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Dance Away The Pounds

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Jun 26, 2016
Dance Away The Pounds

If you want to inject a little fun into your workout routine, dance fitness classes might be for you. One of this summer’s hottest fitness trends, dance-inspired exercise is known to reduce stress, improve flexibility, and boost energy levels.

Boredom is one of the main reasons that people tend to discontinue exercise routines. Switching up your normal fitness regimen by trying a new class can keep you out of a rut and help you stay on track with your health goals. Moving and grooving to music is a great way to make the time fly while you are also burning tons of calories.

Here are a few cardio dance classes to try. Soon you’ll be having too much fun to even remember that you are working out!


One of the original dance fitness programs, Jazzercise has been around for over 45 years. A combination of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing, Jazzercise recently launched a rebranding campaign aimed at dispelling public perception of the company as dated.

Jazzercise instructor Aryn Ruhmke said, “We have a new look, new voice and new classes. We recharged our brand to reflect the calorie-crushing intensity of our workouts and confront the misconception that Jazzercise hasn’t evolved from the 1980’s. Our new brand expression is edgy, intense, hard-hitting and modern—just like what customers experience in class today. We’re making a bold new statement: you think you know us but you don’t. Take a class and see for yourself.”


This nonstop, high-energy class combines aerobic interval training and Latin-inspired dance set to a mix of hip-hop, salsa, merengue, mambo, and reggaeton music. Zumba has a loyal fandom with 14 million followers in 186 countries and is credited with popularizing different genres of music around the world.

Zumba CEO Alberto Perlman told Billboard, “There are many elements that turned it from a class into a philosophy. The same way that yoga gives you physical benefits but the real benefit is the emotional benefit, then there’s a community benefit…[Zumba is about] feeling free, feeling joy.  The objective is happiness and fitness is a result.”

Cardio Barre

Ballet-inspired exercise is one of the biggest fitness trends of the last few years. Barre and its many variations can help anyone, regardless of their fitness level or dance experience, enhance flexibility, improve balance, and develop long, lean muscles. Cardio Barre ramps up the pace, combining barre work and light weights with continual motion to burn calories and melt fat.

Cardio Barre instructor Shantel Reitz said, “Cardio Barre is fantastic, because it works no matter how you fit it into your fitness routine. It is the perfect stand-alone option, but also, no matter what else you love to do, it will help you improve in other areas. If your passion is running, CB will help you avoid injuries. It strengthens all the muscles in your ankles, and hips. It promotes a strong core and spine, which helps to align your hips and correct turnout. If you love lifting, it increases your flexibility and range of motion. No matter what you love, Cardio Barre will make you better!”