Dance Styles that Burn the Most Calories

What type of dance burns the most calories-Dancing is a great physical activity. It is a fun way to exercise and burn calories! ! The health benefits of taking dance lessons at our Chicago West Loop Fred Astaire Dance Studio might even be better for you than a joining a gym!

Switch up your workout routine and have some fun on the dance floor! Dancing at our Chicago West Loop studio can help your body burn off those calories! Different styles of dance will focus on different parts of your body, but they all will get you moving and give you a healthy dose of endorphins that comes from exercise.

Here are a few different dance styles and the number of calories each burns. Keep in mind that the number of calories burned will vary depending on each person’s body weight and mass, as well as how high impact the dancing style is.


This festive, upbeat dance style is among the best for ultimate calorie burning! Dancing Samba will work every inch of your body, including your hips, glutes, arms. Your body will be burning up to 500 calories an hour while you dance the Samba!


When you dance Salsa, you will be burning a ton of calories on the dancefloor. You probably won’t even realize how much of an exercise you will get from dancing Salsa! This sensuous dance style will have you moving your waist and hips, which is great for trimming your mid-section. Salsa also incorporates movements that will work your core and glutes. This dance style will help you burn about 400 calories per hour.


Swing will give you a moderate to intense cardio workout. There is a lot of jumping, twirling, and twisting movements involved in Swing. You may even be throwing around your partner’s body weight. This bouncy dance style can have you burning between 300 and 550 calories per hour.

Cha Cha

Cha Cha has you moving every part of your body: legs, waist, hips, and even arms! This passionate dance includes several steps, lateral hip movements and arm movements that will have your body working in overdrive. You will be burning 400 calories per hour dancing Cha Cha.


Jive is a high-energy dance that is a great aerobic workout. This dance involves kicks, partner lifts, jumps and knee bends that will greatly increase your heart rate. Get ready to find yourself out of breath at the end of routine, but it will be worth it! You will be surprised at how much fun Jive dancing is! Expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories per hour dancing Jive.

Are you ready to burn calories and have fun on the dancefloor? All of the dances taught at Fred Astaire will help you enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle! Contact Chicago West Loop Fred Astaire Dance Studio today for more information about our dance lessons and exciting upcoming events.