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Weekly fitness trends: get a dancer's body

On September 20, The Fit List on FitnessMagazine.com highlighted pro-dancer Chelsie Hightower's workout tips. Here are some workouts to try to sculpt your body like a dancer.

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) included specialty exercise dance classes (ethnic dance, hooping, pole dancing and Zumba) as one of the top ten fitness trends of 2010.

The ACE noted, "Fusion-type classes will be popular among fitness enthusiasts that want to switch up their typical workout programs."

The way to a dancer's body is to dance and stretch a lot.

Pilates and bar/barre workouts are popular for stretching, strengthening the core and attaining lean elongated ballerina tone.

Here are five exercises you may want to add to your routine recommended by Hightower: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/real-plans/celebrity/chelsie-hightowers-workout

If you decide to commit to a new dancing regime, you might want to eat like a dancer. Terry Finch, a dance teacher and choreographer, recommends: eating six small meals a day, plenty of water, Omega-3 fatty oils from fish, skim milk, high fiber snacks (broccoli, carrots), good carbohydrates (apples, bananas, pears, whole grains, yogurt with nuts) and avoid anything with hydrogenated oils, trans fats or added sugar.