I was curious if anyone here has started a fitness routine after they started dancing, and how it affected their dance. The effects and benefits of stretching/pilates/yoga are obvious, so we can leave those out. I'm mostly interested in cardiovascular fitness (running/swimming/biking) and weightlifting. Did it help/hurt any joint pain you were experiencing while dancing? How about postural issues? How about quality of movement? Follows typically connect to their leaders chest while dancing, barring large height differences. Follows, do you feel the firmness/softness of your leaders chest affects your connection at all, everything else being equal?