Find Your Groove: The Best Dance Workouts in Melbourne
Imagine, an exercise class that’s actually fun. Where the rhythm takes hold (not to mention the endorphins) and – before you know it – you’ve burnt off countless calories without even realising you’re working out. Believe us, such a thing does exist: it’s called dance fitness. And whether you’re a smooth mover or nothing of the sort, Melbourne has a studio that will suit your style. Introducing the best dance classes in Melbourne for fitness with a side of FUN.
Does the thought of dancing in front of other people make you break out in a cold sweat? Are you completely and utterly devoid of rhythm? None of this matters at No Lights No Lycra. Operating on the belief that everyone can dance, NLNL is a global movement and non-judgemental space where you can shake out the stresses of the week, free and in the dark.
120 Milswyn Street, South Yarra
A dance and fitness studio set in the beating heart of Melbourne, The Buzz is here to help you build the dancer’s body you’ve always wanted – along with increasing your strength, cardio level, flexibility and stamina. Offering everything from BootyBarre to Zumba, you’ll be encouraged to groove into your workout, all the while finessing your style and technique.
Level 1, 269-271 King Street, Melbourne
Yoga 213 will get your body moving with energetic yoga classes paired with pumping hip hop beats. Drawing inspiration straight from the streets of LA, this chilled, light filled Richmond studio comes alive with pops of colour and cheerful 90s memorabilia. So, whether you’re feeling a slow groove or something a little more vigorous – here’s where you can limber up and find your Zen.
97 Swan Street, Richmond
Whether your vibe is 80s Fit, Urban Contemporary, Dancehall Queen or Booty Work – The Space has your dance workout needs covered. Each of the casual, low-key classes offered require no booking and no previous experience (unless you choose to go advanced), so you can do your thing in complete comfort.
318 Chapel Street, Prahran
For the more holistic dance fitness fan, 5 Rhythms is a meditative dance practice with a focus on achieving mindfulness through a series of rhythmic movements. Quite unlike anything else, these sessions are the place to truly loosen up, let your inhibitions go and dance like crazy for two gloriously unguarded hours.
378 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North
Not your average CBD studio, Passion Dance runs wildly energetic classes that embrace contemporary street dance styles in all of their popping and locking glory. With everything from hip hop to urban and K-pop on offer, no matter what your niche is; they teach it. With plenty of space to move, these sessions are so fun, you won’t even realise you’re exercising.
Level 1, 594 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
If you’re a little nervous on the dancefloor but desperate to move, Group Therapy is the dimly-lit class you’re looking for. Free of mirrors and free of judgement, there’s a decidedly non-dance studio vibe and a low-key, warm community feel. Held in the gig room of an iconic Fitzroy pub, you’ll be whipping out your new-found skills in real life before you know it.
51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Having twirled its way into the mainstream due to its impressive strengthening and toning qualities, pole fitness is having a moment. And nowhere does it better than The Pole Room, an inclusive studio with an empowering female focus. Offering a workout that’s never boring – forget the gym, and start moving your core in a different way.
Level 6, 277 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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