Jazzercise

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jazzercise, Inc.
Type Corporation
Industry Physical fitness
Founded 1969
Founder(s) Judi Sheppard Missett
Headquarters Carlsbad, California
Revenue $96 million for fiscal year 2009/2010[1]
Employees 228 corporate staff[1]
Divisions Jazzertogs, JM DigitalWorks
Website

http://www.jazzercise.com

Jazzercise YouTube Channel
Jazzercise franchise, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jazzercise is a dance-based group fitness program. Each 60-minute Jazzercise class features a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and Latin-style movements set to popular music.

The Jazzercise program was founded in 1969 by Jazzercise CEO Judi Sheppard Missett, a native of Red Oak, Iowa. Today, Jazzercise involves 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. In 2009/2010, Jazzercise reported 96 Million in revenue. On the 2011 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list, Jazzercise ranks as the #1 fitness franchise and #17 overall. In March 2009, MSNBC placed Jazzercise in their top 5 list of proven franchises that provide growth opportunity.[2] Jazzercise has partnered with two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Cheryl Burke, a company spokesperson through 2011.

Jazzercise instructors are franchise owners and therefore have individual locations, class hours, and pricing.

Jazzercise in popular media[edit]

In Ron Howard's live-action movie adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch's schedule has an hour blocked off for Jazzercise.[3]

In the episode of Taxi entitled "Louie Goes Too Far", Andy Kaufman (playing Vic Ferrari) suggests to Christopher Lloyd (playing Jim) that he take up Jazzercise as a way of meeting beautiful women.

On The Golden Girls, Bea Arthur (Dorothy) admits taking up Jazzercise in the episodes "The Stan Who Came to Dinner" and "The Audit".

In the Futurama episode "Parasite Lost", the parasitic worms are seen Jazzercising Fry's muscles.[4]

The Flight of the Conchords episode "New Zealand Town" of their second television series features a song called "Fashion is Danger" which is a parody of 1980s music and style, and contains a reference to Jazzercise.

"Jazzercise Instructor" is featured as a job in The Sims 2.

In the third series of The Mighty Boosh, Howard Moon goes to 'Jazzercise' classes.

In the Glee episode "Bad Reputation", a tape is found of Sue Sylvester Jazzercising to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical". In the following season's episode "Sexy", Holly Holliday is shown teaching a jazzercise class in which Will Schuester participates.

On the October 9, 2012 episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart references Jazzercise in his opening monologue.[5]

References[edit]

External links[edit]