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15 best dance workouts on YouTube + 5 major benefits

Dance workouts could the next best thing to busting a move on the club floor, and even though you might be swapping cocktails and heels for a

water bottle and gym trainers, the endorphins of a good boogie are the same.

The beauty of dance workouts is that you can do them anywhere as they usually don’t require any special home gym equipment (more on this later). Plus, they’re scalable no matter what level of dancer you consider yourself. Scroll on for 15 fun, fierce dance workouts to try today.

Are dance workouts suitable for beginners?

Not a natural on the d-floor? Not to worry. Dance workouts (and especially dance home workouts) are a brilliant way for beginners to get their confidence up, learn some new moves and shake off self-consciousness.

‘Most dance workouts are suitable for beginners. It can take a while to get into the groove of a dance class but remember, everyone will be at a different level and as long as you’re having fun, how technically good you are doesn’t really matter. The great thing is that if you are working out from home, you don’t even have to turn your camera on – so no one will see you if you want to keep your moves to yourself,’ says Ballet Fusion founder, Rhea Sheedy.

Do you need any special equipment to do dance workouts?

‘No, most popular dance workouts don’t need any equipment. Some classes, like my ballet fitness workouts, will contain some floor work or may finish with a floor stretch, which requires a yoga mat or comfy flooring. But otherwise, you’ll just need your body and your energy,’ advises Sheedy.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t do dance workouts?

As always, there will be some people who need to take more care before taking on new workout styles. Sheedy lays out what to be aware of and why it’s important to communicate any concerns with your instructor.

‘Be especially careful if you have any knee, ankle or hip injuries. If you are unsure, check with the instructor before you start your class and make sure that you stop if you feel any pain or discomfort. We always tell people to listen to their bodies. Your body will tell you if something isn’t right – don’t ignore it.

‘If you have been advised not to dance or do certain workouts due to a medical condition or injury, it’s important that you follow this advice to prevent further injury or damage. If you have reduced mobility, search online for dance classes that are adapted to suit different requirements.’

5 dance workout benefits

Dancing isn’t just about releasing some feel-good hormones, there are some real physical and mental benefits to be reaped, too. Sheedy breaks down five major benefits of dance workouts.

1. Build muscle strength

‘Dance workouts build strength in your muscles, especially the legs, hips and core, which enables us to stay healthy, prevent osteoporosis while reducing the chance of injury.’

2. Help to improve coordination

‘Moving your arms whilst lifting or bending legs, for example, can be tricky at first. But, the more you do this, the easier it will become and your brain and body will become more coordinated over time. Working your cognitive functions to coordinate your body with music, will benefit your coordination in other areas of your life.’

So, new skills and more coordination? Where do we sign up!

3. Releases endorphins

If you’re in the market for some serious home workout happiness, dance workouts might be the quickest way to whip some up. Sheedy explains:

‘It’s been proven that dance releases more endorphins than other forms of aerobic exercise. More endorphins equal more positivity, better sleep, improved cognitive function, happier relationships and more contentment all around. Dance has also been shown to reduce cortisol levels which results in lower stress levels – something we could all benefit from!’

4. Great for self-expression

‘Dance is a wonderful, expressive form of exercise. Through our movements, we can really feel the music and enjoy its nuances. You can use dance to emote feelings, release stress, enjoy the freedom of movement and really express your mood.’

5. Improves self-confidence

Wringing your hands about moving your feet? According to Sheedy, whilst it’s an understandable worry, the more you get involved, the less you start to care. Start on YouTube and when lockdown restrictions lift maybe challenge yourself to an IRL class.

‘The first dance class can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. You might not know anyone else in the class and you might be worried the teacher will single you out. But within minutes, you’ll find that everyone is in the class for the same reasons as you and you can bet that plenty of people will be at the same level with the same fears. Getting through these concerns and focusing on enjoying the class, people and movements is a great self-confidence booster.

‘As you continue with classes you will get to know your body and what it’s capable of. You’ll surprise yourself with your ability, strength and coordination and your confidence in class will improve. Everyone who has ever danced had to step out of their comfort zone at some point to try it. This means everyone who has ever danced should be proud of themselves for doing it!’

15 best dance workouts on YouTube


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