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Dancing With the Gym: Group Dance Classes

Dancing has really made its footprint in mainstream media. From Dancing With the Stars to J'Lo's Dancelife, we can't get enough of watching people dance on TV.

Gyms around the country are catching on to this theory and are offering dancing group classes to cater to our love of dancing.

  • Crunch alone has 40 or more dance related classes. Including Ballroom Blitz. Sashay the floor like Cheryl Burke and Drew Lachey in this heart-pumping, cardio class that combines classic ballroom formulas like swing, mergengue and foxtrot. No worries if you can't get a hot c-lister to be your partner, partners are not required.
  • Equinox is no stranger to dance classes either. They have classes like Rap-A-Tap, where you'll tap dance to Pop and Hip-Hop music. It's easy to follow, which means everyone can do it. Tap shoes (and top hat) optional. Or you can go more mainstream with Video Dance Jam, a class where you'll learn dance routines to the latest music videos.
  • For all you traditionalists out there Bally's Total Fitness offers Balletone/Ballet Sculpt, which is conditioning that incorporates exercises from traditional ballet choreography.
  • The Sports Club LA has a World Dance class that should awaken the mover, shaker or dancer within you. Soul dancing combines movement and music of varying cultures designed to blast away calories and you may even walk away feeling a little more cultured.

Not a member of any of the above clubs? See what classes are offered at your gym as I am positive they have some sort of dancing class too. Or you can check out the Dancing With the Stars Cardio Dance DVD at home.


Join The Conversation
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
These dance shows bore me. I just can't seem to get into them.
manishal manishal 8 years
Dance is an addiction... im trying out belly dance. I just read about it in an article and got carried away to learn it. Its loads of fun... here's the link,
vsakakeeny vsakakeeny 10 years
Dancing is great because a lot of it (like salsa) you can use when you are not working out. I live in Costa Rica and every bar where I live (it's a small town so we only have a few) has dancing. I think how and what people eat combined with a more active lifestyle (every day tasks just take more energy--cooking, cleaning--plus all the dancing and walking) helps keep women slim. Even older women and women with many children tend to be slim. It's very inspiring! I am still trying to pick up habits of my adopted country...
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
I was in the best shape of my life when I took ballet and jazz classes.
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