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Apple Fitness+ gets footloose with new Artist Spotlights and dance workouts

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Apple Fitness+ gears up for International Dance Day.
Apple Fitness+ gears up for International Dance Day.
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Gotta dance? You do if Apple Fitness+ has anything to say about it. Leading up to International Dance Day on April 29, the app is highlighting a new Dance Collection of workouts, a limited-edition award and Artist Spotlight sessions with hit songs and dance moves from artist videos.

Apple Fitness+ new Artist Spotlight sessions and dance workouts

Starting this week, new Artist Spotlight sessions in Apple Fitness+ will include music by ABBA, BTS  and Queen.

In addition, new Dance content will be available next week, including a special Artist Spotlight Dance workout featuring music and choreography from K-pop sensation BTS.

And a you’ll be able to win a limited-edition award for International Dance Day as well as work up a sweat with the new “Get into a Groove with Dance” workout Collection.

The Artist Spotlight series should get you moving.
The Artist Spotlight series should get you moving.
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Artist Spotlight series

Here’s what Apple said of its new Artist Spotlight playlists and workouts:

The Fitness+ Artist Spotlight series returned April 18 with pop legends ABBA, global K-pop phenomenon BTS, and rock icons Queen. The series dedicates an entire workout playlist to a single artist, and this week, users can dance to ABBA, sweat to BTS in a HIIT workout, or do a Strength workout to Queen. Every Monday for four weeks, new workouts featuring each artist will appear in Fitness+ across different workout types, including Strength, HIIT, Dance, Treadmill, Cycling, Yoga, and Pilates. Previous Artist Spotlight workouts have featured music by Alicia Keys, the Beatles, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Shakira, and more.

Apple Music and Apple One subscribers inspired by these Fitness+ workouts can enjoy the Spotlight series, which features “a unique playlist for each individual Artist Spotlight musician,” Apple said.

New workout Collections are designed to inspire dance.
New workout Collections are designed to inspire dance.
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Dance workouts

Dance is, of course, a workout type in Apple Fitness+. Starting April 25, Fitness+ trainer Ben Allen will share a first-of-its-kind Artist Spotlight Dance workout set to the music of BTS with songs like “Butter,” “Dynamite,” “Boy With Luv,” “DNA,” “MIC Drop” and more. LaShawn Jones’s Dance workout will aim to inspire users to move to songs that bring on a feeling of joy. And Jhon Gonzalez will invite users to dance to tracks that celebrate traditional and powerful rhythms from different genres, including cumbia, tango and Indian pop.

On April 29, International Dance Day, Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition award and animated stickers for Messages for completing any Dance workout of 20 minutes or more. Fitness+ will feature a special section of Dance workouts to help subscribers earn the award, including six 20-minute workouts across Latin Grooves, Upbeat Anthems, Throwback Hits, and Hip-Hop/R&B playlists.

And if all that’s not enough to get you moving, Apple Fitness+ is also unveiling a new workout Collection. Collections, which rolled out in January on Apple Fitness+, are curated sets of workouts and meditations.

The “Get into a Groove with Dance” Collection starts with three 20-minute workouts from each of the Fitness+ Dance trainers. They do their best to “Get on the Dance Floor.” After you gain confidence with short routines, you progress to “Take Center Stage” with three 30-minute performance-based workouts. The workouts include ’80s classics, hip-hop chart toppers and Latin music.