If you want to stick to an exercise routine, it has to be fun. Enter: dance fitness. These classes not only break a sweat and flood your body with endorphins, but they do it in the most distracting way. As you’re busy moving, shaking and bopping, you barely notice that you’re working out and boosting your flexibility, coordination, strength and confidence.
It’s the most fun you’ll have while exercising. Here’s where to get your dance fitness fix in Sydney.
This studio’s main mission is to make fitness fun – and it nails it. You can sign up for D.A.N.C.E, a high-energy class to the beat of top 40 hits or lose yourself in URBAN D.A.N.C.E as hip-hop, pop and Latin American music blasts in the background. They’re held a couple of times per week, but in between, you’ll love the circus-inspired trapeze classes.
Surry Hills, Newtown, Marrickville
The 80s are back, and they brought their lycra. During Retrosweat’s one-hour classes, you’ll burn calories and sweat up an absolute storm as you dance to a soundtrack of old-school songs and power ballads. The music changes every week, and classes are open to all experience levels. Legwarmers and bodysuits optional.
International Screen Academy, 242 Young Street, Waterloo (Tuesdays)
Hiscoes Fitness Centre, 525 Crown Street, Surry Hills (Thursdays)
At this inner-city studio, the energy is palpable. It holds over 40 dancercise classes every week, including hip-hop, funk, Bollywood, Tahitian dance, salsa and ballet. There’s even a hula-hoop class, and a class that hones in on dancing in heels – a next-level workout! From time to time, Dance Central also holds six-week body bootcamps.
Level 1, 268 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
This Sydney staple has a rowdy roster of dance classes that double as full-body workouts. Along with a freestyling class called #JustDance, there’s Bounce DanceFit and Cardio Dance Blast – both heart-pounding, seriously sweaty sessions that combine cardio, balance and muscle conditioning. On Friday nights, you can shake and shimmy your way to the weekend at Crunch’s Dance Party class.
Alexandria, Bankstown, Caringbah, Chatswood, Dee Why, Liverpool, Mortdale, Parramatta, Rockdale, Sydney CBD
With sparkling views of the harbour, Sydney Dance Company is home to the city’s most talented dancers. It also holds over 70 open classes every week, where anyone and everyone is welcome. You can get technical with ballet and tap, or you can choose the two dance fitness classes: jazz and Latin funk. Usually held before or after business hours, both classes are easy to follow.
The Wharf, Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
If you’ve always wished you could dance but were too nervous to take a class, go to Groove Therapy. The studio was specially designed as a judgement-free zone. There are no mirrors and the lights are dimmed, so you can dance like nobody’s watching (sorry, we couldn’t resist!). Start with the Hip-Hop for Beginners class and boogie your way from there.
107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
After its wild success in the UK, ‘Clubbercise’ has made its way Down Under – to Brookvale, to be exact. At Kingdom Gym, you’ll dance non-stop to poppy tracks for 55 minutes, and burn 600 calories (or more) in the process. Just like a true dancefloor, the room is dark, save for flashing strobe lights and glow sticks.
Unit 8, 9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale
Zumba’s nothing new: the loud, Latin American-inspired dance class has been making people sweat and smile for a few years now. With a mix of moves borrowed from salsa, flamenco and cumbia, it’s total body workout, boosting cardio, muscle strength, balance and flexibility. There gyms offering it all over the city, but if you’re interested in casual classes, head to Zumba Fiesta in Pyrmont or Zumba Fitness in Paddington.
Zumba Fiesta: Pyrmont Community Centre, John and Mount Streets, Pyrmont
Zumba Fitness Sydney: St George’s Anglican Church, 245 Glenmore Road, Paddington
To strengthen, lengthen and tone your body, try pole dancing. The technique has twirled its way onto Sydney’s mainstream fitness scene, and this studio’s upbeat Dance Athletica class is a hit. Like gymnastics, it’s a phenomenal core workout, and boosts your upper body strength, flexibility and endurance. It’s common to spot men in class, too!
Level 2, 29-37 Bellevue Street, Surry Hills
Work in the CBD? Roll out of the office and into Crossover Dance Studio, a warm, welcoming studio that specialises in street dancing. Its motto is ‘dance is fun and it’s for everyone,’ so you can expect to see people of all levels in class. For a brilliant workout, try the Break Dance, LA Style, Hip-Hop and House classes – and bring a towel!
Level 1, 22 Goulburn Street, Sydney