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5 Dance Classes That Double as Cardio Workouts

305 Fitness

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Be ready to shake it, drop it, and work muscles you never knew you had. With studios in Washington, D.C. and NYC, 305 Fitness, inspired by Miami's nightclub scene, is a sweaty dance party for people who want to seriously let loose. Live DJs and a crazy light show inspire you to dip a little lower and bring those knees a little higher. 305 will leave you breathless with learn-as-you-go dance routines, bodyweight exercises, and an all-out dance sprint section. Founder Sadie Kurzban's mission? Make sweat sexy. Crop tops encouraged. (Try 305 Fitness' Dance Cardio Workout.)

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DMF Dance Motivation Fitness

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If you need that extra push of inspirational messaging to get through a workout (that's you, SoulCycle and yoga fans!) then you will love the positive vibes and coaching in DMF classes. The NYC-based workout encourages dancers to let lose and not worry about whether they're doing exactly the right thing or not. Beginners or those with injuries get modified options, while experienced dancers will still be challenged. The goal is to get every person who walks in to walk out feeling better, and who doesn't get happy after busting a move?

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The Vixen Workout

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Former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones left the court to heat things up in the studio with her female-only dance class to inspire women to leave their daily roles behind and unleash their inner vixen. The Vixen Workout classes in Florida, New York, Chicago, and LA begin with a warm up that teaches new students signature dance moves, like the Milkshake, Twerkalator, and Kitten Stretch. Then moves are sequenced together with squats, lunges, and ab work to club music. Unlike many studios that ban cell phones, selfies are encouraged so you can share your sexy moves. If you want to dance like Beyonce, learn it here. (See The NBA Dancer Workout Plan.)

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The Boss Chick Dance Workout

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Bosses in Florida and NYC can strut their stuff and flaunt their attitude at this divalicious workout. Called a "high intensity hip hop, dance hall, reggaeton fusion twerkout," you'll dance to club-style music in an empowering ladies-only environment at The Boss Chick Dance Workout. Inspired by her work and training with industry icons like Madonna, creator Simone Sobers blended her love of fitness with her background in dance to create the total-body workout.

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BollyX

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BollyX draws inspiration from the music and dance of Bollywood, the Indian film industry. The infectious energy of the films are brought to life in a BollyX class, with high and low intensity dance sequences that give a full-body cardio circuit workout. The Boston-born workout has 11 locations and 15 in the works. Beginners have no fear—you'll learn the footwork first and then slowly add in arm choreography (you'll be patting your head and rubbing your belly in no time!) Not near you? You can still Get Bollywood Fit Like Miss America.

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