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Fun Dance Workouts for Women

Updated on December 12, 2015

Whether done in a health club or at home in front of the television or computer screen, dance workouts are popular because they not only assist with weight loss, muscle toning, flexibility and balance, they are extremely fun to do. Not sure which of these workouts is right for you? Well, you can check out anything from Zumba to Street dance, but there are others you might consider. Here's a look at some different dance workouts that have more to offer than just a calorie burn: belly dance, ballet, Burlesque, African dance, and Jazzercise (yes, I said Jazzercise - keep reading).

A belly dance workout strengthens the core, burns calories, and shapes the body into feminine curves.
A belly dance workout strengthens the core, burns calories, and shapes the body into feminine curves. | Source

Bellydance Basics and Beyond

Belly Dance Workouts

Why do so many women choose to belly dance over other workouts? Because belly dancing makes them feel feminine and sexy and targets the areas women complain about the most: the abdominals, arms, hips, and thighs.

Belly dance workout DVD's range from the traditional sounds of the middle east to the modern music of Latin and hip-hop and from beginner basics to more advance moves. If you are looking for a workout that doesn't have you running and jumping from one side of the room to the other, but still manages to bring on the burn and the perspiration, try belly dance!

Ballet Dance Workouts

Want the long, strong legs, thighs, butt and midriff of a dancer? Ballet dance can give you those. Even if all ballet dancers did all day was dance, they would be more fit than most of the population, but they don't stop there. Serious ballet dancers tone, stretch, and practice good balance. The art of ballet dance has captured dancers and audiences for centuries. Unfortunately, most of us are not the "prima ballerina" type. The good news is that we don't have to be extremely talented or fit to reap the benefits of the workouts used by ballet dancers all around the world.

While learning the basic workout and dance moves, be sure to stretch well and honor your fitness level. Ballet is fluid and balanced, but if you try to move too fast, things can go from graceful to painful very quickly.

Stretch, tone, and take the time to learn the moves before concerning yourself with speed.

High Energy African Dance

African Dance Workouts

Although ballet and belly dance get the heart pumping and raise metabolism, African dance is a high-energy, low to high-impact workout for those who want to move to a beat that's just a bit different than the usual. Though there are several types of African dances, the popular form of African dance workouts include dance steps and routines from more than one region of Africa. African dance is expressive and primal. It speaks to the soul and challenges the body. If you need a fast-paced, fun-filled dance workout, learn African dance.

Kukuwa Dance Workout

Blended Dance Workout

A blend of African, Caribbean, and Latin dance, the Kukuwa Dance Workout is a heart-pumping, fat-burning workout that is as fun to do as it is effective. In fact, the whole purpose is to enjoy every minute of the workout.  Unlike many dance workouts for women, the Kukuwa Dance Workout is low-impact and easier on the joints. If knee trouble has kept you from trying African dance or getting into the Latin swing of dance exercise, this modified, low-impact, but fast-moving dance workout was made with you in mind.

Jazzercise - Community Fun

Jazz It Up

Jazzercise has been around for over 40 years and continues to be an effective, enjoyable workout that is suitable for beginners to advanced exercisers. I recall my older sister dragging me to a Jazzercise class at her local community center when I was all of 13 years old. I went to the back of the class and prayed that nobody noticed my lack of coordination. Nobody cared that I was a beginner. After all, they had all started out as beginners, too. To my delighted surprise, I caught on fast and loved every minute of the routine. I walked away covered in sweat and feeling the ache in muscles of which I had been previously unaware. Because I lived 40 miles away from the center and was not able to continue with the class, my sister loaned me her Jazzercise album (showing my age, here) and I used the fold-out illustrations to continue the routines at home. "Now jazz stretch up, to the left, to the left, to the left, to the left, now jazz stretch right, to the right, to the right, to the right... now jazz stretch down, to the left, to the left..." My favorite part was "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and I was guilty of resetting the needle to do the segment over and over. This resulted in an hour long workout instead of the typical 30 minutes.

I have recently rediscovered Jazzercise and find that though it has evolved into various types of dance, it is just as fun as it was a couple of decades ago.

Get moving with your own dance music.
Get moving with your own dance music.

