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 many health benefits of taking dance lessons at the New York East Side Fred Astaire Dance Studio might even be better for you than joining a gym!

Switch up your workout routine, and have some fun on the dance floor! Dancing in our New York East Side Dance Studio can help you burn a ton of 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 with 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. Hip, glute, arm and feet movements involved in Samba will work every inch of your body. 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. This sensuous dance style will have you moving your waist and hips, which is great for trimming your mid-section. Salsa dancing incorporates movements that will work your core and glutes. This dance style will help you burn about 400 calories per hour.


Swing is a moderate to intense cardio workout. It requires fast footwork and often throwing around your own—and possibly your partner’s—body weight. This dance style can have you burning between 300 and 550 calories per hour.

Cha Cha

The Cha Cha has you moving every part of your body: legs, waist, hips, even arms! It includes several steps, lateral movements and arm movements that will have your body working in overdrive and can have you burning 400 calories per hour.


This high-energy dance is a great aerobic workout. Long kicks, partner lifts, jumps and knee bends 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 is! Expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories per hour dancing Jive.

Are you ready to make dancing your next healthy hobby? All of the dances taught at Fred Astaire will help get you in shape and have fun! Contact Fred Astaire Dance Studio today for more information about our dance lessons and upcoming schedules.