a teacher to watch him progress ev­ery sin­gle time and see the hard work pay off. Not only did he im­prove and be­come a great dancer, but he truly is one of the nicest, most hum­ble, and all around in­cred­i­ble peo­ple I have ever met.

AM: What is cur­rently on your playlist when you're hit­ting the stu­dio to dance?

LA: I love coun­try mu­sic and find my­self rock­ing out to Maren Mor­ris lately. She has such a sass to her and I love lis­ten­ing to her lyrics, they have such a good story to them.

AM: What athleisure wear brands do you en­joy wear­ing?

LA: Lu­l­ule­mon, Body Love Ath­let­ica and Fablet­ics

AM: What style of dance would you say is your fa­vorite?

LA: This an­swer changes daily.. hon­estly de­pends on my mood! If I am feel­ing happy and en­er­getic, then jive or cha cha. If I am feel­ing a lit­tle feisty or up­set paso doble or tango. That's the best thing about dance, it is that you truly can ex­press your feel­ings through move­ment and it's such a great re­lease!

AM: Tell us about this sea­son's DWTS' part­ner - David Ross - what's he like to work with and how is he dif­fer­ent from other part­ners that you had on the show?

LA: David and I have only been work­ing to­gether for a cou­ple weeks now, but it's crazy how quickly we es­tab­lished such an amaz­ing friend­ship. He is such a down to earth and gen­uine guy and we get along so well! He works so hard and truly wants to do well in this com­pe­ti­tion, which is all I could ask for as a teacher. It's funny and I tell him this all the time, but he re­minds me of my dad in so many ways they have very sim­i­lar per­son­al­i­ties and I love that about him,

makes me feel like I'm with fam­ily.

AM: If you could choose your next DWTS part­ner, who would you like to be paired with?

LA: I have al­ways wanted Chan­ning Ta­tum to be on the show. Step Up was one of my fa­vorite dance movies grow­ing up and he has some se­ri­ous moves in that movie! Not to men­tion that he is ex­tremely at­trac­tive, that al­ways helps ;)

AM: What's an av­er­age week like when you're on DWTS as there is so much go­ing on with chore­og­ra­phy, danc­ing, plan­ning cos­tumes and more!

LA: The weeks can get pretty crazy as there is so much go­ing on and so many things that need to get done! I'm gonna give you a lit­tle sched­ule of what a week looks like start­ing with Tues­day be­cause that's the first day of re­hearsal for the week.

Tues­day: I will get my mu­sic and dance style for the week and start to chore­o­graph the rou­tine on my own. David and I will re­hearse 4-6 hours and I will teach him most of the chore­og­ra­phy (typ­i­cally 75 per­cent of rou­tine).

Wed­nes­day: I will con­tinue to fin­ish chore­ograph­ing dance on my time and also talk to our wardrobe depart­ment and pro­duc­tion de­signer to dis­cuss cos­tum­ing and also stag­ing (props, light­ing, stage ori­en­ta­tion, etc). David and I will re­hearse 4-6 hours and I will try to fin­ish teach­ing him the rest of the chore­og­ra­phy.

Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day: David will do re­hearsal 4-6 hours on each of th­ese days work­ing on fin­ish­ing up any chore­og­ra­phy, and then per­fect­ing the dance and work­ing on de­tails.

Sun­day: David and I will go to the set at CBS stu­dios and have our cam­era block­ing. This is the time where they

will work out all of the cam­era an­gles that will be used to shoot our per­for­mance and also give David and I time on stage to prac­tice. Each cou­ple usu­ally gets 25 min­utes on stage for cam­era block­ing and then we will have a wardrobe fit­ting. We will re­hearse 3-4 hours af­ter cam­era block­ing then go to bed to get ready for show day!

Mon­day: SHOW DAY. Call time is 7 am and i go straight to hair and makeup for about 3 hours then I have a short 15 minute prac­tice on stage with David then we have a full dress re­hearsal 1:30-3:30 and live show 5-7.

AM: What are your power foods when you need a lot of en­ergy?

LA: I try to al­ways have healthy snacks with me dur­ing re­hearsal be­cause I def­i­nitely need to be eat­ing through­out or else I lose en­ergy. I love ba­nanas, al­monds, avo­ca­dos, and if I have time to pre­pare be­fore I leave for work, grilled chicken is al­ways some­thing that will give me some en­ergy.

AM: What's next for you or where should we keep our eyes out for you?

LA: I am en­joy­ing my time on DWTS right now but I am ex­tremely ex­cited to see what the fu­ture holds for me. I have danced my en­tire life and ab­so­lutely love it, but am def­i­nitely in­ter­ested in ven­tur­ing out to other ar­eas of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Model­ing, act­ing, singing are all ar­eas I am in­ter­ested in and hope­fully you will see me in­volved in those things very soon.

AM: What are you ex­cited about for this sea­son of DWTS?

LA: I am so ex­cited to see the im­prove­ment in my part­ner David. He def­i­nitely came in to this com­pe­ti­tion with no dance ex­pe­ri­ence it It's only been a cou­ple of weeks and I have al­ready seen him im­prove so much. My fa­vorite part about this job is watch­ing some- one step out of their com­fort zone and suc­ceed in some­thing they never thought they could do! I don't care if they are the best dancer in the world I just want to see them gain­ing con­fi­dence in them­selves and try­ing some­thing new.

I have al­ways wanted Chan­ing Ta­tum to be on the show. Step Up was one of my fa­vorite movies grow­ing up and he has some se­ri­ous moves in that movie. Not to men­tion that he is ex­tremely, that al­ways hellps ;)

AM: When you're in the midst of the mad­ness of DWTS, how do you take some down­time to check in with your­self and af­ter the sea­son has ended, what do you do for me time?

LA: The big­gest sup­port in my life that helps me stay grounded and stay true to who I am is my hus­band Sam. He is the best rem­edy for a stress­ful day and al­ways knows how to help me re­lax. Fam­ily time is truly the best thing in my life and is some­thing that I am so grate­ful for. Af­ter the sea­son has ended I love to go back to my home­town, Provo Utah, and get up into the moun­tains some­where where it's quiet and peace­ful and spend time with my hus­band. We love camp­ing, hik­ing, fish­ing, any­thing out­doors.

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