The Do It Yourself Workout

One of my favorite ways to work out is to incorporate moves and exercises from more than one workout. After trying a few different types, I have been able to put on my own music and choreograph a routine based around my particular needs. The ability to change up routines and be creative with my own fitness helps to keep me motivated and sometimes I end up working out much longer than I usually would because I am having so much fun. What is more, workouts can be modified so you are able to use exercises that concentrate on the areas you want to work. If you are bored with the dance workouts you use and don't want to go to the gym, try blasting your own music and dancing to the beat of your own drum!

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      Karla Whitmore 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Au fait, I really enjoy dancing as a mood enhancer. I always start with the intention of burning calories and exercising my heart, and then I keep going because I just FEEL better. :) I'm definitely more of a free-styler, but belly dancing is fun, too -- and much more of a workout than some might think. If I had to choose a dance to learn for the first time, I think I would choose something in country style... or something eccentrically retro, like polka :D

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Dancing is great exercise, easier to persuade oneself to do it because it's fun, and it good for attitude, mood, and overall outlook. I've always wanted to learn Hip Hop. If I just live long enough . . .

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      FadyAgeeb 6 years ago

      niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee i loved it :D

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      It's wonderful to hear you have come back to Jazzercise! I stumbled upon it 18 years ago and then later became an instructor. For those that don't really like to exercise (like me) it's the way to go - the hour flies by and we have so much fun. The founder of Jazzercise, Judi Sheppard Missett, still does all the original choreography and she looks fabulous in her mid-60's.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      great hub. there are so many calories burned when we work out. having fun while you work out is nice.

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      jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      I love dance. It's fun and help us continue in shape.

      Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Holly Mackenzie Cupp 6 years ago from United States

      I love the idea of dancing workouts. It's a 2-in-1 plus! Learn how to dance and lose weight and/or tone up while doing it. I personally have taken interest in exotic and burlesque dance exercise videos. I'm looking forward to trying them out and laughing at myself the whole time.

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      Samantha_Marie 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      Thanks so much! I'm always looking for new, fun work outs. I get bored so easily. Thanks for the great work out reviews.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I hate to exercise, so anything that can make it less boring is a benefit. Well done!

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Love it! Movement of any kind is good for you! Great hub! And if you are on a budget, don't forget to check out free dance lessons at your local community centers, gyms, local pubs and parks and rec areas. It's a great way to meet like-minded people who might be willing to start something with you locally too1 Or start your own walking club and post flyers in your neighborhood for walking partners - If you volunteer to make reminder phone calls you might even get paid for your services as 'coordinator!'

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      Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I sometimes “dance” (if you can call my movements dance!) to music on the television or radio. It’s great fun, but I haven’t had time to do it consistently. Hopefully I’ll have the time to take classes some day. Thanks for an enjoyable hub.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      I own the belly dance video you show here and it is great. Cant wait to try some of these others. Thanks for writing.


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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      I love these selections. Nothing is more boring to me than the old standby exercise videos. Watching already thin in shape bods performing the same mundane routines. I'm really interested in them all. Well done . . voted up, marked useful, bookmarked and shared.

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      fadibody 7 years ago

      Dancing is one of the fads these days to shed those excess fats away.

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      Daddy Paul 7 years ago from Michigan

      Don't know if I prefer watching the dancing or doing it to lose pounds.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I agree with this kind of workout. It gives pleasure plus puts you back into shape.

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Happy New Year to all!

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thanks for the compliment :)

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Thanks BJ, may it be blessed for you, as well!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Dancing is the one exercise I can stick to. It is fun, and energizing. Great hub. Voted up and awesome. I love your descriptions.

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      Great way to start the new year! May it be blessed for you.

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I would definitely dance with you, prasetio! :)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love to see belly dance, but Jazzercise or Arfican Dance Workouts is new for me. Thanks for share with us. Would you dance with me? I can't stop my body to move. Happy New Year.

      Love and peace, Prasetio

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Kavita, I am definitely going to try out the Bollywood workout. But for now, I'm stuck on Jazzercise. :)

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      Kavita Trivedi-Kapoor 7 years ago from London

      I tried one class of belly dancing and man was it hard! It is not as easy as it looks but boy did I feel good after or what. I definitely want to start again may be in New Year. Samba is good too as well as Bollywood - now that really does get your body moving :)

      Very useful info - thanks for sharing