Adult Dance Classes at the JCC Indianapolis

Adult Aerobic Dance Classes at the JCC Indianapolis


Our dance classes at JCC Indianapolis are first and foremost cardio fitness classes with dance-like moves. The “cardio” part means working to achieve a target heart rate, increasing metabolic rate, burning calories, and improving stamina. The “dance” part is for participants to have so much fun, they don’t even realize they’re getting a great cardio workout! Looking for Youth Dance? See our youth dance classes for ages 3 and older.

Group Exercise Schedule

Cardio (Aerobic) Dance

The JCC offers Cardio Dance, a fitness class that’s first and foremost a cardio workout, with dance moves mixed in. We also offer Zumba. For more about Zumba, click below.

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Xtreme Hip Hop Step

Level up your aerobic step class by dancing to hip hop music in this energetic cardio workout!

Benefits of Dance as Exercise

    It’s fun.

    The more you enjoy your exercise routine, the more likely you are to stick with it. Many people say they have so much fun dancing that they forget they are actually exercising.

    Great for weight loss.

    Aerobic dance is a powerful exercise with a 600 to 1,000-calorie burn in just an hour.

    Tones your entire body.

    You may feel sore in places you never knew existed, but it gets results. Aerobic dance targets lots of different muscle groups at once for total body toning.

    Boosts your heart health.

    You not only get aerobic benefits (it really gets your heart rate up), but you also get anaerobic benefits – the kind that help you maintain a good cardiovascular respiratory system.

    Makes you happy.

    Every time you exercise, you release endorphins, which trigger positive feelings throughout the body.

A Cardio Dance Class Is Best Suited for …

  • Those looking for a high aerobic cardio workout that’s moderately intense.
  • Women ages 24-55+ looking to lose or maintain weight.
  • Working professionals who want to maximize the small amount of time they have available to get a full-body workout.
  • What to Expect


      It is best to wear yoga pants and light tops and footwear, or items that allow for freedom of movement that won’t tangle easily. Bare feet are not allowed for hygiene reasons.


      Our Cardio Dance and Zumba classes are free as a benefit of membership and are for JCC members only.


      Check our Group Exercise schedule for dates and times.

    JCC Cardio Dance Instructors

    Lindsey Jay

    Lindsey’s passion for fitness skyrocketed her senior year of college at Ball State University – she ran her first mini marathon that year (2012) and has averaged 1-2 mini marathons every year since. She became certified to teach Zumba in 2014 and A.C.E. certified for personal training in June 2020.

    Lindsey’s personal experience of staying fit through pregnancy and then working on toning and losing weight postpartum has led her to specialize in working with pregnant and postpartum women, helping them regain core strength that was lost during pregnancy.

    While she loves helping everyone in their fitness journey, she has a special place in her heart for helping women feel confident in their own skin and creating healthy routines to implement.

    Alexis Ingram

    Alexis started practicing Pilates after being diagnosed with scoliosis as a young dancer in her hometown of Miami, Florida and was lucky enough to have Pilates classes in the curriculum at her high school, New World School of the Arts. A lifetime lover of somatic movement practices, Alexis graduated from Butler University with a B.A in Dance Pedagogy, and under the the guidance of her mentor and friend, Montse Cosin, she completed her Stott Pilates training. Alexis is a NCPT certified Pilates teacher, 200hr RYT Sattva Vinyasa yoga teacher, certified Nurturing Pathways instructor, and Yoga for Breast Cancer teacher. She is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.

    Anni Hine

    Anni has been teaching dance since high school and Zumba since 2007, when she was certified by celebrity fitness trainer and creator of Zumba, Beto Perez. Anni loves Zumba because of all the fun and diverse music, rhythms, and cultures she has gotten to learn about through dance. “Zumba is perfect for everybody and every body!  Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.” Anni looks forward to working out with you!

    Debbie Thompson

    Debbie is a certified Xtreme step instructor but don’t let the name scare you away from trying something new and different! Debbie’s classes are a “you do you” environment where everyone progresses at their own speed and comfort level. Beginners are welcome to keep their feet flat on the floor with the basic patterns and movements. Platform steps are available for those who want to step it up a bit. For more experienced steppers, Debbie will add optional step variations to the basics. You choose the level you do and burn calories, tone muscles, and have a great time – what a combination!! A bit about Debbie – she wasn’t always fit and fine. She’s lost 60+ pounds and understands how tough life can be. She offers encouragement and support to her students – age, weight, stress – this class is for you. Debbie looks forward to meeting each one of you!

    Fitness Is a Core Jewish Value

    At the JCC, fitness isn’t just something we do; it’s who we are. Although exercise is not mentioned in the Torah, taking care of one’s health is. In fact, while other belief systems advocate for the healing power of prayer, Judaism encourages people to look after their health and seek counsel from medical experts. In Judaism, good health is not a goal in itself; rather, it is a means to an end – to serve the Creator.

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