Hey there! Today’s post is quick and to the point, so that you can get to doing more of what this’ll is all about- dancing! I don’t know about you, but with exercise if it’s not dancing I won’t do it! Me and the gym? Not friends. So how do you stay motivated when you can’t get to class? Well luckily we have the wonderful world of YouTube! Of course, you can get into a routine at home and do the same thing every day, but after a while it just gets… stale. And having someone talk you through it, is just more fun than doing it on your own.
So here below I have listed some of the best dance workouts you can do from home. These are my favourites and because 13 is my lucky number I have 13 to get you started. Several of these are ballet focused because for me ballet is my bread and butter, it’s what I always go back to to centre myself and get strong and flexible again, it exercises EVERYTHING! Some of these are class focused and you’ll need a certain amount of training and knowledge to follow, but I’ve also included quite a few that you can just follow along whatever you’re level, so hopefully whatever you need, you’ll find some gems in here. I’ve also included a variety of dance styles, some are more serious and some are just fun!
1. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Barre with Kathryn Morgan
This is much the same as when you go and do an open class. But from the comfort of your living room. It’s also a good brain workout, just make sure you have a surface roughly barre height that you can use to hold onto. (Kitchen counter surfaces can be good for this.)
2. Sweaty Betty Ballet Bootcamp Workout
That’s right, not only do they do gorgeous clothing, they also do great workouts! This is one of the best dance workouts you can do as it has a strong ballet focus as the title suggests and you’re guaranteed your every muscle will feel it the next day. The good news? You don’t need a barre! Ideal for home practise.
3. Sweaty Betty Ballet Boot Camp enCORE Workout
This is actually my favourite one of the two and these lovely ladies both used this to get back in shape after becoming mums, so if you’re feeling out of practise you can be sure this workout will help get you back in shape.
4. Ballet Bootcamp
Because you can never have too much ballet, here’s another one for ya!
5. Motion Medicine
I love this gal! She has so much amazing video content. Although there isn’t loads on YouTube yet, she posts a ton of workouts on Instagram, so you can also look for extra ones there.
Now these can be a little hardcore, so if you find it too challenging, don’t be afraid to build up gradually. For the longer videos you can also take rest breaks and leave the video running and then join back in when you can. You will definitely feel the burn from these and there’s lots of different ones to choose from so start small and work you’re way up.
6. 20 Minute Abs Workout With Leilah
This lovely lady has tons of online belly dancing tutorials. Not only does she break down the moves for beginners, but you get a fantastic workout too. She has so many tutorials you can choose from making these some of the best dance workouts you can do from home. Her videos are always inspiring and she brings a lovely enthusiasm which makes her great to learn from. Needless to say as a dancer it’s important to keep learning new skills so this is a great place to start. This type of dance is also particularly good for practising isolations-I like this video below especially as it’s all ab work you can do standing, which means it requires very little space. Perfect for at home use!
7. 30 Minute Dance Vixen Workout
If you’re fancying something a bit commercial, this one’s for you. It won’t be working your brain that much, but it’s a fun dancey workout. And if you’re more advanced you’ll find the challenge in the stamina. Either way there’s something here to suit you.
8. London Contemporary Dance School
If you’re missing class, then look no further. This one requires a bit of patience as it can be a little slow moving but it’s pure contemporary so great to have to get the feeling of doing class without leaving your living room.
9. SDC Technical Warmup
Short but sweet. Let’s face it, there may be days when we can’t give hours, only minutes. Or days where we need to go lighter on the training. If so, then this one’s for you. It’s concentrated, but short. Just enough to feel the burn.
10. Technica De Danza Contemporanea Graham
One of the cornerstones of contemporary: graham technique. If you haven’t had a chance to learn this yet, this is a great place to start.
11. Cunningham Technique Company Class
Another great fundamental technique for contemporary, check this one out.
12. Dance With Julianne Cardio Ballroom
I adore Julianne Hough. She is an amazing dancer, so naturally her workouts are very dancey too. This workout is all about building a phrase- the repetition is a killer but it’s worth it. This is another one to dip in and out of whilst you leave it running. Take your time building up your stamina. It’s created with normal people in mind, not just dancers which makes it one of the best dance workouts you can do from home.
13. Facebook Live Workout With The Rockettes
Last but not least, this workout will get your kicks looking wonderful. This is a good in between workout as there are quite a few gaps where they talk through things, so you can chill in between with this one.
So there you have it. Let me know how you get on with these, and feel free to add other suggestions in the comments!