Dance your way into tip-top shape

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Brooke Evans-But­ler

Don’t limit your danc­ing to Fri­day nights out with friends.

Danc­ing is not only fun, it can whip you into great shape.

Some great work­outs in­clude:

Jas­mina Rixom, co-owner of Xtend Barre Perth and Xtend Barre Joon­dalup, said Xtend Barre was Pi­lates and dance am­pli­fied.

“It brings in el­e­ments of dance, bal­let and Pi­lates to cre­ate an adren­a­line-fu­elled work­out that strength­ens, length­ens and chis­els the body,” she said.

“Each class fea­tures an el­e­gant yet en­er­getic com­bi­na­tion of move­ments that en­hance flex­i­bil­ity, im­prove bal­ance, and chal­lenge the core.”

There are nu­mer­ous Xtend Barre pro­grams in­clud­ing Xtend Barre in­te­grated with yoga, post­na­tal Xtend Barre and Xtend Fit Ball.

Rita Nita, owner of Elan Dance Est, said Dance­hall (Ja­maican pop) was a high-en­ergy, raw dance-style that packed a great work­out, in­clud­ing squats and lunges.

“You need a strong core and strong legs (for this dance) but we hide the fit­ness part so you don’t know you are do­ing it — like mums hid­ing veg­eta­bles,” she said. She said their classes in­cor­po­rat­ing Dance­hall (in­clud­ing Groove and Afro­jam classes) are per­fect for be­gin­ners — with a fo­cus on fun, so the classes are not in­tim­i­dat­ing.

It’s tra­di­tion­ally seen as be­ing a very sen­sual ac­tiv­ity, but Britt Bai­ley, owner and chore­og­ra­pher/teacher at SheMoves Dance Fit­ness Stu­dios, said women were see­ing the in­cred­i­ble fit­ness ben­e­fits of pole danc­ing, in­clud­ing in­crease in arm, back and core strength from hold­ing their own body weight in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions, an in­ter­val-type train­ing ef­fect from per­form­ing floor and stand­ing moves, in­verted and climb­ing moves within rou­tines and a fo­cus on whole body flex­i­bil­ity.

Did you want to learn bal­let as a child?

The Perth School of Bal­let of­fers an adult pro­gram.

It is great for in­creas­ing flex­i­bil­ity and core strength.

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