How Many Calories Can One Burn Belly Dancing?

One of the most asked questions…

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How Many Calories Can One Burn Belly Dancing?

I often receive this question from my online students, especially those who are relatively new to training. As you know I don’t believe that belly dance is a magic pill to make calories melt away, although mass media often presents it as so. Sorry to disappoint you. It’s not about any particular dance s͟͟t͟͟y͟͟l͟͟e͟͟. Its about the i͟͟n͟͟t͟͟e͟͟n͟͟s͟͟i͟͟t͟͟y͟͟ of your training.

Yes, belly dance can serve such purpose too, but only if you approach your training more as a cardio workout. In this case, it can reach roughy up to 350 calories per hour, or even more. But if it’s a less intense version with slow moves or constant stops, then it will be around 200 calories per hour, as many other slow paced activities.

Basically, the higher your heart rate is during any physical activity, the more calories you burn.

In your own belly dance training do you prefer high intense sweaty sessions, or slow paced dance classes?

Author: Iana Komarnytska
Photographer: Pedro Bonatto

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