The Best Dancing Workout Videos

Dancing can help keep your body toned and help you maintain a strong cardiovascular system. From belly dance to ballroom, from Latin to country, from hip-hop to ballet, dance workout videos cater to a wide variety of styles. Ranging from beginner to advanced, the best dance workout videos will challenge your skills, remind you of muscles you’ve forgotten, and leave you feeling exhilarated.

Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom

Julianne Hough, diva of Dancing with the Stars, created a cardio ballroom DVD that will leave almost any dancer dripping in sweat. In Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom, Hough takes you through a mild warm-up that starts zapping your thigh muscles, follows with a medium-intensity Cha Cha segment that emphasizes hip action, continues through a high-intensity Jive that works your cardiovascular system, proceeds to a low- to medium-intensity Paso Doble that focuses on strength and resistance, and finishes with a cool-down that leaves you feeling simultaneously relaxed and energetic. This DVD is best left for the intermediate and advanced set, though it features tutorials to aid the beginning dancers who seek a greater challenge.

New York City Ballet Workout

The New York City Ballet Workout provides an amazing challenge for any level of dancer because it focuses on strength, precision, agility and toning. If you’re a beginning dancer, you can learn from the well-paced steps and exercises, and you can watch your performance, flexibility, and endurance grow as you continue working out with this video. If you have more dance experience, you can use this DVD to further enhance or maintain your abilities.

Goddess Workout

The Goddess Workout uses belly dance to tone, shape, and sculpt your body. You’ll get the most out of this workout if you are a beginning or intermediate dancer, as it reviews basic belly dance movements and isolations that focus on moving your body in ways that might be unfamiliar to you. As an advanced dancer, you will appreciate the simplicity of a workout that relaxes your body while maintaining tone and grace.

Dance with Lisa: 5-Day Latin Dance

Dance with Lisa: 5-Day Latin Dance System utilizes five Latin workouts that you can use throughout the week. Each workout runs about 30 minutes, combining basics with more advanced moves. Be sure to check out the tutorial if you’re a beginning dancer. Otherwise, just dive in and have fun! You’ll learn the Latin stylings of Cha Cha, Salsa, Samba, Rumba and Merengue.

Donna’s Old School Dance Party

Donna’s Old School Dance Party spends 46 minutes energizing you and hip-hopping you through classic rap and hip hop music from the 1980s and 1990s. The DVD features “live” music from the Sugarhill Gang, an encouraging instructor who cues each movement and combination well, and a team of back-up dancers to complete the urban club vibe. You’ll like this best if you have some dance experience, but even beginners can have fun and get a good workout with this DVD’s style.

Hot Country Workout

Hot Country Workout uses an aerobic-style build, peak, and cool-down to provide an excellent country-style workout. The instructions are clear, and if you’re having trouble with the steps, instructor Diane Horner reminds you to just keep moving. The instrumental music backing this includes Country Swing, Country Reggae, and Country Slide and Kick.

About this Author

Katie Strzeszewski began writing professionally in 2003. Her articles have appeared in “The York Dispatch,” “The Morning Call,” and the Lehigh Valley edition of “Metromix.” Strzeszewski holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and English secondary education from York College of Pennsylvania. She also currently works for Best Buy\’s Geek Squad.