I want to do a calisthenics/cardio class. I want to make sure the class has the flow and intensity of a cardio aerobics class but with muscling building whole body exercises as oppose to classic aerobic moves. I know music is a important part of a group exercise class and keeping to the tempo is important to keep the heart rate up. I
You will probably get different responses from other trainers because everyone has different approach. I like to use the method of timing. For example 30 seconds on/30 seconds rest (you can adjust the work:rest ratio according to the fitness level of your participants and intensity of your class). In other words, a circuit training might be what you are looking for. There are many ways to go about this. If you are going to use weights in your class then a rep counting might work better.