UnderReview: Dance ’til You Drop!

Nope, that’s not the name of a workout DVD. Instead, it’s what I’ve been doing in order to review three of the latest dance workouts: Dance and Be Fit, Dances of India and Dance with Julianne! Read on for a hip-shaking, booty-bopping round-up and a chance to win several dancerific workouts!

Dance and Be Fit

The Dance and Be Fit line of workouts has a ton of variety, so whether you’re looking to tone your abs or firm your lower bod, you’ll be able to find a dance workout to fit your needs. I rocked out the Lower Body Burn workout, and while it’s a solid DVD, it didn’t blow me away. The instructor cued by voiceover, which I never prefer to a talking trainer.  The seated warm-up felt a little awkward to me; I tend to prefer standing movements to get limber, rather than the hip openers and straddle stretches that were key in this warm-up.

The Dance and Be Fit segments were fun and easy to learn, and while it’s cardio and toning  in one, I thought it best for a recovery day, rather than when you need a kick-your-butt workout. The Heavenly Hips section focused on hip-swiveling moves—great for the hips and the core. I found the Lovely Legs segment to be much more fun, and they even disguised lunge-type moves as dance. Nice!

Bonus: Eighteen additional minutes of two other Dance and Be Fit series earned this DVD an extra half star!

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★
Music: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★

Overall: ★★★

Best for: Those who don’t like surprises and need an easy-to-follow dance workout.

Dances of India: Urban Bhangra Bounce

For those who love the culture of India and enjoy Bollywood-esque dance workouts, Dance of India is for you. This fun and energetic workout is easy to follow and chock full of unique dance moves that I’d never seen before. You learn all of the moves for each combination before putting them together at the end. Once you learn the Dance of India routine, you can jump straight to the advanced workout and skip the lessons.

The dance moves were fairly easy to learn, although they do take a bit of coordination (think arms doing one thing while your bottom half is doing another). You’re bhangra bouncing and kicking and punching your arms and shrugging your shoulders for the whole workout. And it really is a workout; the constant Dances of India bouncing keeps your heart rate up but isn’t too high intensity that you can’t keep up. The negative? Again, no live cuing. (I hate that, can you tell?)

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★
Music: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★1/2

Best for: Those who want a unique, high-energy Indian dance experience.

Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom

I’ve watched Dancing with the Stars only sporadically, so I can’t say trying Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom was at the very top of my workout priority list. Even though the show is fun to watch, I had it in my head that a ballroom dancing workout would be boring. I may not have been a Julianne Hough fan before trying this DVD. But after trying it? I love her! Not only is she an awesome dancer, but she alsoturns out to be a great instructor and dance teacher. She turns the cha cha, the jive and the paso into super-fun cardio workouts.

When you first pop in Dance with Julianne, you’ll want to take the private lesson with Julianne. In the lesson, she’ll go over the steps from the workout and give you pointers and tips for doing them well so that you’ll get the most toning bang for your buck. After the lesson, you’ll do the workout, which consists of a great warm-up (complete with a squatting cabbage-patch move; that’s for you, Jenn!) and then all of the ballroom combos themselves. The moves are easy-to-follow, high-energy, and will get you breathless. Julianne’s energy and sass comes through in a big way to keep you motivated and on track. Plus, she’s cute as a freakin’ button and makes leg warmers look cool again. For real!

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★★1/2

Best for: Those who want an updated ballroom dance workout with a fresh and sassy trainer!

Fit Bottomed Line: If you like basic, go with Dance and Be Fit. If you like your dance to bounce, go with Dances of India. If you want a refreshing and fun take on ballroom, Dance with Julianne is your DVD!

Erin

Disclosure: All DVDs were provided by their respective manufacturer, but in no way is this post or our review of products sponsored, influenced or paid for by any company. We tell it like it is!


Comments

  1. Kelly says

    I would love to win these videos! I’ve been taking Zumba classes for a year and the ‘dances of India’ are my favorites. I’m pregnant, due in September, and will not be able to use the child care center at the gym until she is six months old so I need to start preparing for six months of workouts at home to get my pre-baby body back!

