Should dancers run?-The Truth Exposed

So should dancers run as part of their fitness routine?

I have been asked this question a lot by my dancer students and followers overall.should dancers run

This is very interesting because I had a time when I did not know whether this running was good for me or not as a dancer.

After learning through trial and error and looking at what other top world dancers do I finally found the answer.

In this article I will be answering whether running is good for dancing and whether dancers should run for fitness.

Types of running

First and foremost to answer this question “should dancers run?” I would like to address one important fact that there are different types of running and each will determine whether it will be a good fit for dancers.

You see the type of running will determine whether dancers should run or not.

Let me highlight the general benefits of running below:

  • Gives you stamina
  • Build your leg muscles
  • Gives you stamina
  • Gives you overall health

Given all these benefits we can all see that running is a good activity to have in your fitness.

However if you do the wrong type of running as a dancer it can literally jeopardize your dancing career.


I have faced a similar problem myself in 2014 when I ran to try build my stamina but unfortunately it lead to me nearly not competing in a major competition.

This was because I neglected the fact that running can be harmful depending on the type you partake in.

You see in dancing you are generally on flexible floors which tends to be soft on the ankles and knees while in running it is exactly the opposite.

This is what leads to a lot of complications when you running.

I have since resorted to dance workouts instead and only do running on a small scale.

Having said that let’s look at the types of running and their pros and cons for dancers.

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Cross-country running (or similar)

should dancers run

So should dancers run the cross country or the outside long distance run?

Well let’s see..

This type of running is very hard core and and requires a lot of muscles in your legs to be working.

Running also requires a lot of energy to be put back into your body since most of the time it leaves you exhausted and drained.


  • Gives stamina over time
  • Calf muscle strength


  • Hard on the knees and ankles
  • Weather dependent


  • 4/10

Treadmill running

This is another type of running, except it is indoors and on a machine.

This type of running I would highly recommend for dancers because it does not use to much of a hard floor.

This will help you escape from the harsh impacts you would get by regularly running outside.


  • Gives stamina over time
  • Generally soft on the knees and ankles
  • Can do it any time of the day
  • Weather independent


  • Can be electricity dependent


  • 9/10

Beach running

should dancers run

Here is another type of running I would personally recommend if you are looking to running to get stamina and calf muscle strength and development.


  • Good on the knees and ankles
  • Develops great calf muscles
  • Gives stamina over time


  • Can be limited to time of the day
  • Can be limited by weather


  • 8/10

Best tips for running

The best advice I can give you for running as a dancer is that you should always wear the best shoes.

This will help a lot in giving you comfort and better care of your knees and ankles.

I would recommend focusing on running shoes like Nike or Adidas.

Whenever you are engage in running or dancing make sure to fuel your body with the right foods.

I have done an article on the type of foods dancers should eat. You can read it here.

Final thoughts

Answering this question: should dancers run, is a very complicated aspect because many things come into play.

It all depends on what type of running you want to do, bare in mind there are many times of running.

Some like treadmill and beach running are good while others like cross-country can be bad for your body.

Remember as dancers we are to use our bodies fully so having a cramped leg can affect your dancing career.

I hope this article was helpful in answering this question. If you have any comments or questions you can put them below.

I will be more the happy to respond to you and the community here.