10 Types of Dance That Will Tone Your Body

Burn 500 to 1,000 calories an hour without setting foot on a treadmill with these dance styles to get you moving (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Sep 16, 2011 at 4:05PM

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10 Types of Dance That Will Tone Your Body

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A sort of classy strip tease, burlesque will help you shed pounds as you shed clothes. While you’re busy strutting your stuff, there’s a lot of ab work hidden in those bumps and grinds, says Michelle L’amour, a burlesque teacher in Chicago. Dancing in modest heels also awakens muscles in your legs you didn’t know you had, and it doesn’t end when you kick off your shoes. “That’s when we put on our ‘air pumps,’” L’amour says, and the class walks on its toes for an intense calf workout. Many dance studios and gyms offer burlesque fitness or you can order a DVD. Use your best judgment if you’re a beginner, L’amour advises. “If there’s a lot of head whipping and falling to the floor, it can potentially lead to injuries,” she says. If a move seems too abrasive on your neck or joints, don’t be afraid to leave it out of your routine and focus on the fun parts instead. “Believe it or not, shimmying is great cardio!” L’amour says.

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