Saturday 11 November 2017


What’s the easiest way to get a firm butt? When we think of dancing, it’s rarely considered a real workout because, well it’s fun. Yet - with its amazing ability to burn calories, dancing is fast becoming the failsafe strategy of women who are looking to get their derrieres in shape, the fun way. KAREN from KAREN HARDY DANCE STUDIOS tells us 5 dances that will make you want to shake that booty; 1. THE SLAP – this move works well with house music, and will work your glute muscles whilst you have fun.

HOW TO DO IT - start standing with your legs about 2 feet apart. Bend your right knee and lift it up to hip height as you hop up off your left foot and brush the top of your right knee with your left hand (as if you're trying to brush off some lint). Step down quickly and repeat the move bending your left knee up, hopping off your right foot, and brushing with your right hand. The accent of this move is 'up' rather than down into the floor.

2. TWERK – While the violent twerk for a bigger butt gyrations and shaking of the derriere conjures images of MILEY CYRUS, there is no doubt among party workout enthusiasts, that twerking is a great way to improve your booty’s shape. HOW TO DO IT - Bend and straighten your legs along with the rhythm of the music. You can also shake and move your booty as you twerk. To do the regular twerk, just arch your back and then hallow it out, letting your booty move up and down, up and down. For the Miley, quickly wiggle your hips from left to right.

3. PLIÉS IN 1ST AND 2ND POSITION – this move, usually reserved for ballerinas, works your butt muscles to create the perfect shape. HOW TO DO IT - Start in 1st position, heels together, toes apart, legs straight. Slowly bend knees as far as possible while keeping heels on the floor and tracking knees over toes. Straighten back by spiraling inner thigh muscles forward and engaging the glutes. Move to 2nd position, hips slightly wider than hip-width, toes pointing out, legs straight. Slowly bend knees as far as possible while keeping heels on the floor and tracking knees over toes.

4. BODY ROLLS – The dance itself is a series of shimmies, hip rolls and figure 8 motions that count as a low impact cardio exercise that can burn as much as 300 calories per hour. HOW TO DO IT - Take a wide sumo stance (basically, a wide squat with your toes pointed out slightly outward. Your thighs should be nearly parallel to the ground, with your arms out to the sides for balance. Staying low to the ground, rotate your pelvis clockwise, using your butt and chest to exaggerate the motion. Continue rotating to the beat, and switch directions at every chorus.

5. KENNIS PULLS – This is a dance move you will love. This workout also helps work the hips, abs and arms. HOW TO DO IT - start with a wide stance with your knees slightly bent. Without lifting your feet off the ground, twist your hips the left and extend both fists in the same direction. Then, bring both fists in toward your waist as you turn your left leg to the side and stick your butt out to the right. Then, reach both fists out to the right side as you simultaneously bring your toes back to center and twist to the right side. Again, bring your fists in toward your waist as you turn your right toes to the right side, and stick your butt out to the left. Continue alternating sides until you're comfortable. Then, try a single-single-double combo. In other words, left-right-left-left, then right-left-right-right (as pictured). Your butt should pop to the beat. KAREN HARDY DANCE STUDIOS offer a range of services, including technical group classes, private teaching, wedding dance lessons, tuition for children and private hire for parties. They also do children’s parties, and there is access to The Ballroom Clock, an online member’s area that provides exclusive discounts and promotions to luxury lifestyle brands and services. KAREN HARDY DANCE STUDIOS members receive expert private tuition from some of the dance world’s greatest award winning teachers, many of whom are championship dancers themselves. Lessons take place at their state-of-the-art studio in London’s prestigious Imperial Wharf; a glamorous yet professional environment in which to master your steps.

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