    Good luck to all and thanks!

  2. Laura says

    I’m half way to my weightloss goal and I think I need to dance!!! Mix up my routine a bit, give my kids something to laugh at hahaha I’d love to win!

  3. Breanna says

    I like yo dance but i definitly have no moves……perhaps this will help. At least I can dance in the privacy of my own home and not traumatize anyone in the process! I would love to win any of these.

  4. Emma says

    I began running over the summer as an release outlet for some unexpected sour life events. Although they’ve since been resolved, I’m become addicted to running and working towards the army 10-miler in DC next fall! One of these DVDs would be a perfect cross-training activity!

  5. says

    Oh, I’d love to win one of these dance DVDs, especially the Bhangra Bounce. Not only do I love good dance workouts, but they inform my hoop dancing. Thanks for hosting this!

  6. says

    I’d love to win any of these especially Julianne Hough’s I think she is adorable and I love spicing up my workout with fun things like this!

  7. Robin H says

    I would love to win these. I Love working out with DVDs, it is so easy to mix things up with your work out.

  8. says

    I love trying different kinds of workouts, and every since I graduated high school, I truly miss dancing! I took class for 14 years! These DVDs look fun! :)

  9. Lizz says

    I’m so tired of the videos I have now. I would love to pump up the at-home workout with some new material!

  10. Jennifer White says

    I would love to win any of these, I have been looking for a good dance dvd to add to the mix.

  11. Katie Surridge says

    I teach dance classes and I would love to get some ideas from these videos! It would be good to brush up my skillz! ;)

  12. says

    I would love to add some dance workouts to my DVD collection! I get bored easily, so adding something with dance would definitely make things interesting.

  13. says

    I’m a fan of cardio dance – even if I do wish you were giving away Julianne’s, lol. I guess I’ll just have to break down and buy that one :)

  14. says

    I love dancing for fitness! I’ve been taking bellydance classes since June, and it’s helping me to become more aware of my body and how it can move. My studio used to offer a Bollywood-style dance class, but it didn’t fit my schedule; the Dances of India dvd would be a good substitute!

  15. Donna Roucoulet says

    I used to take dance lessons as a child, and as a parent have watched my daughters take them. I have often wished I could do it again, but alas, am too heavy to feel comfortable in a dance class. I would LOVE the dance workouts, any of them, and I think they’d be a fun way to get some fitness in. :)

    Thanks, as always, for all the reviews you do, and the giveaways too!

  16. Sarah says

    As fun as my Zumba classes can be, I’m always looking for DVD’s to have at home to ‘mix things up.’ Plus, trying a new workout shakes up your muscles in a new way and makes you that much stronger. I’d love to be able to try one of these workouts!

  17. Jenn C says

    Thanks for the DVD reviews FBG! They are my favorite posts on your website. Keep ‘em coming! I love DWTS and Bhangra dancing. I have seen Dance and Be Fit on FitTv and agree that’s it’s a simple workout great for that “recovery” day. Keep up the great work and giveaways!

  18. Amy says

    I took ballet for 12 years and would love to have some dance videos to add to my at home workout DVD’s.

  19. says

    I am uncordinated and need to be able to do anything like dance in the privacy of my own home! I love lifting and teaching it, but dance would be a new challenge for me.

  20. Ciara says

    I need a big push to get my exercise regime back on track. My husband was my workout partner. He’s in the marine corps and 1500 miles away from me for 4 1/2 more months. The dvd might help me say, “I wanna shake the junk off my trunk and able to run 10 miles again before he gets home in May!”

  21. says

    I have been looking high and low for an Indian workout DVD!! I tried the Bollywood workout, it was ok. I’d love to try this one!

  22. Nichol M says

    I would love to win these DVDs. I used to attend Zumba classes at my gym, but due to my work schedule, I can no longer attend. Now I run, but I would really like to shake things up again ;-)

  23. says

    Oh wow! How I would love to win these!! I used to Greek dance for 14 years, I did a little modern, tap and just loved to dance as a whole. As I grew older I found I had less and less time to dance and my weight has suffered from it. But now that I am back on the kick to get myself in good shape, these would be a perfect workout for me! I have such a hard time staying focused in repetitious steps of lunges and squats. Dancing would be a great (and most fun!) way to exercise…and maybe get me back into dancing as a hobby!

