Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono ready to date as a single man

Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM ET

Paul Zimmerman / Getty Images file /

Just before the holidays, Chaz Bono called off his engagement to fiancee Jennifer Elias, and now the onetime "Dancing With the Stars" contender is saying that he's ready to date, for the first time as a single man.

"What a great skill: to be able to take a woman dancing ... and actually know what you're doing," Bono told People magazineof hopes to take his newfound dancing skills to the dating scene.

Since his split with Elias, Bono's been working on staying fit, the magazine reports. He's been skiing, and has taken up boxing. Meanwhile, he's given lots of thought to what it will be like to date as a trans man. "People focus on what's between your legs," Bono told People. "If I never have bottom surgery [the procedure by which a penis is created], I'm fine. I feel 100 percent male as I am."

In other celebrity news: