When I think about the school discos I’ve been to, most of my memories are of running around drenched in sweat like an insane person on the dance floor. I was living and working out really hard accidentally. Classical dance techniques are art forms that take years of training, but luckily, dancing like nobody’s watching can be just as good of a workout and doesn’t require a formal education or a dance floor, for that matter.
While these sort of cardio aerobic dance moves may not score you a date, they are just as effective, which is great if you hate running or cardio in general. There are tons of boutique fitness studios that offer cardio dance classes — like 305 Fitness, AKT In Motion, or even Zumba — but with the COVID-19 crisis preventing gyms from opening at the moment, we’re turning our attention to online instructors.
Thanks to the internet, there are tons of free dance workouts on YouTube that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Some are tutorials for specific music video choreography (Bieber’s “Sorry,” for example), but others are just made up on the spot by a choreographer, and they’re all really fun. Swallow your pride, find a space to jump around in your house, and follow along to these dance cardio videos. A 5, 6, 7, 8…
Strong by Zumba is slightly more challenging than regular Zumba, and it involves much less choreography. In this workout, you’ll do high-intensity intervals of plyometric exercises and cardio dance moves for 20 minutes.
This 30-minute dance cardio routine incorporates lots of repetitive strength movements, kind of like what you’d do in a barre class, just without the barre. Expect to feel the burn, especially in your arms and legs.
Step by step choreography
If it takes you a while to learn moves, this video builds on one long routine (as opposed to throwing the whole thing at you) at a manageable pace. Plus, the instructor gives you tips to make it easier or harder as you go along.
Don’t let the energy of this fast-paced routine freak you out; the dancers on the sides will show you how to modify the choreography. As long as you keep moving (you can lose the choreography and just bop) to the beat of Lizzo’s “Phone,” you can’t lose.
Bookmark this page, because these basic dance moves can be re-purposed on the dance floor of the next wedding you attend. The instructor, Shaun T, used to be a back-up dancer for Mariah Carey, so you know he’s legit.
Unlike the intricate, synchronised dance scenes in Bollywood movies, these steps are easy to pick up and follow along. There’s a lot of squatting, so you’ve been warned.
Bieber back-up dancers
If you’ve never tried to do the Justin Bieber “Sorry” dance… I think you’re lying. This choreography repeats itself over and over with the chorus and verse, so it’s worth watching once so you know what you’re in for.
This Meghan Trainor-themed Zumba and hip hop tutorial is easy to follow along with, and the choreography sticks to the rhythm pretty clearly — so even if you miss a step, you can pick it up easily.