A little history: The cardio dancing craze peaked in the 1970s with the Towson YMCA offering classes daily, every hour on the hour. Cardio dancing a spin-off of the once wildly popular Jazzercise.
Why it's a workout: The hourlong class burns approximately 400 calories per session. For older participants, added benefits include working on agility and increasing bone density.
Why they do it: "Sometimes the only constant has been my family and the 'Y Ladies,' " said Maggie Lears. The almost 50 members of the group meet outside the gym, too. On Fridays, they get bagels at a local Panera Bread, and once a year they join Lillian Freudenberger for her Christmas soiree. When a regular does not show up for a class, he or she is flooded with concerned emails and phone calls from other members.
Details: The class is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at the Towson YMCA, 600 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, 410-823-8870. You must be a YMCA member to participate.