Get in Shape with Dance Workouts

Do you like Zumba? Are you looking for a new challenge? Here are four new generation dance workouts, which will help you to get in shape fast, and more importantly, in a fun way.


Bokwa is a combination of South African beats and body movements – the name comes from “bo” for boxing and “kwa” for Kwaito, a traditional South African war dance.

A Bokwa class begins with a simple warm-up before moving on to set sequences combining marching, kicking, punching, and a lot of shouting. The moves are easy to follow and every sequence has its own unique hand signal, so you just have to watch the instructor to see what’s coming next.



Balates is a mixture of ballet and Pilates, with some low-impact body conditioning thrown in. You’ll get all the tightening and toning effects of Pilates, as well as the flexibility and grace of ballet.

During a class, you’ll be taken through a series of short but intense dance routines intended to target specific muscle groups, before moving on to mat-based Pilates workouts to engage the smaller muscles. Choreography is not complicated, so anyone can take part. You don’t have to wear a tutu, but you do need clothes you can really move in.

seen on screen

Seen on Screen

If you have ever made up a dance routine in your bedroom, you’ll love this. During a class, you’ll learn how to dance like Beyoncé, Rihanna or Britney with professional dancers.

All classes start with a warm-up, then concentrate on breaking down the songs into manageable chunks. You’ll learn all the moves and tricks, such as Beyoncé’s signature booty shake, so you can dance like your favorite star, before putting them together in a short routine at the end.

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Disco Barre

Think Fame rather than Black Swan. You’ll be taught a blend of ballet and fitness moves to a soundtrack straight from 1980s New York. A disco barre class is based on small isometric moves to help build leaner muscles, core strength, and total-body fitness. Think squats, but in second-position plié at the barre, or using hand weights and resistance bands to intensify upper-body moves.

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Written by Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson is a woman who lives and breathes fitness and healthy lifestyle. She is a regular visitor to the gym and has gained wealth of experience in toning and strengthening the body. In the evenings she likes to read a good detective novel.


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