  24. Claudia G. says

    Working out has always something that I’ve always enjoyed doing, but since I commute an hour & a half to work and follow a family schedule there has been no time for the gym. I feel that these videos would be a great thing to win because I could do what I love in the comfort of my own home and on my own time. I love to dance and having a workout that incorporates it would be the best thing, plus DWTS has been one of my favorite shows & working out with Julianne would be great! Hope I win! Good luck to all the others!

  25. says

    These are so great! I’ve been working out to some on TV and they are so much fun!! It gets you moving and burning calories. I love dance workouts! I would love to win these…they are great!

    Jen :)

  26. Valarie says

    I am just starting my weight loss journey and am trying to stay motivated. I currently use Walk Away the Pounds and would love to get some different videos especially ones that are easy to follow. Thanks.

  27. Janet says

    LOL…I have always wanted to try a dance class but have NO RHYTHM so this would be great to do in the privacy of my home :-)

  28. carey says

    Love, love, love a dance workout. I would rather do 2 hours of dance than even 10 minutes of running. I enjoy the complexity and the need to concentrate on the steps rather than the monotony. With running, I’m just way too “in my head.” Dance workouts make me happy!

  29. sheila says

    I would love to win one of these videos. I am sick of my treadmill and need a new venue for expressing myself. I don’t like group exercise classes and prefer to work out at home. These all sound great. Good luck everyone!

  30. says

    I love Dancing With the Stars and would really appreciate these videos. My current videos are getting stale and it’s time for new energy. Dancing doesn’t even seem like exercise at all to me because its so fun.

  31. Kristen says

    I would love to win a dance DVD! I have never been very coordinated so I never really thought dancing-type workouts would be for me. But after reading your review (first time on site by the way – it’s AWESOME!! I heard about you over on SparkPeople!) I feel like I actually WANT to do a dance workout! I think it could really give me a much needed pick-me-up to my regular workout routine of run/walk and strength train. :-)

  32. says

    Well, I keep saying that I want to learn to dance… and I want to tone up. How lame is that? lol I’m 26 and can’t dance. Wait, I can do the Irish Jig and oldfashioned Squaredancing, but that is really going to be a hit at the clubs on Friday nights! Right? So, I would love to try something that will teach me something a little more hip… and get me in a little better shape. : )

  33. Dorothy says

    I need to reenergize me workouts and a Dance DVD may just be the ticket – besides it would be a great way to spend some quality time with my 9 year old daughter doing something that is fun and good for both of us!! thanks for a great website!

  34. Michele says

    I’d love to win these videos! I do a lot of cardio workouts, but I don’t do any actual dancing. I wouldn’t mind mixing it up a bit for a bit of fun and to give my body a new challenge.

  35. korrie says

    I would like to win because I hae lost 74lbs since Oct 2008 and the last 3 months I have pleatued. I need to change it up a bit to finish what i have started!!

  36. Milly says

    I have just started my healthy weight loss and get fit goals. I have lost and regained weight many times. I have incorporated fitness before but have always stuck to one thing. This time I am doing a number of things, doing videos at home (my daughter gave me two dance videos for Christmas and I bought one); doing a dance video three times a week at work with the girls; walking 2 days a week with the girls at work and using my wii fit plus. In the past I found I would start a program, stick to it for a couple of months and get bored. This time I am doing everything I can not to get bored. I even started a weight loss challenge at work which is a strong support group. I do everything I can to motivate them and at the same time they motivate me. A new dance video would be awesome to add to my collection. It would not only help me but also my girls at work. I just found your site and I am loving it. Way to go!!

  37. Amanda says

    I would love love to win these. I have an addiction to workout dvds. Mostly, I think, due to the fact that I’ve got absolutely no coordination, so I’d rather not embarrass the crap out of myself in public, and I’m hella broke so I can’t afford the gym…woe is me, right? LOL.

