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You don’t have to be a professional dancer — or have any experience at all — to enjoy the many mind–body benefits of dance. At Life Time, dancers of all abilities come together to celebrate the fun and fitness of movement through the DANZE collection of classes.

“Life Time DANZE classes are the workout you never knew you needed,” says Sheila Genao (@sheilagenao_), group fitness instructor at Life Time in New York City, and Florham Park and Berkley Heights in New Jersey. “You can let loose, explore rhythms from around the world, and connect back to old tracks you’ve always loved. It’s so much fun that you don’t even realize you’re breaking a sweat and burning calories.”

Genao also touts the other rewards of dance as a workout. “Learning dance moves helps improve memory pathways in the brain and evoke a deeper mind–body connection,” she adds. “It can also help improve your balance and mobility, as well as boost your cardiovascular endurance. Our goal is to have you walking out of class feeling confident and energized.”

To help you figure out which Life Time DANZE class best fits your goals and preferences, we’re breaking down the four offerings, so you can add the advantages of dance to your fitness routine.

Sweat and move to the music in this cardio dance party.

What to expect: You’ll shake and groove with easy-to-follow choreography set to an epic playlist of hip songs. This cardio workout is a fun way to get your heart rate up — and no dance experience is necessary.

Equipment: No equipment needed

Length: 45 or 60 minutes

DANZE World Beats
Explore energetic dance styles from around the world.

What to expect: Dance around the world in this vibrant and culturally enriching experience. You’ll explore diverse dance styles and traditions from various countries and regions, immersing yourself in the beauty of the world through dance. No dance experience is necessary.

Equipment: No equipment needed

Length: 45 or 60 minutes

DANZE + Tone
Combine the joy of dance with targeted toning exercises.

What to expect: This dynamic and exciting fitness experience combines dance with light resistance training that uses dumbbells and resistance bands. Follow along to the choreography as you improve your cardiovascular health and increase your tone. No dance experience is necessary.

Equipment: Light dumbbells or resistance bands

Length: 45 or 60 minutes

DANZE Choreography
Train like a backup dancer with a slower-paced, fully choreographed routine.

What to expect: Release your inner dancer and show off your style. Follow along as your instructor breaks down a choreographed routine into easy-to-follow sections that focus on technique and timing. Every class ends with a show-stopping performance featuring you and fellow participants as the stars. No dance experience is necessary.

Equipment: No equipment needed

Length: 45 or 60 minutes

Explore all the dance class options at your club — as well as the schedule for live stream classes — on the Life Time app.

Emily Ewen

Emily Ewen is a senior writer and content editor at Life Time.

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