Beyond Zumba  : Dance Workouts You've Got to Try

That weekly Zumba® class inspired your obsession with dance-based fitness, but looking for something new? Look no further. We found six routines guaranteed to keep both your mind engaged and your body in motion.

If you love Zumba®, you'll love...

Brazil Butt Lift

Why you'll love it: If you love the world beat, Latin, African music influence of Zumba®, try one of the Brazil Butt Lift DVDs that combine dance, cardio and body-sculpting floor exercises. Despite their name, the workouts aren't all about the butt. While they do emphasize the use of large muscle groups, including the glutes, you can expect to tone up all over.

Billy Blanks Jr.'s Dance With Me Workouts

Why you'll love it: Want to expand your musical horizons as you melt calories? The Dance With Me Cardio Fit DVD combines easy-to-follow dance routines with two-minute cardio bursts to help you build stamina and burn more calories-all while you shake it to Hip Hop, Country, Bollywood and more.


Why you'll love it: The original dance exercise workout is available on DVD and at classes all over the world. Choreographed to today's music, each 60-minute Jazzercise cardio workout includes a gentle warm up, 30-minute aerobic workout, muscle toning and strengthening segment with weights, and a stretch finale.


Why you'll love it: This ballet-inspired workout focuses on strength, cardio and flexibility to help you gain the long, lean, graceful lines of a dancer. Isometrics build strength, low-impact dance movements provide cardio, and a stretching segment increases flexibility. But don't be fooled. This is an intense, effective workout. Barre3 classes are available at studios in most cities and online through their website.


Why you'll love it: This Brazilian self-defense method combines a series of fluid dance movements and music. It's been around for centuries, and has gained popularity in the United States in recent years. And with good reason: It improves strength, balance, and coordination through kicks, spins and even handstands. Search "Capoeira" in your city to find a class or studio. 

Dance, Dance Revolution (DDR)

Why you'll love it: It might be a video game, but it's all about dance, and being fast on your feet, which makes it an excellent way to get your heart rate up. And if you've got kids, have them join in. The American Council on Exercise said it might be the key to getting kids to exercise. Each game offers a variety of options and levels of difficulty. You can buy DDR games online and in stores.

Mike Ceja reviewed this article.