The 25 Best Dancers in Sports

Kelsey GivensAnalyst IIOctober 24, 2011

The 25 Best Dancers in Sports

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    Just because they can move on the court or field, it doesn't mean they have what it takes to break it down on the dance floor.

    Some athletes seem to have two left feet when not practicing or playing their specific sports. Others, however, seem to have found the perfect combination of balance and agility to be able to take their talents from the game to the club.

    These talents are sometimes found through popular TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, or other times through dance battles while waiting for a game to start.

    Either way, these athletes have become almost as well known for their dancing abilities as their playing abilities.

    So here is a list of 25 of the best dancers in sports.

No. 25: Clyde Drexler

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    Clyde Drexler was named by the NBA as one of the 50 best players of all time in 1996.

    And he showed he also has skills on the dance floor with his appearance on Dancing with the Stars

No. 24: Aaron Rodgers

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    Aaron Rodgers is well known for the “belt dance” he does after every successful play or score he makes on the field.

    Here is a hilarious song about the dance over a highlight video of some of Rodgers’ best celebration moves. 

No. 23: Brian Wilson

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    Brian Wilson may be an amazing pitcher, but he is also quite the comedian and apparent dancer.

    In this video, Wilson and his epic beard come in at about the 30-second mark to help this famous lip syncher perform “Dynamite.” 

No. 22: Landry Fields

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    This Knicks player, along with fellow teammate Andy Rautins, helped bring the heat in terms of dance moves to this lip-synced video of “Go NY Go.”

    His dancing abilities may even be greater than those of the Knicks' cheerleaders who come on after him. 

No. 21: Jerry Rice

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    He is not only one of the greatest football players of all time, but he is now an amazing dancer as well thanks to his stint on Dancing with the Stars

    While he may have come in second place in the second season of the show, he still showed he has all the right moves.  

No. 20: Peyton Manning

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    He has all the right moves apparently, since Snoop Dogg and John Legend paired up to sing “Do The Peyton Manning Dance,” a song that puts all of Peyton Manning’s best field moves together for a pretty fluid and hilarious dance. 

No. 19: Jose Valverde

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    Closers in baseball all seem to have their own little celebrations and moves they do on the mound at the end of every game.

    Jose Valverde is well known for his chest beating and short dance moves he makes when he finishes a game. 

No. 18: Dwight Howard

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    While the choice of music he likes to sing and dance to may be questionable, his dance moves definitely are not.

    In this video, Dwight Howard shows off his best Beyoncé impersonation. 

No. 17: Louie Vito

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    This professional snowboarder from Columbus, Ohio, was one of the contestants on season nine of the show, Dancing with the Stars.

    While he only made it to the sixth week of the competition, he was able to show that he was capable of dancing as well as snowboarding. 

No. 16: Evander Holyfield

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    He was an amazing boxer and apparently is also an amazing dancer.

    While he didn't last as long as some of his other athletic counterparts, he was the first retired athlete to compete on Dancing with the Stars. He was voted off after his second performance during the first season of the show. 

No. 15: Shaquille O'Neal

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    Shaq has shown over the years that he has many talents outside of playing basketball, including acting, rapping and dancing.

    He’s shown his moves in dance battles on the court, as well as against pop stars like Justin Bieber.

No. 14: Terrell Owens

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    Almost everyone has seen this NFL player’s dance moves at one time or another if they have been watching any game where he scores a touchdown.

    After every scores, T.O. shows off another dance move, showing he can move both on and off the field. 

No. 13: Floyd Mayweather

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    Floyd Mayweather competed on in the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars.

    He didn’t win, but from what he was able to do on the show, it is apparent Mayweather had the talent to dance as well as box. 

No. 12: Hope Solo

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    She is currently competing on this season’s Dancing with the Stars and doing a pretty great job at it so far.

    As of right now, she is still in the competition and showing her footwork on the field can translate well onto the dance floor.

No. 11: DeMarcus Cousins

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    He was a contender for best dancer of the 2010 NBA rookie class, so you know he can dance.

    Sadly, he lost the title to John Wall after they battled it out doing the "Dougie" in this video.

No. 10: Jonathan Papelbon

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    This Boston Red Sox player is well known for celebrating in the form of a dance when he does an especially excellent job of closing a game.

    Here he is performing an Irish jig for the fans after the Red Sox won the 2007 ALCS Championship. 

No. 9: Apolo Anton Ohno

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    This Olympic speedskater decided to try his hand at dancing in 2007 on Dancing with the Stars where he became the show’s fourth winner.

    His performance goes to show that sometimes athletic talents can be lent to more than one sport. 

No. 8: Steve Nash

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    Steve Nash is known not only for his basketball skills, but for his comedy as well. And it appears he may also be an incredible dancer.

    Check out this video Nash and Baron Davis put together of them parodying Step Brothers. At the 50-second mark, the two begin dancing and Nash shows how well he can really move those feet. 

No. 7: LeBron James

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    He’s known for pulling all the moves out on the basketball court, including his best dance moves.

    LeBron James has busted it out on the court for dance battles with the likes of Shaq and Joakim Noah, as well as sometimes just for fun while waiting to get back into the game. 

No. 6: Misty May-Treanor

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    This volleyball champion tried her hand at dancing during the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars

    While she excelled during the short time she was on the show, she had to withdraw after the third week of the competition due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. 

No. 5: Stacy Keibler

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    Stacy Keibler usually spends her time wrestling opponents in the ring, but for one season she took her talents to Dancing with the Stars, where she proved she had the moves like Jagger. 

    She and her dancing partner ended up finishing third on the show. 

No. 4: Charlie Davies

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    Recently, this soccer player has had to deal with a major lawsuit against a night club and the drink company Red Bull over a car crash in 2009 that prevented him from playing on the U.S national team for the 2010 World Cup.

    But maybe if he keeps dancing like this he can dance away all of the bad things going on around him. 

No. 3: Hélio Castroneves

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    This Brazilian race car driver showed his dancing talent during the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars when he went on to win the entire competition.

    His focus from driving in the Indy series really seemed to have helped him throughout this competition. 

No. 2: Shawn Johnson

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    This gymnast showed the world her dancing talents in 2009 when she became the eighth winner of Dancing with the Stars.

    While she had a great deal of success dancing, she has gone back to what she is really good at: She is training to earn another medal at the next Olympics. 

No. 1: John Wall

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    And the best athlete dancer on this list is basketball player John Wall. 

    He was a rookie during the 2010 NBA season, but that didn’t stop Wall from shooting to web and fan fame with his "Dougie" dance abilities.

    He is so good, in fact, that he was named the best dancer in the NBA 2010 rookie class.