Lindsay Arnold Reaches For Her Dreams… And Grabs Them!
Lindsay Arnold, the exuberant dancer on “Dancing With the Stars” and America’s sweetheart recently returned to the hit show for Season 25 alongside Broadway actor, Jordan Fisher. Born and raised in Provo, Utah, Lindsay was introduced to the art of dance at the age of four. At eight years old, she began training at The Vibe Studio under Rick Robinson and Shirley Ballas. Throughout Lindsay’s dance career, she has received numerous awards for her precise dance form and charismatic energy. Lindsay took home the Gold at the United States Open Youth Latin Championships and the United States Open Junior Latin Championships. She also scored in the top three spot in the World Junior Latin Team Match. When Lindsay is not impressing the audience with her bold dance technique, she is basking in her newlywed life with her high school sweetheart, Samuel Cusick. InLove Magazine caught up with Lindsay Arnold to talk about her dance career and what’s next.
InLOVE: Take me back to when you were 18, and you first decided to audition for the biggest dancing show on national television. How did you decide to take that big risk, and did you ever expect or plan to be where you are today?
Lindsay Arnold: My mom convinced me to audition to “So You Think You Can Dance” I didn’t want to do it at first because I thought there was no way I would make it. I am so, so grateful for my mom pushing me to do it because that is truly what started my career.
You initially had plans to be a physical therapist and received a full scholarship to do so. How did you decide to shift careers and why?
When the SYTYCD audition went well, I decided to postpone my scholarship and pursue the show. After making it on the live show and then going straight on the tour, I decided that it was my time to pursue my dreams, and that school is always something that I can always go back to.
You left SYTYCD and joined the cast of “Dancing With The Stars” as the second youngest dancer in the show’s history. During your first performance on your first season with DWTS, what was going through your head?
So many things!!! I was beyond grateful. I had watched DWTS since season 1 and always dreamed of being on the show, so when that actually came to pass I truly could not have felt more blessed.
Now, eight seasons later, you’re a bit older and wiser. Do you feel as though your mental headspace and your actual performances have changed between your first season on the show and now?
Without a doubt. I have learned so much about myself since that first season … as a person, dancer, teacher, and woman. The lessons I have learned over the years will stay with me even beyond my dancing career, and I’m so grateful for that.
The audience is buzzing about your electrifying chemistry with Jordan Fisher on the dance floor. How is it to share that kind of chemistry with someone you’ve recently met?
In my opinion, the relationship you have with your DWTS partner is the most important thing. I am so lucky that Jordan and I immediately became such great friends. It has been so helpful throughout this process.
All of your sisters are dancers and they’re following in your footsteps. Your sister Jensen, for example, recently auditioned for SYTYCD. Is it something in the Arnold blood or did your parents encourage you to pursue dancing? And why dancing of all activities?
It’s funny because no one in my mom or dad’s family were dancers up until me, so it wasn’t necessarily something that was planned, for all of us to be dancers. My parents are the most supportive and encouraging parents ever. They knew how much love we all had for dance and they did everything they could to support our dreams, which was extremely tough at times. They have been there for me through every opportunity I have had, and I know that I wouldn’t be here without them.
What is your biggest fear while you are performing and has it happened to you?
I wouldn’t say that I have one biggest fear. I just always want the dance to go well. Most of the time, I am more nervous or worried for my partner. I just want them to have a good experience and for everything to go well for them.
A couple of years ago, you married your high school sweetheart, Samuel Cusick. How do you juggle the demands of being on tour with DWTS while experiencing the honeymoon phase?
Sam is hands down the most supportive husband and so understanding about the craziness that is my career. He is always there to support me and understands when I have to be away for work. He actually was able to go on the last DWTS tour with me and is coming again this winter tour. DWTS tour hired him to work for the VIP meet and greets for every show so he is on the road with me for the whole tour, working and traveling the country with me. It has been the most incredible experience, getting to travel and work with my best friend.
A lot of your life is in the public eye. Did you have any reservations about sharing your intimate moments with your fans?
I try to live in the moment as much as I can and not always be wrapped up in social media but I also love to share parts of my life with my incredible fans. I also think it’s very important to be very real with my fans and not just post content of the good times, but also share the tough times. I appreciate the support I have received from all of the fans.
At such a young age you’ve accomplished a great deal, from auditioning and joining SYTYCD to earning a spot on the DWTS cast to getting married. Where do you envision yourself going from here?
I have always loved the idea of pursuing acting, singing, and modeling, and will definitely be working on those things in the near future.
Being a dancer requires hard work and dedication on and off of the dance floor. I’m curious, how do you mentally and physically prepare for every performance?
SLEEP. Honestly, making sure I get enough rest every night so that I am ready for the next day of work is so important.
What does being InLove mean to you?
Best friends who love each other unconditionally through the good AND the bad. When you are able to completely be yourself with someone else and not ever feel like you have to act a certain way, and knowing that they will love you no matter what.
Photographer: Brandon Showers
Stylist: Natalie Saidi
Hair: J. Zilken
Makeup: Chauntall Lewis
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