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Shake it off: get moving with these five music or dance based workouts that are so much fun it will make you forget you’re exercising

Whether you’ve got fantastic rhythm, or two left feet, we’re going to help you find your groove. Balboat, ballet, ballroom and other traditional forms of toe-tapping fitness have received a major facelift with a new generation of dance taking the world by storm.

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We’ve got the rundown on the moves you need to make your own with some fabulous dance fusions.

Bollywood Kathak Fusion Dance: Pioneered in New Plymouth, this new flavour of Indian dance sees traditional Indian choreography paired with contemporary, upbeat tunes with a good dose of Bollywood thrown into the mix for eclectic measure. It involves plenty of over the top animated movements and works everything from the face to the feet.

Lyrical Dance: This is all about expressing yourself. Resembling ballet and honouring the technical elements of classical ballet, it loses its conservative streak by paying homage to the fluid and freedom focused aspects of jazz, comtemporary and modern dance. It’s based on choregraphy as well as self-interpretation of a musical beat with emotion leading the way.

Zumba: Perhaps one of the most famous exports of the 90s, Zumba blends hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. It remains a viral fitness programme with approximately 15 million people taking classes across the world every week. Capable of helping participants burn up to 600 calories per session, it targets the abs, thighs, arms and muscles throughout the body.

Clubbing collectives: Inspired by the nightclub scene, people throughout the world are taking their cues from sweaty dance parties to meet their fitness needs. Live DJs and disco lights inspire you to dip a little lower and bring those knees just that little bit higher for those who want to seriously let loose without having to stay out quite so late on a school night.

Hula hoop dancing: A total body workout that offers a great level of fitness, hula hooping is as much fun as it is a recreational option. Set to music, hula hooping is a complete core workout (cue the killer abs!), activating some 30 muscles in and around your body’s core, but the best part about this is the fun factor, with hooping classes offered at many gyms and dance fitness studios.

On Point: Barre Workout

On Point: The latest fitness craze is barre (and we love it)

The fitness industry has forged an almost cult-like following because, although the fads come and go, a healthy diet and exercise is the closest formula we have to a fountain of youth.

On Point: Barre Workout

The latest craze turning heads faster than a pirouette is the barre workout and this is one recreational activity which we can honestly say is on point.
Taking its cues from sculpting ballet warmups, the barre workout has spread in popularity in much the same way as spinning, CrossFit and yoga. There’s no tiptoeing around the benefits of this recreational powerhouse:

  1. Be core-ful: You core is about so much more than getting a 6-pack, try a 29-pack! The core includes some 29 muscles and barre workouts can be used to engage them all!
  2. Super strength: By targeting the large muscle groups in the body, barre workouts can effectively burn more calories! By increasing your resting metabolic rate, your body will continue to burn calories even once you’ve finished your workout.
  3. No pressure: The controlled, body-weight focused exercises of barre workouts increase muscle endurance and stability, which reduces pressure on joints, tendons, ligaments and the spine.
  4. Fabulously flexible: Of course, don’t forget that barre training is a great way to enhance your flexibility while significantly improving strength. Improved flexibility ensures joints are moving freely, which can improve your posture.