Dance your way into tip-top shape
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.