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Dance-inspired fitness videos can help you live out DWTS (or other) dreams

The popularity of reality dance television shows has begotten several workout DVD series. "So You Think You Can Dance" has a line of videos. Even "Dancing with the Stars" has its own line of videos, and the show's on-air professional dancers Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough have released fitness DVDs. Both are popular: Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom (*Est. $10) and Cheryl Burke's three-disc Disco Abs (*Est. $26).

In this same vein, dance videos, even those not associated with a television show, have escalated in popularity. Bollywood-style dance videos skyrocketed after the success of "Slumdog Millionaire," which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, and concluded with a Bollywood-style dance. Hemalayaa Behl leads the dance video category with her belly-dancing videos. Belly dancing helps tone the stomach and is considered a fun, low-impact regimen. We found very positive reviews for many of her DVDs, including Hemalayaa: Bollywood Dance Blast (*Est. $13) and Hemalayaa: Bollywood Party Workout (*Est. $15).

FitBottomedGirls.com named our Best Reviewed video Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty (*Est. $15) as one of the 10 best workouts for beginners. The video is known for its friendly, personable trainer and fun routines. Reviewers do not consider Bollywood Booty to be as challenging as other exercise videos that are not dance inspired, but recommend it for beginners or as great break from the regular routine. Some users wish Hemalayaa cued her video live and find the music fun, but repetitive. While the calorie burn is minimal, the overwhelming expert and user praise for the fun engaging style of this exercise video earn it our Best Reviewed Dance Video title.

Ballet videos and even country line dancing videos have also received a warm reception. In fact, Dance off the Inches: Country Line Dance Party (*Est. $10) receives good consumer reviews and was a top pick by iVillage as a fat-blasting, fun workout for beginners.

Tracey Mallet, another popular fitness guru, is also behind several of the more popular dance-inspired fitness DVDs. Her The Booty Barre (*Est. $15) receives positive feedback from both experts and users. The ballet-style moves are designed to tone and shape your lower body and strengthen the core.

For those who are more interested in classical styles, ballet-inspired DVDs are plentiful. Pure Barre is one of the better-known series and uses a hybrid of Pilates and ballet moves to "lift, tone and burn." The second edition, Pure Barre: Pershing Square (*Est. $19), was released in June 2011. Reviewers say that this DVD contains more advanced moves than Pure Barre's previous offerings and helps to tone the legs, glutes and abs in record time.

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Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty
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Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom
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Cheryl Burke Presents Disco Abs
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Bollywood Dance Blast
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Hemalayaa: Bollywood Party Workout
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Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance Party
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Tracey Mallett-The Booty Barre-Total New Body
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Pure Barre: Pershing Square 1: Ballet, Dance, Pilates Fusion Workout
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