Did you know dancing helps in weight loss? A half hour of fast, high energy dancing can burn anywhere between 200 and 400 calories. One determining factor of how many calories you'll burn is distance.. In one study, researchers attached pedometers to square dancers and found each person covered nearly five miles in a single evening! And that's not all, dancing is said to help control high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and reduce risk of heart disease! So turn up the music and DANCE!