Whenever engaging in any form of exercise, it’s always important to get motivated. Music is generally the way to get there. Dance lessons in NYC tend to have good music, but when dancing, it’s essential to feel connected to the beat. Nothing is worse when you’re in the middle of a Zumba class and the teacher starts blasting Ricky Martin and you double over in laughter, unable to continue your workout. Laughter burns calories, but not as many as dancing does, seeing as laughing can hinder your ability to move. So don’t listen to Ricky Martin, as fantastic as he is. Here we offer some playlist options to get your blood pumping.
Pop: There’s often nothing better than sugary-sweet pop music to inspire some madcap moves.
“Hung Up“ by Madonna – Madonna is a master of all things dance. This is my personal favorite for getting things going.
“We Found Love” by Rihanna — “This video is perfect, and the song is so catchy and easy to dance to. I truly hope you find love, RiRi.”
“Indestructible ” by Robyn – Robyn is the most unappreciated pop artist ever. Her beats are infectious, her lyrics intelligent and relatable, and she’s an unbelievable dancer and live performer. She is the queen of everything.
Hip-Hop/R&B: Our personal favorite way to get down, there are endless hip-hop options to get you ready to dance.
“Get Me Bodied (Timbaland Remix)” by Beyoncé –Perhaps the catchiest Beyoncé song ever (which is really saying something), “Get Me Bodied” will inspire your body to do things. Like dance.
“Shake It To The Ground” by DJ Blaqstarr and Rye Rye –Just the title of this song inspires dancing.
Liquorice by Azealia Banks — Azealia Banks is poised to become a huge superstar. “Liquorice” off her new EP, isn’t as popular as the smash hit 212, but it’s perfect for the dance floor.
Electronic: A classic way to dance, electronic music has evolved a ton since the mindless rave beats of the nineties.
“Genesis” by Justice – This song is intense, and might inspire some full-body thrashing.
“Difficult” by Uffie – Uffie is never more adorable than on this track. Whenever I do anything involving a checkbook, I bust out “Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks” and bankers get confused.
“Express Yourself“ by Diplo — This might be our favorite song to dance to, ever.