WE’RE TALKING TO DARCEY BUSSELL

The former ballerina and Strictly judge, 48, talks about dancing to keep fit.

1.HOW HAS YOUR FITNESS REGIME CHANGED SINCE BEING A BALLERINA?

I realised very quickly that I couldn’t just donothing. My body had been put under a lot ofstrain from doing 25 years of quite extremeballetic exercise, so I had to keep itmoving to keep it supple and my jointsstrong. But the only thing I’ve everreally done is dance for fitness.I started off doing Zumba. I hadsuch a laugh doing that but Iwanted something slightlymore diverse, and that’swhy I devised DDMIX [DiverseDance Mix – Darcey’s dance-based fitness programme,that’s made up of 14different dance styles, atdiversedancemix.com].

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2. DO YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR FAMILY TO BE ACTIVE?

‘I think you have to encouragechildren to be healthy and activ dto get outdoors. Fortunately, we havetwo dogs, so my two daughters willget out of the house by walkingthem. However, they’re quite driventhemselves, and have their owninterests, so it’s not too difficult[to lead an active family life].

3. DO YOU TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS?

‘I take cod liver oil, and I’ve taken it eversince I snapped my ACL (anterior cruciateligament). Cod liver oil is great foreverything – it’s good for your skin, it’sgood for your joints, it’s good for yourmuscles. Everything! That’s the onlysupplement I have.

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4. DO PEOPLE FIND DANCE INTIMIDATING?

‘Sadly, I think dance does still have that stigma abouti The key is to break it down [into steps]. I thinkS ly has done wonders for dance – it has givene eryone the sense that they can learn somethingwithout having to be perfect at it. I think we can getbored with fitness activities, so we need a routinethat is diverse and changeable.

5. DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A POSITIVE BODY IMAGE?

‘In the sense of being active, definitely. I’m nottoo fussed about image, as long as you’rehealthy. I think it’s important to send a healthymessage that your body will be well andstrong if you keep active and put the rightthings into it. We teach DDMIX as part of P.E.in schools. We’ve devised it so kids canunderstand how they can push their bodies.

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