For one reason or another, group fitness classes are, by far, one of the most popular ways people love to workout in the 21st century. They’re so popular, in fact, that more than 40% of all gym goers attend at least one fitness class, and many experts believe that group classes will continue to be a top fitness trend for the foreseeable future.
And, while classes like our Ride cycling workouts, HIIT classes, and yoga classes remain member favorites, few group fitness classes offer more fun and energy than a good dance class. Below, we’ll go over five of Crunch’s best group workout classes for dance lovers and what to expect from each. No matter which you pick, each of these choreography-driven routines will give you everything you need to feel confident in the gym or on the dance floor.
Why Dance Classes Are the Perfect Workout
Love it or hate it, regular cardio is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself healthy. Unfortunately, most people associate cardio with hours spent on the treadmill or stationary bike, grinding out mile after mile and watching the calorie counter slowly tick up. We’ve been there, and we know that these kinds of workouts are often as mentally draining as they are physically tiring.
From better cardiovascular health to improved flexibility and even leaner muscle, group dance classes offer impressive health benefits for people of all skill levels and backgrounds.
Even more than normal group fitness classes, however, a dance-based group class can put the fun into functional training by adding music, creative choreography, and personality to your workout. Better yet, Crunch Fitness offers a constantly-changing list of these classes to keep your routine fresh and your dance moves even fresher.
Aerobics With Attitude
Sometimes you need a little attitude to really dominate a dance floor, and our Aerobics With Attitude dance workout class does just that by helping you discover your inner superstar. Like other dance sessions at Crunch, Aerobics With Attitude uses specially-trained instructors to guide you through a dance-inspired fitness routine. Unlike other classes, this one focuses far more on how dancing makes you feel by leaving tons of room for you to add personality and flair to every step.
Perfect for members who want to blend intense cardio with a chance to strut their stuff, our Aerobics With Attitude class is some of the most fun you’ll ever have in a gym–or on the dance floor.
We’re raising the bar with our Barre Bootcamp group fitness classes, which combine traditional ballet choreography with high-intensity movements to build long, lean muscle and get you in the best shape of your life. In each class, your instructor will guide you through different poses and dance moves using a ballet bar and your body weight to craft a challenging, effective workout.
In addition to promoting flexibility and coordination like that you’d build in a yoga class, this group fitness class also prioritizes building strength and muscle tone throughout your core, thighs, and butt.
First created in 2001 by a Colombian choreographer, Zumba exploded almost overnight, becoming one of the most popular dance workouts in the world. In 2023, more than fifteen million people attend a Zumba class each week, with gyms in more than 180 countries coaching their members through some version of the Latin-inspired exercise routine.
Although Zumba group classes don’t actively advertise themselves as high-intensity interval training, they alternate between high-energy movements and lower-energy recovery periods. By doing this, instructors can maintain a higher level of activity for longer, resulting in more calorie-burning fun for the whole class. For people who enjoy traditional Zumba, keep an eye out for variations like Strong by Zumba, which take this dance workout to a whole new level.
Have you ever wanted to be in a music video? Maybe (like us) you and your friends filmed fan-made dance videos to your favorite songs when you were younger. Our Videography dance class can help you live out your dreams by teaching you new pulse-pounding moves and dance styles, all set to a background of energetic hip-hop and modern bops.
Like most types of dancing, our Videography classes are best with friends–either those you bring along or the new ones you’ll make dancing alongside. Together, you and your fellow class members will develop awesome new combinations and steps while burning through a total body workout like few you’ve ever experienced. By the time you’re done, you’ll wish the cameras had been rolling all along.
Ultimate Dance Party
In this over-the-top dance party, Crunch instructors will teach you a range of killer dance move combinations ranging from beginner-friendly to those fit for a professional dancer, with each set to an energetic soundtrack built to keep you dancing along to the beat. Through each class, you’ll put these moves together into fun new routines, then square off in a team vs. team dance battle to see who really owns the dance floor.
Along the way, members have so much fun that they often forget that they’re also getting a full-body workout. While it’s up to you to decide which is the “best” dance class, we can confidently say that this one is unquestionably the Ultimate Dance Party.
Join Crunch Today!
At Crunch, we firmly believe that fitness should be something you want to do, not something you feel like you have to do. To help make that belief a reality, we’re constantly working to develop fun new classes to suit every member’s preferences and passions. For dancing, this means different types of music, choreography designed for beginners and pros alike, and a no judgment atmosphere meant to help you shake off any self-consciousness and get you owning the dance floor.
If you’re a potential member looking to check out our dance moves–or anything else about our facilities–try our complimentary trial membership with no strings attached. For current members wondering if group dance classes might be a good way to spice up their fitness routine, check out your local Crunch to see which classes they have to offer.
Crunch’s group fitness classes promote a culture of fun with no judgments. It’s an environment for all types of individuals with various goals. Find a Crunch gym near you to try our free trial membership, or join Crunch now. Your goals are made to be crushed. With Crunch, you’ll have the tools, resources, and support to make it happen.