Leap your way to a high calorie burn.
Ballet may seem like all pointed toes and graceful poses, but it is an active workout that makes for an effective calorie burner. The prototypical ballet dancer's body is very lean, and that's due in part to the intense workout they get when taking a ballet class. The number of calories you burn while doing ballet varies based on your weight and the intensity of the class you choose.
Check Class Intensity and Duration
Ballet classes come in a variety of durations and activity levels. To burn the most calories you should look for a class that's at least an hour long and has an equal focus on bar work, petit and grand allegros, jumps like grand jetГ©s, and turns like pirouettes. A class that focuses more on traveling across the floor turning and leaping with little rest in between versus slow and sustained movements at the bar will burn far more calories, according to pro ballerina Mary Helen Bowers. Another feature of some ballet classes that will up the calorie burn is called a "combination." This is essentially a short, choreographed dance number that you learn and repeat over and over at the end of the class. The combination might be from a famous ballet, such as the Danse des Petits Cygnes from "Swan Lake."
Compare Calories Burned
Depending on your size, the number of calories you burn will vary. For a 150-pound person, an hour of intense ballet will burn 405 calories, while a 125-pound person can expect to burn 337 calories, according to Healthstatus.com. As you shed pounds, you will need to up the activity level or length of the ballet class to keep burning the same number of calories.
Added Benefits of Ballet
In addition to being a great calorie burner, all the pliГ©s and leaps in ballet also work those hard-to-tone areas like the inner thighs and the derriere. Other added benefits include better posture, flexibility and balance. There is also the enjoyment factor; studies show that you'll stick to an exercise routine if enjoy doing it.
Try Ballet-Inspired Workouts
Because ballet dancer's bodies are so coveted, there have been many ballet-inspired workouts created, according to the "New York Times." These classes and DVDs tend to be bar focused with calorie burns falling between 350 to 400 calories per hour, according to the Bar Method Chain. If you find the idea of a formal ballet class intimidating, a ballet-style DVD or class might be a good way for you to start.