Aerobic dance has been purported to help with weight management; however, it is not known if various forms of dance are as effective as traditional modalities. This study estimated energy expenditure by heart rate for 28 women participating in 4 modes of aerobic dance (Bodycombat [i.e., TAEBO]; Pump; Step; and RPM [i.e., spinning]) compared to 2 running speeds. Pump had significantly (p < 0.01) lower energy expenditure (8.0 ± 1.6 kcal·min−1) compared to the other classes (RPM: 9.9 ± 1.9 kcal·min−1; Step: 9.6 ± 1.8 kcal·min−1; and Bodycombat: 9.7 ± 2.0 kcal·min−1) and running at 8.05 km·h−1 (9.16 ± 1.53 kcal·min−1). Also, Step (p < 0.01), Bodycombat (p < 0.01), and RPM (p < 0.01) had significantly higher caloric expenditures than running at 8.05 km·h−1 but significantly lower than running at 8.37 km·h−1 (10.30 ± 1.72 kcal·min−1). In conclusion, RPM, Bodycombat, and Step aerobics were equally as effective as jogging between 8.05 and 8.37 km·h−1, and they met American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for weight modification and maintenance. Additionally, heart rate assessment provided a quantitative method for estimating energy expenditure and the effectiveness of different aerobic programs.