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AJ Blankenship



Guys, I don't think I've ever been this tan! I may or may not still be slightly stained pink from the @barrysbootcamp Pride float, but whatever, I'll take it! #gingerprobs #summerglow #fakeittillyoumakeit #tan #kinda In perfect Barry's style, we turned that Pride parade OUT! @barrysbootcamp celebrates diversity and embraces EVERYONE and we create and spread joy bc that's what life is all about right?! Being happy and sharing those smiles with the people around you! Everybody is somebody. Thanks @i.am.the.travis @mattymaggiacomo for putting all this together and @aa.all.the.way for your bombass beats!! It was a day I'll never forget. #unitedwesprint #nycpride #fitlife #barrysbootcamp 🌈πŸ’ͺπŸ½β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ When I was home in Ohio last week I found some scrapbooks and this gem πŸ’Žeyebrows been on fleek from the jump #tbt #ginger #denimdelight #kindergarten To the man who taught me confidence, assertion, logic, focus, commitment, and decisiveness, happy Father's Day. I love you Dad. Thank you for helping me find the ease in being myself and keeping my shit together. #happyfathersday #padre #family *tongue pop* #roygbiv β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ #pride #rainbow #fantasy #mymfclique @daveyb_baby @justin.g.henry @jeffdingy @nwise05 @lisa_geeeeee 🌈 #gay #gaypride #gayboy Ohio State Cheerleading's legendary alumni @daveyb_baby and @nwise05!!!! My ladies!!!! Serving you girls' Fight Song tradition DOWN! #thatchoreo β˜ οΈβ€οΈπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ#wearecheerleaders #ohiostate #besties #poolside #pride 🌈 John Glenn High School Dance Team will NOT be throwing away their shot this year! I'm sooo impressed by the giant amount of talent on this tiny team. Thank you JGHS for being so amazing!! @lindsaya7 #choreographer #danceteam #pom #hiphop  @oassaspirit #hamilton Reasons to smile: 1. I feel the most in-control than I have ever felt before, while also being the wildest AJ I've ever been. 2. I feel deeply connected to more people than ever before. 3. I'm alive. #reflection #grateful #smile #happiness #beauty So much fun with John Glenn High School today!!!!!! @lindsaya7 can't believe it's our SIXTH year together! Whaaat?! Thanks for being amazing! #cheercamp #choreographer @oassaspirit thanks @justin.g.henry my partner in crime today! We tore that little gym UP! It now reeks of sweaty boy. #notsorry #pridemonth #myboys #fitlife #gainz #shredded First class in the BOOKS!!! Surrounded by my sweaty sexy friends, I couldn't have asked for a more amazing way to kick-start my new journey at @barrysbootcamp πŸ’ͺ🏽 #fitfam #dreamjob #grateful #goals #smiles #barrys #unitedwesprint #barrysbootcamp #fitness #fitlife #nycfitness πŸ—½NYC, you are the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground and the wings that keep my heart in the clouds. ⛅️It's taken me a couple years, but I've finally fallen madly in love with you. #home #nyc #livingmydream by #chasingdreams #nevergiveup #now #happy πŸ“· @tomdilandro Feeling powerful af after abs class with @mikemethod not just bc he ripped my abs to pieces, but also bc we did that shit TOGETHER. #unitedwesprint is about community, support, friends, LOVE! And I'm loving my new @barrysbootcamp family β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ #fitfam #pride #barrysbootcamp #croptop I swear officer, it wasn't me!! (Yes it was 😏shh) You may have had a hunch... but now it's official! I'm a BARRYS BOOTCAMP INSTRUCTOR!!!!! If you know me at all you know that AJ+Barry's=match made in fitness heaven! πŸ’ͺπŸ½πŸ˜‡I'm teaching my first class THIS SATURDAY at 3:15pm in Chelsea! @barrysbootcamp #unitedwesprint #goals #dreamjob #nycfit #barrys Literally having THE BEST time with these goofy giggly goobers!!!! #grateful #family πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ ❀️😜#theblankenships Aaaaaaand just like that, cheer camp #2 βœ… (ok off the shoulder hair flip I see you Ms Pantene!) #cheer #choreographer #cheercamp THANK you Northwest High School for being so FIERCE! *pops the fan* First cheer camp of the season with Northwest Middle School Mohawks! Amazing little girls with so much drive and talent! Thanks @sarahg_02 for an awesome camp!! Ugh cheerleading is the BEEEST! (Also, this move) #choreographer #bedynamic #cheer @oassaspirit Just me and my girlfriend enjoying the Ohio sunset #homesweethome #refreshed #ohio #dogs #sunset #peace πŸ‘†πŸ½ the face you make when you wash off the day's hustle. Exhausting AF, but damn does it feel good to know you can create and attack your own opportunities. #noexcuses #getatit #cantstopwontstop #incontrol #whatareyouwaitingfor #onelife #hustle

AJ grew up in Columbus, OH where he mastered advanced levels of acrobats when training as a competitive gymnast throughout his youth. He later attended The Ohio State University where he thrived in diversifying his physical arsenal. He split his time training technique in the Dance program and leading the Varsity Cheerleading Squad, an acrobatic intensive program. 

Prior to graduation, AJ extended his resume by taking off on tour with Bring It On: the Musical, as a Swing. His work on tour kept him onboard to be a part of the Original Broadway Cast of the Tony nominated show and was given the nickname “Super-Swing” by his cast. While on Broadway, he also worked with choreographer Peter Darling as the Assistant Acrobatics Coach for Matilda the Musical. 

AJ’s dedication to his degree took him back to Ohio State upon Bring It On’s end on Broadway, where he received his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, magna cum laude.

Since graduation, AJ has been back in NYC dancing and tumbling his heart out. Credits include Saturday Night Live, Grease Live FOX Upfront, DigiFest backup dancing for Frankie Grande, and as a Swing in the new Rockette show, New York Spring Spectacular.  

AJ’s hobbies include making silly noises, funny faces, and challenging people to thumb wars. Think you can beat him? Bring it. He would like to thank his family for all their love and support as he continues to chase his dreams.