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Dance Enters the Fitness Market

Over the last decade or so, we've seen many new exercise fads emerge. Anything to "sculpt those abs" and "tighten those buns". People are hungry for cutting edge ways to keep in shape. The fitness world is constantly looking for new ideas to market and sell, that appeal to their audiences. One niche they're beginning to give a lot of attention to is dance!

Dancers are known for their sleek and scultped bodies. People want to gain the dancer physique, but aren't necessarily interested in training for years and years to learn the art of dance.

Fitness experts have been studying dance for a long time, to create some products to bring to the average exercise goer. They search for ways to bring exercise regimens that get the results people desire. A lot of these dance related exercise fads come from real dancers, who branched out into the fitness industry after their dance careers, to make a good living.
Dancehelp compiled some of the new exercise fads that were born out of the world of dance!

Cardio barre

    Cardio Barre

The newest craze is a fitness class called Cardio Barre. Cardio Barre comes from ballet barre. Dancers must train on the barre to get strong enough to do ballet movement. They literally hold on to the barre to keep their balance, to use resistance when lifting the leg, and to stretch.

Cardio barre basically uses some of the basic ballet barre exercises but "pumps them up" for the ultimate workout. The entire class takes place at the barre, and students will gain some of the physical benefits of a ballet dancer by taking this type of class regularly. Also, Instead of classical music they'll use top 40 music. Students who take cardio barre can strengthen and stretch their bodies into shape. But don't ask them to do a pirouette!

    Cardio Barre

From their website: "Almost every woman across America had the fantasy to be a dancer or ballerina," says Richard Giorla, creator of a revolutionary no-impact workout called "Cardio Barre" that’s taking Hollywood by storm. But what’s really cool about this fat-burning, butt-tightening, thigh-slimming, posture-straightening, figure-sculpting routine is that you don’t need any dance experience or talent to get the full benefits. All you need is a willingness to sweat, a kitchen counter or the back of a chair or couch (he also offers a portable barre that can be used at home or the office), and the ability to follow the video/DVD.

Yoga Booty Ballet

    Yoga Booty Ballet

Yoga Booty Ballet is a dance/ballet based workout that focuses on center work movement away from the barre. They incorporate plies, grand jete, port de bras, and many other beneficial ballet and general dance moves that sculpt the body.

Yoga Booty Ballet incorporates yoga into this dance based workout as well, and puts both ballet and yoga together and fuses it with an upbeat bounce to today's current music. The workout is fun yet it produces results that not only sculpts the behind (it's main focus) but stretches the body as well. Dancers know that strenghening and stretching go hand in hand - one is not more important then the other. Be prepared to plie a lot with this one!

From the website: "Yoga Booty Ballet is more then just a ballet workout though, they incorporated Yoga Booty Ballet is a dynamic fusion of yoga, booty sculpting, and dance that will make you feel strong, confident, and beautiful! The workouts are so fun, you won't believe you're also losing weight and sculpting long, lean muscles. This unique program was created by two of the nation's top fitness experts, Gillian Marloth and Teigh McDonough, to help women become the best they can be."

New York City Ballet Workout

    NYCB Workout

The NYCB Workout is probably the most authentic ballet workout on the market. They literally teach fitness goers ballet vocabulary. It's as if you are taking a ballet class, but without the building blocks it takes to advance as a dancer.

This is perfect for the former dancer or a person with past dance training of some sort. The workout is created though so anyone off the street with coordination can pick it up. This workout produces a long and lean sculpted dancers body, without the tights, pointe shoes and fouette turns!

    Ballet workout

From the website: "Ballet can work magic on the mind and body as it imparts leanness and flexibility to muscles and limbs. Making this available on a broad basis to everyone was the goal when Peter Martins, New York City Ballet’s Ballet Master in Chief, set out to create the original New York City Ballet Workout

The exercises combine stretching with strengthening and aim to improve body tone giving participants greater flexibility, cardiovascular stamina and better posture. In particular, the New York City Ballet Workout makes people think about how they use their bodies. Strength and flexibility is gained through the use of natural resistance with specific gains in the muscle tone of legs, hips and abdominals."



Pilates was created by dancers for dancers. It was used as a tool for developed dancers, to get past that plateau and to advance and perfect their art. Pilates uses mat work and apparatuses to strengthen the body while stretching it simutaneously. It produces a long and lean physique.

Pilates came to the mainstream a few years ago and now it's as common as a step class in the gyms across America. Exercise goers love this mixture of yoga and calisthenics which refines and lengthens the body for a scupted and lean look.

    Pilates Woman

From the website: "What is Pilates? An innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates.

Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.

It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.

Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility, and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to maintain beautiful physiques."



Jazzercise has been around since the 80s. It exploded onto the scene during the dance craze and still has popularity today. Jazzercise focuses on cardiovascular weight loss benefits mainly.

Jazzercise combines elements of jazz dancing into aerobics for a fun and lively cardio workout. Jazzercise sometimes incorporates kickboxing moves as well as yoga and pilates moves into some of the newer routines, and it is done to cur

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