  38. Milly says

    Sorry, I just noticed the giveaways are for US residents only. I live in Canada. Not a problem, by writing my comment, it reinforced my goals to loose weight, get healthy and fit.
    Thanks

  39. says

    Thank you for the reviews. I’m loving your facebook fanpage and your website.
    I miss dancing. Dancing is FUN! These dvds look fabulous. If I win, I promise to share them with all my girlfriends and sisters. ( :

  40. says

    I would love to win one of these DVD;s. I need to add more activity to my day and would love to have some dancing in the evening.

  41. says

    Hi. I would like to win one of these DVDs because I really enjoy dancing, and I need something to work out with at home when I can’t make it to Zumba class. There is only 1 beginning Zumba class a week, and I have a hard time making it. So, I go to the regular ones, and they kick my butt!! I’m hoping for something that I can actually do!!

  42. Breebers says

    These all sound like they have something good going for them. I’m especially intrigued by the bollywood one. I sometimes do the workouts on FitTV’s ‘Shimmy,’ which I find is good for isolations, but would love something more energetic and bouncy.

  43. Karen says

    Would love to win the Dance and Be Fit DVDs. Have been overweight for too long now and at the beginning of the new year and decade recommitted myself to the journey of changing my lifestyle. Never have been big on exercise (a problem!) but love music and dancing. Am thinking these DVDs just might be the ticket to getting me moving.

    PS your website was refered to me and I will be back. Like the variety of material covered.

  44. says

    I don’t want to be entered.. but I have to say I LOVE Julianne’s dvd. her workout was definitely fun and totally enjoyable! glad to see you rated it just as high!

  45. Molly says

    I would like to win so I could add some differentiation into my routine. I usually do the same couple of dvd’s mixed with a treadmill. I think keeping it fresh will do my body good and keep me interested! Right now I’m a substitute teacher looking for a job…so my loans with rent, etc. keep me from a gym membership or fitness classes. Adding in one of these would be refreshing!

  46. Emily says

    I would Love these dvds because I travel alot and am away from the gym but still remain adament about working out and theses dvds would be perfect to do in my hotel room to get a change up of my cardio and hopefully fulfill my “Zumba fix” while I am away!!

  47. says

    I already have the Dance and Be Fit DVDs, but I would love to try out the Dances of India DVD. I get bored really easily and I find that trying out new DVDs is the best way to keep me motivated to work out in the mornings.

  48. Lynne says

    I have always liked working out to home videos and have never done a dance workout and they look like alot of fun for this 46 year old grandma who needs to keep up. I would love to win a new workout.

  49. Shari says

    I would love the workout videos! I am what you would call “clutsy” so I do not like to do classes at the Y. (When I do a class, I end up falling during some part of the routine!) It is very embarrassing!

  50. says

    Yes! I would love the videos! :) Great giveaway!!!

    Although I am not a “dancer” by definition… I have really come out of my shell with dancing in the past year. I challenged myself one day to do something I wouldn’t normally do – which was a Zumba class. May seem so simple… but to me – a BIG deal. And I had a blast!!! I called my husband right after and said, “I have a new love”! I’m not the most coordinated person… but I can catch on easily! I can only get to my favorite Zumba class once every two weeks… so this would be the “itch” I need on the weeks I can’t make it! :)

  51. Carrie says

    I love to dance and am certified as a Zumba instructor. I’ve lost 60lbs in the 10 months, but cannot get off the last 30 that I desperately need to lose. I’m always looking for a way to change up my routine and add a little bit more. I’m most excited for Julianne’s video, she’s amazing and hope to find new inspiration.

  52. says

    My daughter is turning 5 and thinks I am the best dancer. LOL. She loves to do dance workouts with me. I, we would love to win one of these!!!!

  53. Heather Frederick says

    Would love the Dance and Be Fit, first because I would love a new workout that I might stick to, and second, it sounds fun and I need a beginner one! Thanks FBG!! ;) ;)