8 Family-Friendly Dance Workouts
Online dance workouts to keep the family moving through the winter.
Hit the floor and press play! All you need for these hype-filled routines is a body, some water, maybe a towel, and whatever sense of rhythm you can muster. Of course, you don’t have to get all the moves right, it’s all about getting active and having fun.
KIDZ BOP Fitness and Dance Class
Get down to popular music with young song and dance ambassadors, the KIDZ BOP Kids. Head to KIDZ BOP’s YouTube channel and find their Dance Along Videos collection for more than 70 choreographed routines. Ages six to 12. Free.
The Ballet Coach
Join Sarah Du-Feu, the Ballet Coach and former English National Ballet dancer, for fun and confidence-boosting exercises. Find imaginative ballet story videos for tots, all the way up to barre fitness class for teens and adults. Age two and up. Free classes on YouTube. $13-$20 monthly for a membership. theballetcoach.com
While dancing, stretching, running, jumping, deep breathing, and wiggling to the music, instructors also teach kids about a whole world of things from homophones (see the Blazer Fresh channel) to cleaning up messes (see the MooseTube channel). Ages five to 12. Free.
National Dance Institute virtual classes cater to movers and shakers pre-K to sixth grade. Children can participate in brief warm up videos, movement with storytelling, and choreography. Closed captioning available. Open to all ability levels. Free.
Look up this popular interactive video game on YouTube and follow along with visually cued choreography. Learn routines to contemporary tunes and songs outside of your usual playlists. Age 10 and up. Free.
Check out what the global network of Zumba instructors offer on their online portal. Use a searchable calendar to find classes from different countries and for different focuses such as Zumba Kids, Zumba For Every Body, and Zumba on Wheels. Age four and up. Drop-in rates from free to $15.
The always sunny mother-daughter duo Kukuwa and Cass lead African Dance workouts filled with moves that are fast and full-bodied. The Mama and Baby Series (subscription required), led by master Kukuwa trainer Kree, shows parents how to move through exercises with a babe in the womb, strapped on back, or clutched to the hip. Free, shorter dance workouts are on YouTube. $15 monthly subscription for the whole collection.
Wheelchair Dancers Organization
All ages, all ability levels, and all kinds of dance enthusiasts are welcome to join these inclusive workouts. Each class is taught by instructors with varying abilities who create a space for all to enjoy dances in hip hop, latin jazz, and bollywood. Some previously-recorded sessions are available on the group’s YouTube and a schedule of live streamed events is online. Free, donations accepted.