Dancing is a relatively cheap and effective method for burning calories, as well as a way to meet new people and socialize with friends. Jazzercise combines jazz music and dancing with aerobic exercise to create an enjoyable physical activity.
The calories you burn with Jazzercise are calculated using a number of different factors. Your starting weight has a major impact, as does the specific move and the length of time you spend on any one move. The Harvard Medical School and NutriStrategy separate the calculations according to three separate weight categories.
If you weigh 155 pounds and spend 60 minutes doing Jazzercise, then you will burn 422 calories. If you weigh 185 pounds, you'll burn 490 calories every hour. If you weigh 205 pounds, over the same time period, you'll burn 558 calories. This is the equivalent calorie loss ratio as spending an hour playing a non-competitive game of basketball.
Other Types of Dancing
Using 155 pounds as the standard weight, Jazzercise will help you burn more calories than dances like the fox trot or the waltz, which will burn 224 calories per hour. Disco and ballroom dancing will help you burn 410 calories every hour. It's only ballet or "the twist" that burn more calories: an hour session of either will help you burn 446 calories.