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Lindsay Arnold can be seen quite literally dancing with stars every Monday night on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. For the gorgeous Utah native that began dancing at age four, this is a dream come true. At eight years old, she found a partner and began dancing ballroom. Opportunity came knocking when So You Think You Can Dance was holding auditions in the nearby major city, Salt Lake and her mother encouraged her to compete. She was thrilled to have not only made it to the audition, but also to the live show! Lindsay made top 8 and while she was on tour, she got a call from the producers of Dancing With The Stars landing a spot on the show. The rest is history; Lindsay is now a recurring dancer on the show and participates on Dancing With The Stars Tour when the show isn’t filming.
This season, her tenth, Lindsay finds herself paired up with the amazing Jordan Fisher. She is blessed in that she gets to do what she loves - dance, every single day. So what is a day in the life of a professional dancer? It’s scheduled, jam-packed, and some might say crazy.
Having asked Lindsay to describe her favorite day during the season of Dancing With The Stars, Lindsay replied quickly, "That's easy-show day!" Show days-a Monday-start super early and just keep going.
7:30 AM: Lindsay arrives at the studios early spending the first hour and a half in the makeuptrailer and then quickly moves next to the hair trailer.
10:00 AM: At this point, Lindsay is stage-ready even though she doesn't perform until 5! During this time, she and Jordan head to the stage to block out their dance. The two of them dance with lighting, music and cameras so they get feel for the stage. It's time to put all the countless rehearsal hours to the test.
12:00 PM: Noshing...A quick but no doubt nutritious lunch is enjoyed.
1:30-3:30 PM: Now, it’s back to the stage for a crucial two-hour dress rehearsal. This rehearsal is full on; all the costumes, music, and lighting is just how it will be later on that night when the show is live. They even add in time for the commercial breaks and packages so the set designers can get the props on and off the stage seamlessly. It is also the first time the dancers will perform their dances in full costume.
3:45 PM: As one can imagine, they might need to revisit their glam team post dress rehearsal, so they go in for some touch ups and wait for the live show to start.
5:00-7:00 PM: It's showtime!
The show begins and of course, Lindsay and Jordan leave it all on the dance floor. Once it’s over, they head to a press line for an hour. Jordan and Lindsay, who have had a connection from the beginning, head out to grub to end their night. They are the same age and thus have a lot in common. The two love spending time together and often hang out with each other’s families. She is very fond of his girlfriend and Jordan is friends with Lindsay’s husband, Sam. After dinner, it’s off to bed to start another long day of dance rehearsals for next week's show in the morning. It starts all over again.
So what is a perfect day for Lindsay Arnold? Naturally it involves dancing. It would start with a delicious breakfast made by her husband, Same. Then Lindsay would head to the gym with friends. Going with friends helps keep the talented dancer motivated. After a trip to the nail salon, Lindsay would then head to a show or event to dance. To cap it off, Lindsay would then head home to have dinner and cuddle on the couch with her husband Sam, and their labradoodle, Moose, who turned four this last Halloween. What are they watching in Lindsay’s perfect day? She loves binge-watching shows and is currently binging the second season of Stranger Things.
When Lindsay is done dominating the 25th season of Dancing With The Stars, she’ll begin on a Dancing With The Stars Tour. This next one specifically, will be extended-11 weeks long rather than the usual 8. She loves going on tour because it’s the only time she gets to see and engage with fans. Once that’s over, the star will begin another season of Dancing With The Stars and continue doing what she loves.