So, you think YOU can dance?

Yesterday, I wrote about my love of the Fox show, So You Think You Can Dance. It’s a fantastic show, showcasing quality dancers and compelling personalities. The producers (or whoever) have formulated brilliant television.

But really, it’s all about the dancing.

One of my favorite dances from last season.

If I could come back in another life, and get to choose my talent, I would be a dancer. It’s certainly not gonna happen in this life. I don’t even want to try to learn to dance as my current self. Nope, it’s not happening.

There are a lot of people who love to dance, however, whether they are good or not, and that’s great. They love the feeling of music, and the way it moves their body. They love how dancing is a fantastic workout, that doesn’t feel at all like work.

Wait, what???? You haven’t figured that out yet? Have you been hiding under a rock as the Zumba craze has emerged, or are you just too shy to try? Well, what are you afraid of? Get out there and dance!

Zumba is a great place to start, and if you’ve never heard of it, you must not have set foot in a gym in the last, ohhhh, five years maybe? It’s a Latin-inspired dance party, and since it began in 2001, the Zumba folks have been busy adding new kinds of classes in gyms all over the place. There is regular old Zumba, Zumba Gold, which targets baby boomers and, “modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle;” and a few hybrid classes that include toning or circuit training exercises. There’s even Zumbatomic, a class designed specifically for 4–12 year-olds that’s a, “rockin’, high-energy fitness-party packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and all the music kids love, like hip-hop, reggaeton, cumbia and more.” Sounds fun, right?

My old friend Les Mills also offers a couple of fun dance cardio classes. Back in the day, I was getting up to greet the dawn a few days a week with my Les Mills RPM indoor cycling class. Becoming Les Mills RPM certified is one of my proudest accomplishments, and I really miss teaching. I can’t say enough about Les Mills classes, and if your gym offers them (RPM, Body Pump, and Body Flow are some of the most common), I encourage you to give one a try. Go on, drink the Kool-Aid.

On the dance front, Les Mills has introduced Body Jam, a moderate intensity cardio dance class, and Sh’bam, which is also moderate intensity, though a little shorter duration than Body Jam. They started offering Sh’bam at the gym I worked at in California, and it looks like a good time.

Check out Candyce launching a new release of Sh’bam at Tri-City Wellness Center. Bam, girl!

Those are a few of the more well-known cardio dance classes I’m familiar with. Many gyms also put together their own, in-house programs, and of course, there are also local dance studios if you are interested in the real deal.

Or, you could just break it down in your kitchen, in your undies.

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