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How many calories do I burn dancing?

How many calories do I burn dancing?

You can burn 105-620 calories dancing for 30 minutes.

It depends on how much you weigh, how hard you work, the type of dance, and the number of breaks you take. Below is a general estimate of how many calories you can burn during 30 minutes of various types of dance.

Slow paced ballroom dance

Waltz, foxtrot, samba, tango, mambo, chacha, etc.

  • If you weigh 150 lbs, you can burn approximately 105 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 200 lbs, you can burn approximately 145 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 250 lbs, you can burn approximately 180 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 300 lbs, you can burn approximately 215 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 350 lbs, you can burn approximately 250 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 400 lbs, you can burn approximately 285 calories in 30 minutes.

Fast paced ballroom

Line dancing, irish step, disco, folk, square dancing, polka, hula, swing, etc.

  • If you weigh 150 lbs, you can burn approximately 160 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 200 lbs, you can burn approximately 215 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 250 lbs, you can burn approximately 270 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 300 lbs, you can burn approximately 320 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 350 lbs, you can burn approximately 375 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 400 lbs, you can burn approximately 430 calories in 30 minutes.

Modern dance

Jazz, twist, jazz, tap, jitterbug, etc.

  • If you weigh 150 lbs, you can burn approximately 170 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 200 lbs, you can burn approximately 230 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 250 lbs, you can burn approximately 285 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 300 lbs, you can burn approximately 345 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 350 lbs, you can burn approximately 400 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 400 lbs, you can burn approximately 460 calories in 30 minutes.

Aerobic dance

  • If you weigh 150 lbs, you can burn approximately 230 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 200 lbs, you can burn approximately 310 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 250 lbs, you can burn approximately 385 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 300 lbs, you can burn approximately 465 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 350 lbs, you can burn approximately 540 calories in 30 minutes.
  • If you weigh 400 lbs, you can burn approximately 620 calories in 30 minutes.

You’ll burn fewer calories in a low-impact aerobic dance class and more calories in a high-impact aerobic dance class. Calories burned doing aerobics.

Sources:
Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Whitt MC, et al. Compendium of physical activities: an update of activity codes and MET intensities. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 32, No. 9, Suppl., pp. S498–S516, 2000.
Calorie calculations from equation: (METs x 3.5 x body weight in kg)/200 = calories/minute




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