New dance class trends to try mixing choreography with cardio in your workout

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If you find hitting the treadmill just incredibly dull, these dance classes are a much more fun way to get an all over workout. Jazz hands at the ready.

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It may have been a couple of months since Strictly had us glued to our screens, but the UK's desire for dance shows no sign of waning. Yet instead of just watching the professionals, it seems we're now getting up and trying some fancy footwork for ourselves.

Over the last couple of years, an increasing number of gyms have started offering dance classes alongside their more traditional step and spin sessions, in response to demand.

And last month, Move It – the UK's biggest dance event – revealed the top three hottest dance trends that will be getting the nation moving this year. So grab those trainers and get ready to channel your inner Jessica Alba circa her Honey days.

Dance classes to try


1. Embrace your inner ballerina


Prima Ballet Sculpt is a new fitness dance trend combining the principles and aesthetics of classical ballet, the symphony and toning of Pilates and a dancer's approach to stretching and toning. It's a workout to give you a lean graceful bod that will have people confusing you with Darcey Bussell in no time. Probably.

Try it if you like: Ballet core, yoga or Pilates

2. Tap with a twist


Acoustic Tap is a traditional twist on classic tap dance. There's no need to break out your Ginger Rogers flapper wardrobe – classes are dressed down and more 'street' looking. Inspired by the beats and music of hip hop, house and dance, the sessions are fun, catchy and easy to keep up with. And it's just fun to make a lot of noise with your feet to be honest.

Try it if you like: Watching Stomp, and have always wanted to have a go.

3. Jazz it up like a superstar


Commercial Jazz combines basic jazz with some more modern moves and some street dancing for good measure. Look and feel like Beyonce or Miley Cyrus as you dance to modern pop and hip hop tunes with a bit of extra pizazz. This style gives you a great all over body workout that builds strength, flexibility and stamina.

Try it if you like: Twerking it in the club, but want more of a challenge.

Find out more at www.moveitdance.co.uk

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