Five Ways to Dance Yourself Fit This Fall

Break out the ballroom heels and tights—it’s time to take the calorie burn to the dance floor at one of these five Boston studios. 

Art by Jeannie Phan

If you want to learn ballroom…
Dip and twirl at Arthur Murray Dance Center

Ever watch an episode of Dancing With the Stars and wonder how the amateurs learned to waltz, cha-cha, and foxtrot only days before? This 100-year-old studio in the Back Bay will teach you. Master the intricacies of ballroom dancing with an introductory program that focuses on the three most important elements: foot position, rhythm and timing, and leading or following—BYO sparkly costume.

20 Park Plaza, Boston, 617-426-3335,

If you want to learn hip-hop…
Break it down with TrillFit

Custom soundtracks mixed by an in-house DJ. Toned bodies. Copious amounts of twerking. No, it’s not Saturday night at the hottest new club, it’s TrillFit’s signature dance-cardio class, which incorporates hip-hop-inspired choreography and high-intensity interval training into one intense sweat session. Actually headed out for a night on the town after class? The new Mission Hill studio boasts an on-site hair salon.

1484 Tremont St., Boston, 617-544-7690,

If you want to learn contemporary…
Point your toes at Urbanity Dance

You’ve seen them around town—now you can learn their secrets. When they’re not performing at events and festivals, the talented members of this South End company are coaching wannabe dancers of all ages and skill levels. Sign up for a 10-week course to reap the physical benefits of Urbanity’s contemporary dance classes, which blend ballet, modern, jazz, and improv techniques with yoga, cardio, and strength training.

1180 Washington St., Boston, 617-572-3727,

If you want to learn flamenco…
Baile at the Dance Complex

Got quick feet and plenty of passion? Try heating things up on the dance floor at this arts center, where top dancer Isaac de los Reyes teaches Spanish flamenco in beginner, intermediate, and advanced workshops. Characterized by hand-clapping and rapid hand, arm, and body movements, it promises to get your blood pumping. For those who need a little inspiration before swinging those hips, the complex’s 100-plus concerts a year featuring both local and national talent should do the trick.

536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-9363,

If you want to dance while on a trampoline…
Put some spring in your step at Barre Groove

Just 10 minutes of jumping up and down is equivalent to an hour of running. If that’s not enough to persuade you to sign up for the Total Groove trampoline class at Alanna Perry’s downtown studio, childhood memories of backyard acrobatics should be. Perry’s unique, heart-pounding method combines dance with weighted pom-poms (courtesy of her background as a former Patriots cheerleader) and barre with bouts of bouncing on individual JumpSport trampolines. Ready, set, leap!

52 Province St., Boston, 508-319-9287,