16 Dance Move Tricks to Make You Fitter – La La Land-Inspired!
Oscar-nominated La La Land reignited a fire within us all for not only nostalgic, classic Hollywood movies but also the power of dance! If you’ve seen the film then you most probably shuffled your feet from side to side during the screening and on your out of the cinema too! Here are over a dozen of the best movie-inspired dance moves to get you back on track – let’s put the fun back into fitness!
#1 Twist & Shout
Remember the scene at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off where he danced to The Beatles’ classic “Twist & Shout” on the float? Recreate the freedom of his day off and work those hips, core, arms and legs all at once. Simply twist your core from side to side, as well as the soles of your feet. Move your arms in and out in sync – it’s impossible to do wrong!
#2 Footloose Dance
As impressive as it was, the Footloose choreographer has expressed that the dancing in the movie is supposed to be ordinary albeit fit people dancing and expressing themselves rather than professionals. In other words, let yourself go and build core strength and aerobic ability to express yourself in whatever way comes out – take large strides and flex those leg muscles!
#3 The Risky Business Slide
Don’t pretend that on a day alone in your home, you have never slid across the floor à la Tom Cruise in his early flick Risky Business. Spreading your feet hip distance apart and slowly slide one leg over to the over. Repeat, going quicker with each slide. Your legs and hips will be toned in no time.
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#4 All That Jazz
Chicago jazz hands at the ready guys! Begin by bending your legs, rolling your shoulders as you do so, and return to the beginning position. Repeat these squats in three sets of eight. Follow it up with high kicks to stretch your muscles and make them more supple.
Nobody is saying you’re going to be as pro as Jennifer Beals in the 80s flick Flashdance, but you can certainly gain some moves from her famous audition dance. Pirouette beginner-style by spinning with arms extended out. Follow this by big leaps kicking and reach up high with your arms, then high leg skipping.
#6 Billy Elliot Angry Tapdance
Again, nobody is expecting you to have the skill set required to get into a leading ballet school and win the affections of your hardass family, but that doesn’t mean you can never enjoy some tap and get frustration out simultaneously. Show ‘em how you do and channel your inner Billy Elliot.
#7 Saturday Night Fever
Let’s not pretend now. We’ve all done these moves as both a laugh and in front of the mirror right after watching John Travolta in his early years. Get those hips circling around and stretch your arms moving, from left arm pointing across and upwards to above your head in the left side. Repeat with the opposite arm. Jive baby!
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#8 Dirty Dancing Gets Dirty
If you want to try some dance moves with your other half, try imitating the secret party scene in Dirty Dancing and go full Swayze with your missus! The tip is to move isolated parts of the body and the hips, e.g. pulse the knees and lower legs to get some movement going while still keeping it a slow dance. This gets muscles toned over time and centres in on specific body parts to build strength there in general.
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#9 Singing in the Rain
One of the central moves in the famous “Good Morning” routine is the ‘kick ball change’ that is used in almost every form of dance from ballet and tap to hip hop. Kick one foot and step forward, putting that foot down. Kick with the other foot and step that foot down. Switch to the other foot and kick, then step your foot down. Your other foot should be slightly behind you. Tap the ball of that foot on the ground, then tap the ball of your other foot (so you’re changing balls).
#10 Drop Dead Gorgeous Tap
Remember Kirsten Dunst in her teens as the trailer park girl who enters the beauty pageant? Well we do, and we are having flashbacks to when we mimicked her tap routine as she strutted down the streets. Kick your feet forward as you skip along, moving your arms up and down one by one as you go. This is a great whole body workout.
#11 The Artist Tap Dance
Go back to black and white for some nostalgia-laden exercise! Using the simplest of moves, kick your leg behind the other, swinging your arms in the breaststroke move. Every few kicks, pause and keep your leg balanced mid kick, so it is perched mid air. Then repeat.
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#12 The Black Swan
You don’t have to go mentally unhinged to retain some gains from this ballet based film. Using the pivotal dance scene from the movie, move both arms in sync in a flying style move, as if flapping your wings. Do it slowly and steadily, moving them from the base of your hips to above the head. Every six beats, pivot on your feet into a twirl. Like Pilates or yoga, this works on core strength.
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#13 Pulp Fiction
That’s right, knowing the dance moves from the Tarantino cult film not only makes you pretty awesome but will keep you limber! Keeping your feet on the floor, pivot in a semi circle on the balls of your feet while bending the back forward, pointing your arms forward one at a time.
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#14 Step Up Style
Step Up gave us a dancing Channing Tatum, and oh how we swooned! One of the easiest and most effective moves to take from this to get you fit and lean is ‘the bird move’. Begin in a squat, feet together and your arms crossed over your chest. With your right foot, take one step to your right, opening up your knees into a plié squat as you open your arms. Step your left foot to the right so you’re back in your squat, closing your arms across your chest. With your left foot, take one step to your left, opening up into a plié squat as you spread your arms. Come back to your starting position.
#15 Fame Kicks and Splits
Doing what is known as ‘the chug step’, push forward on one foot and do large soldier steps for eight counts. Roll the shoulders forward and push the arms forward, as if pushing an invisible force in front of you.
#16 La La Land Couple’s Dance
This is the movie that has had the entire world mesmerized into a trance-like state watching its pirouettes and waltzing. The film choreographer Mandy Moore has spilled the beans on how to do the famous poster dance move. Turn 180° on one leg to face your partner. Step forward on one foot and hold your hands cupped on top of each other. Bending the knees akimbo, tuck one leg behind the other and simultaneously splay your arms outwards in airplane-style.