Why Cross-Train With Dance Workouts

Remember the last time you went out dancing all night? You probably sweated like crazy and woke up the next day feeling exhausted and sore, but great. Just like a fitness workout.

But you don't have to wait for the weekend to get all dolled up in order to get a great dance workout. Regular daytime dance fitness classes are popping up across the nation; here's a quick look at what dance workouts are available and the benefits you can expect from this type of fitness workout.

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Types of Dance Fitness Classes

Deborah Hirsch is the founder and president of Philly Dance Fitness (phillydancefitness.com), a Philadelphia company that offers classes in many of the most popular types of dance fitness.

These include:

  • Zumba (a Latin-based aerobics that incorporates Rhumba-style dance)
  • Striptease aerobics (which is basically a women-only pole-dancing class without the pole)
  • Step aerobics
  • Target kickboxing
  • African dance
  • Creative movement for kids
  • Cardio belly dance
  • International funk and themed workshops relevant to pop culture (they've done a "Glee" workshop, a "Michael Jackson, King of Pop" workshop and a "Lady Gaga" class)

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Why Dance Workouts

Hirsch is not a professional dancer, but it's been her passion since she could stand on two feet. Now her mission is to make dance accessible and fun for anyone. "Dance is freeing and energizing and makes people feel good," Hirsch says.

And like Hirsch you don't need formal dance training to get the full benefits from these workouts. "Classes are great for people who will never be professional dancers but still love dance and want to take a class," Hirsch adds. You can burn "close to 700 calories in an hour."

Unlike most traditional dance classes, dance-fitness workouts are usually designed to be accessible to all levels of participants, so you can always stay within your comfort zone. Even some people who run professional dance companies still come to dance fitness classes to get a workout and a different experience.

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