TV Dance shows are a worldwide obsession, from US shows Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance to UK counterparts Dancing On Ice and Strictly Come Dancing. Watching a season of any of the top TV dance shows is testament to the effects of dance on the body, as you see the fat melting off the contending celebrities week after week. The weight loss is astonishing, and even the losers leave feeling like they've won the battle of the bulge. Check out our gallery of celebs who have danced their butts off, literally!
CLICK THROUGH OUR GALLERY TO SEE THE SHOCKING BEFORE AND AFTER PICS, AND READ ON TO DISCOVER HOW MUCH THESE CELEBS LOST AND WHERE YOU CAN DANCE YOURSELF SLIM IN THE UAE...
When Melanie Brown (a.k.a Scary Spice) was pregnant with her daughter Angel she piled on the weight, going up to 170 pounds. Eight weeks after the birth, she signed up for Dancing With The Stars and started rehearsing. While many women spend years trying to lose their baby weight, in a short seven months on the show, Mel B took off an incredible 50 pounds, shedding her pregnancy weight completely! Although she didn’t win the competition, her yummy mummy figure gains Mel B the winning spot on our chart.
Weight loss: 50 pounds
After appearing on Dancing With The Stars, Kelly Osbourne dropped 20 pounds, slimming down to an impressive US size 2! The once hefty daughter of rock-star Ozzy Osbourne used to always cover up in public, and seems shy about her weight, but since the show she has had the confidence to strip off for the camera for the first time, even appearing on the cover of Shape magazine in a bikini. You go girl!
Weight loss: 20 pounds
Rapper Lil’ Kim shed 20 pounds and toned up her tiny frame through a combination of healthy eating and exercise following her stint on Dancing With The Stars. Like a number of fellow participants, her weight plummeted after the weeks of intense rehearsal. Although Lil’ Kim was voted off the show after viewers failed to warm up to her, even though she consistently achieved high scores, she still left with the grand prize – a banging body!
Weight loss:20 pounds
On Dancing With The Stars, Ricki Lake had more to be happy about than reaching the finals, as she achieved a huge weight loss of more than 20 pounds, and several dress sizes! The talk show host started the competition a US size 8 and finished 15 inches slimmer and a US size 4, just in time for her wedding! Ricki credits her weight loss transformation to the endless hours of training she put in with dance partner her Derek Hough.
Weight loss: 20+ pounds
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Dance your way to a Hollywood body with these fun UAE-based classes.
Salsa is a fantastic way to keep fit, develop your rhythm and make friends at the same time! James and Alex do great classes four nights a week, for everyone from beginners to more experienced dancers. Classes take place at the Wellness Centre, Iberotel Emirates Grand Hotel on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, and at the Al Manhal Clubhouse, Palm Jumeirah, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Classes are prices at Dhs45 per hour. For more info, visit www.jamesandalex.com.
The ancient art of belly dancing is a great way to keep fit. You may feel ridiculous to start with but soon enough you’ll be wiggling your way to a slender yet womanly figure. Shake it like Shakira and give it a try with Nora Dance Group, where classes cost Dhs65 and take place at Dubai Marina Yacht Club. Visit www.noradancegroup.com or call 050 875 0111 for more info.
This call is a full-body workout that will put a smile on your face, using a range of moves from all over the African continent. Expect everything from body popping to arm flinging to squatting to the African beat. A drop-in class costs Dhs60, every Monday at 6.30pm. For more info about Exhale, located in Murjan, Jumeirah Beach Residence, visit www.exhaledubai.com or call 04 424 3777.
A fantastic exercise to develop core strength, flexibility co-ordination and muscle tone, Ballet is not only a dance for children but adults too. The Cello Music & Ballet Centre holds Adult Ballet classes every Tuesday at 7.15pm in JBR. Professionally-trained instructors tailor sessions around individual class needs, so whatever your age or ability there’s a class for you. 60 minute classes at JBR Al Fattan Shopping Centre Shop cost Dhs150. For more info, visit www.cellodubai.com or call 04 3995452.