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Jazzercise Takes the Stage as a Business Leader

Carlsbad-based Jazzercise is a worldwide dance-fitness company that's still shaking up the world of dance after 41 years.

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.

Candace April 06, 2011 at 04:42 AM
GREAT story! It highlights all of the wonderful things about Judi, Shanna, and Jazzercise as a workout. It is an incredible company, and the workout kicks butt!
Judy Chauncey April 06, 2011 at 04:53 AM
I really enjoyed interviewing Judi Sheppard- Missett. She was a trend-setter when she started Jazzercise, and now her company still sets trends to keep people in shape. And Shanna is right there behind her, teaching and training. You should try a class!
Amie Bryans April 08, 2011 at 12:23 PM
INCREDIBLE interview!!!!!!!! I am proud to be part of the Jazzercise family!!
Sherry Little April 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Glad to see Judi still looking as fit as ever. I use to teach 20 years ago. Wish I hadn't given it up. I just might have been at least half as fit. Now I'm a couch potato. No class near. Miss it. Use to go to Judi's class back in the early 70's before it became so big. Started teaching at 44. Taught for 5 years and loved every minute of it.

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