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It's not surprising that many athletes, actors, and musicians are also dancers. While some actively utilize their dancing skills throughout their careers, others have used dance as a hobby, sport, or as a way to train themselves to get ready for a role or a big game. Some of these celebrities stopped dancing due to injury, while others simply lost interest. One Oscar-winning actress studied ballet at the Joffrey Ballet in New York City.

Who is the most famous person who used to dance? Natalie Portman tops our list. Natalie Portman studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop after she graduated from high school. In 2010, she trained in ballet for five-eight hours a day for six months to prepare for her role in "Black Swan." In 1991, Jennifer Lopez performed as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block. She went on to become a Fly Girl dancer on the popular sketch comedy series "In Living Color."

Academy Award winner Charlize Theron trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York when she was in her late-teens. Rapper Tupac Shakur started his career as a backup dancer for the 1990s hip hop group, Digital Underground. Actress Elisabeth Moss trained in ballet and jazz while she auditioned for acting roles.

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Used to Dance
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Natalie Portman studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop after she graduated from high school. In 2010, she trained in ballet for five-eight hours a day for six months to prepare for her role in "Black Swan."

Age: 37

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Used to Dance
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"I trained four hours a day, seven days a week, for seven months. I had one day off on my birthday and half a day off for the Emmys and the Golden Globes," said Mila Kunis of her dance training in preparation for the 2010 film "Black Swan."

Age: 35

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Used to Dance
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In 1991, Jennifer Lopez performed as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block. She went on to become a Fly Girl dancer on the popular sketch comedy series "In Living Color."

Age: 49

Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Used to Dance
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Charlize Theron trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York when she was in her late-teens.

Age: 43

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

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