Dance classes are so much fun, you won’t even realize they're a workout. Check out all the forms to figure out which is best for your body.
There’s a reason many women are turning to dance classes for health benefits. You’ll notice an immediate difference in poise
and posture, and, on average, an hour of intense dancing can burn 200-400 calories.
“Dance training changes the way you move and the way you carry yourself,” says Ofelia de la Valette, owner of Atlanta’s Dance 101. “It improves self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image, and that’s a powerful thing.”
Dance 101 is filled with students at all ages and skill levels, including women who have never set foot on a dance floor. “Everyone can benefit from dance, regardless of age, weight, or fitness level,” Ofelia says. “Dancing is like taking a mini vacation from the stress of the everyday―you have to be in the moment.”
Jazz is a great choice for new dancers. You’ll work multiple muscle groups―resulting in a total body workout.
Salsa strengthens your calves, thighs, buttocks, abs, and arms and provides a powerful cardio punch.
Forward and backward movements engage leg muscles in ballroom dancing. Learning proper form strengthens the back, shoulders, and arms. The dance form also provides an emotional boost from social interaction with a partner.
Tap is the most aerobic form of dance, focusing on lower-body conditioning. The dance form engages the mind, strengthens rhythm, and increases the speed of physical movement.
Hip-hop is a fast-paced workout that emphasizes the lower body. It’s also a good choice for optimum weight loss.
Ballet builds balance, strength, and poise through a series of simple moves. Expect to gain lean (not bulky) muscle, improve posture and flexibility, and relieve stress.