Fitness DVDS to take your moves beyond the ‘Evolution of Mom Dancing’
By Aimee Heckel
Occasionally — very rarely, in fact — you see a video online that belongs in a vault worth preserving forevermore.
One that’s better than Chocolate Rain. (Warning: Do not click unless you want the song stuck in your head for three days.) We’re talking a clip that belongs on Bestviral.com’s top viral videos list (like “Charlie bit my finger — again”).
Something like, oh, how about the first lady doing the Dougie?
Enter the Evolution of Mom Dancing, a performance that first appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in February, and has since become an Internet sensation, with millions upon millions of hits. The skit, in honor of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, was designed to encourage parents to get up and get moving. (Think doing the Single Ladies dance — uh, but just the hand part.)
If you’re looking to get moving, but want to expand your repertoire beyond the Pulp Fiction and “Driving the Station Wagon,” here are some of our favorite dance programs to inspire you:
Zumba. These pre-choreographed, Latin-inspired group fitness dance classes are designed for people with with all levels of dance background (even none) and all levels of fitness. Get started at home by picking up a Zumba DVD. We love the Exhilarate program for $59.95. Or pick up the new Zumba CD for $10.98.
Dance with the stars — in your house. Two-time Dancing with the Stars winner Julianne Hough has her own dance fitness DVD, Dance with Julianna: Cardio Ballroom DVD, $19.95 at Sports Authority.
Feeling old school? Pick up a Jazzercise DVD online for $16.99. But before you think you know everything about modern Jazzercise, get this: The company also offers Jazzercise burlesque, ballet body and Latin dancing DVDs.
And just in time for Father’s Day, here’s one for you dads: The Evolution of Dad Dancing, thanks to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Note: Don’t get your hopes up; this one’s without Barack Obama. However, it does include the Point When You Want To and the famous Grab and Thrust. So there’s that.
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