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WE TRIED IT: WERQ is non-stop dancing

Updated: January 6, 2014 6:09AM



Ever notice when you are dancing at a wedding — or a club — you feel like you could dance forever?

You might get tired, but as soon as you head back to your seat, a new song comes on that keeps you going.

WERQ, a dance-only cardio workout created by two Chicagoans, uses that non-stop mentality to give a real workout.

Got two left feet? Not a dancer? That’s not really a problem. The teacher will put on a playlist and start dancing, and you’ll just mimic the steps. You won’t have to memorize the choreography because she’ll do it with you the whole time.

In a one-hour class, you’ll dance to 15 songs that are on pop radio stations, the Billboard Top 100 or the iTunes store top downloads list. If you can’t stand one song, it will change — but not before you quickly learn that song’s dance, which could have you hopping, squatting, grapevine-ing and more. And if you love a certain song, you might find yourself re-energized when you hear it.

Instructors switch out the songs’ rotation in the classes slowly as they lose their popularity, so once you go to one WERQ class you’ll likely dance to most of the same songs in the next. And no matter what gym you visit, WERQ class choreography is the same.

There are tricks to learning the songs — dance moves mimic lyrics, groups of movements repeat as the chorus repeats — but there are absolutely no breaks. You’ll definitely be moving for an hour.



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