5 dance forms for a fitter you

Apr 29, 2015, 8:32 IST


On International Dance Day today (April 29), we give you a low down on five dance forms that will not only help you stay in shape, but also keep you in high spirits on hectic days.

Belly dance
Sensual, seductive and exotic—these are the three words that pop up in the mind when one says ‘Belly dance’. Done on bare feet, the Middle Eastern dance form is much more than just rolling your stomach and swirling your hip; it’s a wonderful way to express your thoughts. No doubt it’s tricky in the beginning, but once you master those moves, it’ll take your self-confidence to newer heights. Belly dancing helps you connect with your core muscles. A handful of sessions and you’ll start seeing your body toning up. Pick that crop top and hip scarf and get grooving, girl!


It’s the same story every morning—you wake up after infinite snoozing and drag yourself to the gym, while your partner happily snores under the mink. Nah, not happening, woman. Wake him up and spice things up by putting on your dance shoes and enrolling yourselves to a salsa class. A full aerobic workout, it will strengthen your core muscles such as abs, hips and legs and increase the production of the feel-good hormones. Whether single or not, it’s a great way to meet people and broaden your social circle.

Hip hop dance
Want something spontaneous and funky? Try hip hop. Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made famous by dance crews in the United States. The best part about hip hop is that it isn’t choreographed and involves free style moves that are made on the spot. What’s more, it’s the perfect way to tone your muscles, sculpt your abs and increase flexibility.

Bolly dance
Wondering if you have two left feet? Take up Bolly dance. Originating from our very own Bollywood movies, this dance form blends a variety of styles of traditional Indian dances such as Kathak and Bharatnatyam and folk dances such as Bhangra with contemporary dance forms such as jazz and hip hop, while delicately lacing the form with its own unique flavour.


Ballroom dancing
From the lively and flirtatious Cha Cha to the emotional Mambo and the romantic Rumba, you could pick up any form of Ballroom dancing with your partner. As fancy as the name might sound, Ballroom dancing is a mesmerising form of art that encourages men and women to come together and celebrate the beauty of life. If you’re in a mood for something more formal and sophisticated, this one is a perfect pick!