Let’s face it, not everyone likes to go for a jog or endure the monotony of a stairmaster to stay in shape. Thankfully, the dance-exercise craze has reached Minnesota and brought with it a fun way to socialize and keep fit at the same time. The increased popularity of dance workouts can be seen with the number of dance studios and exercise classes making their appearances everywhere in Minnesota. Find time to check out any of these studios and have a blast staying fit.

Time Out Pilates/Fitness Studio
6001 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 866-0832

Time Out Studios offer the best combination of dance options for getting in shape. With professional dance and fitness instructors, classes are designed for the beginning dancer to the most advanced of clients. Try a Zumba workout, the Latin dance sensation that melts away fat. Also offered at Time Out is Step Fusion, a fusion of dance and muscle toning using a step bench. Other classes cater to a wider population and help clients reach their individual goals. Pay per class or invest in a membership.

The Firm
1010 2nd Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-3003

The Firm, in downtown Minneapolis, offers a unique variety of classes to help challenge your body to workout at maximum capacity. The energy throughout the studio is contagious and the classes are taught by fun and professional instructors. Try a Zumba class and dance to current popular music as well as older hits. Also popular at The Firm is Diva Doug’s step class. Doug puts on a show with costumes and banter while pushing you towards your maximum heart rate.

Southdale YMCA
7355 York Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 835-2567

The YMCA has become so much more than a gym with a pool. Today, the YMCA supports community programs and helps deliver fitness programming and youth activities to low-income families. Aside from being a highly recognized non-profit organization, the YMCA offers the best dance fitness classes in Minnesota. Zumba, Cardio Dance, Hip-Hop Hustle and Body Step are some of the many dance classes designed to keep you in shape. The Southdale YMCA in Edina also offers dance fitness and yoga to youth throughout the week.

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Knockout Bodies
2828 Anthony Lane S.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0826

If highly choreographed moves are not your style, try pole dancing to get yourself a toned and fit body. Learn the basics of pole dancing and have fun in a supportive and high-energy environment. Knockout Bodies also hosts parties and events for a unique experience. Classes range from the most clueless to the most advanced and are guaranteed to work your body out and tone muscles you never knew you had.

Jazzercise Edina Fitness Center
7111 Amundson Ave.
Edina, MN 55439

If you think the Jazzercise craze died with the 90s, you’re wrong. Minnesotans are still using this dance fitness phenomenon to get in shape and stay fit. Using a combination of jazz moves, hip-hop and ballet dance, you can burn approximately 10 calories a minute. Dance to top 40s hits, oldies tunes or just plain dance tracks while you have fun and get fit at the same time. Jazzercise is offered in community centers around the state and classes can be tracked down through the website.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.