I don't see anything negative about dance. It is so good for you, mentally and physically, and so for me to promote it is the easiest thing to do.

Dancing has always been a passion for me, one that I will probably never be rid of.

One thing I've learned from 'Strictly' is timing and the craft of the talk.

Everything is not beautiful at the ballet. It's tough.

Being on stage taught me how to apply eyeliner.

As a little girl, I didn't dream of being a ballet dancer; I dreamt of being a movie star like Ginger Rogers and dancing with Fred Astaire. I used to watch the Sunday double-bills on TV and Iong to be part of what seemed a perfect Disneyland world. Astaire was a genius.

I've come to realise that being on 'Strictly' is like being in another theatre company and performing a live production.

I do feel blessed to have small ears - I've never felt self-conscious when my hair is swept back. My feet are a different story - I grew up being painfully aware of them because they are so long.

Diets don't come into it. You need variety and to have a good source of greens, protein, and nutrition. It is about health rather than looking right.

My main vice is Herta frankfurters - it's amazing that they stay fresh for ages. They're not very healthy, but they are my treat.

You tend to regret the things you haven't done.

I had once been told my ability to read would only reach that of a ten-year-old, but I was determined to achieve more.

I love chocolate, but it's bad.

Dance is a great way to express yourself.

Fonteyn was our first proper British ballerina, and from the moment I started dancing, her image engulfed me. In my first year at the Royal Ballet School, Margot's statue was outside my dormitory. Like generations of budding ballet dancers before me, I used to touch her middle finger for luck.

I did ballet from the age of five, but what I loved was my gymnastics. I kept the ballet going because of the gymnastics, then found I was going to be too tall.

It is entertainment; we mustn't forget that. Dance is entertainment. You can have the best technicians in the world, but they'll be boring to watch. It has to be about entertainment as well, but it's quality, grace.

This perception that we can be stars without any work and just appear is rubbish.

The Royal Academy of Dance is an institution that trains to a very high standard.

When I started on 'Strictly,' I was terrified. Live television seemed like the most daunting thing in the world.

I absolutely loved learning how to do stage make-up at 16: it was so interesting to learn all about what you can do with make-up, such as contouring or shadowing eyes. We had a lot of fun.

I do a Zumba class at least twice a week, which entertains me and keeps me fit, and I have two dogs that I walk regularly.

You don't just become a success overnight.

I need help to ensure I grow old gracefully! So now I always apply moisturiser and foundation with an SPF, to protect my skin from the sun.

If I had a caterer that lived at home, it would be fabulous!

Since finishing my professional dancing career, I've been conscious of not letting myself go.

I love Australia; it's such an outdoor life.

When I coach dancers, I always like to get on the dance floor with them or describe something by showing them.

I would love more children, but no. I'm very lucky to have had my two.

The best thing is to lie in a warm Epsom salts bath for 15 minutes and then go straight to bed. You will sleep really well afterwards.

I always knew I was a bit different from my friends, had too much energy, and suddenly I could get it all out with ballet.

I hate when I get stiff, and I really notice that.

I am damn good with money.

Confidence comes from other places, not just how you look.

We always want what we don't have, and I'd like a long, sophisticated nose rather than a short, turned-up one.

I was pretty rubbish when I first started dancing. I didn't understand the discipline of working on one step over and over again. If you look at it from the outside, you'd think, 'Why would anybody want to do that?' But you just want to get it perfect. It is that constant inner striving that you fall in love with.

I need to have dark chocolate in the cupboard - Green & Black's is good, but any will do.

I've always been quite famous for my nose.

Keeping off wheat helps my energy levels.

As long as everything is happy at home, I can be totally selfish at work.

I can't imagine leaving the theatre altogether. My dressing room has become a home from home.

I don't get much sleep, so I have really bad bags under my eyes.

I danced so intensely, I learned the hard way that sometimes you can push your body too far.

I've always been quite conscious of it, though I don't know why. I would never overspend, and I have to know exactly what I've got so that I avoid going into overdraft. I watch my pennies, and I'm quite thrifty.

When I was a teenager, I used to watch the 'Making Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'' video and try to follow the steps and do the 'Thriller' moves in my bedroom. That was the most incredible dance sequence.

I hate exercise when it's a regime, but I love a bit of dance, just moving the whole body.

Being a full-time mother is one of the biggest jobs in the world; it's like another career for me. I love every moment of it - even the challenge of making cupcakes.

Ballet is a healthy world despite what people might think. There's a perception that ballet dancers are skinny and unhealthy, but that's rubbish. You have to be strong, so eating regularly and healthily is essential.

Now I'm on television, I'm far more conscious of my skin than I used to be - I would often leave the theatre with layers of pancake make-up still on my face, but on a medium such as TV, I have to be more fastidious.