Dance classes can be challenging for the mind and body as you try to learn choreography, but “once you get the hang of it and shed your insecurity, it’s the most fun workout," says Sadie Kurzban, a dance instructor and the founder of 305 Fitness, a dance cardio studio in New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Until the moves become second nature, there are ways to make the process easier. “Focus on the footwork and get that down before you add the arm movements,” advises Kurzban. “It’s difficult to coordinate the upper body and the lower body at the same time with the music.”
Remember: The more consistently you go, the more quickly you’ll progress, since many classes repeat routines. Also, try picking a class time that’s off-peak (as in, not 6 p.m. on a weeknight) so the instructor can give you more attention. If you’re still feeling self-conscious, bring a partner. “If you have a friend you feel good with and can laugh with, that always makes it fun,” says Kurzban.