The founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Judi Sheppard-Missett, is an icon in the world of dance fitness. She started Jazzercise 41 years ago in Chicago, with just one jazz-dance class. Now her high-energy fitness classes are held all over the globe, with 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes each week.
The Carlsbad-based company operates two corporate fitness centers in North County: one in Oceanside and one in La Costa. Thousands of other classes are held at franchised fitness centers all over the world.
In the past three years, more than 300 new franchise fitness centers have been opened in the U.S. Despite the hard economic times, Jazzercise hasn't felt a slowdown at all. Entrepreneur magazine recently named Jazzercise the 17th fastest growing franchise in the country.
Here's a look at Jazzercise, in the Carlsbad Business Spotlight.