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Calories Burned in Ballet Class

author image Leigh Reason
Leigh Reason has almost 20 years of journalism experience, editing and writing for publications such as "Movieline," "Live! Magazine,", FYI Living, and She has written extensively on fitness and nutrition, tennis, wedding planning and etiquette, cooking, restaurants, parenting, pets and gardening. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Skidmore College.
Calories Burned in Ballet Class
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The enviable dancer's body is lithe and lean and that's due to the amazing workout you get when taking a dance class. Ballet may seem like all graceful poses and pointed toes, but ballet is an active class that makes for a great calorie burner.

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As you stand at the bar and pliƩ and tendu away, then take to the floor for a series of pirouettes and arabesques -- you are burning a lot of calories. A 130-pound person burns 525 calories in a 90-minute class -- the common length of a ballet class -- while a 150-pound person burns 600 calories in that same class. Ballet is an effective all-over body workout that creates long, lean muscles, plus helps you improve balance and posture.

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