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Belly DancerAccording to The Los Angeles Times, any doubts about the transformative abilities of ballroom dance should be dashed after watching one season of “Dancing With the Stars” and seeing celebrities going from flabby to fit in a matter of weeks.

Sure, they’re rehearsing five to six hours a day, week after week. But the spins, turns, lifts, kicks and fast footwork of the routines show the athleticism and technique that make up the waltz, tango, cha-cha and other dances.

“I think people are happy it’s a workout,” says Erin Stevens, president of the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Assn. “At the end of a class you feel like you’ve enriched your life in so many ways — you’ve burned calories and made friends and learned an art form.”

Workout intensity varies by dance, but all have something to offer. “In the rumba, which is a sensual dance, you work your hips a lot,” says Peri Rogovin, owner of 3rd Street Dance in Los Angeles, where many “DWTS” contestants rehearse. “That’s good for the waistline, and also for coordination.”

Faster dances, such as the salsa and cha-cha, build endurance, while slower ones, like the Argentine tango, feature more muscle control via leg extensions and holds, torso rotations and back posture. Legs get most of the workout in ballroom, but the arms are engaged as well, toning muscles and raising heart rates.

Dance will definitely tone and shape the body. Unfortunately, if there is sagging in the breast and volume has been lost due to age or pregnancy no amount of exercise will help to improve the look. Dr. O’Toole recommends a breast lift combined with breast augmentation for  a more aesthetically pleasing and youthful looking breast. With the tone achieved from dancing regularly patients will definitely have a body that helps to show off their dance moves.


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