September 17, 2008
Jazzercise Posts Most Successful Year Ever
Jazzercise, the world's leading dance fitness program, posted its most successful year in the company's 39-year history. System wide sales topped 93 million for the past fiscal year, marking a 9% increase over last year's totals. The increase marked the seventh consecutive year Jazzercise has posted system wide sales growth, including company divisions of Jazzertogs fitness apparel and award-winning JM Digitalworks. Jazzercise has more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries worldwide.
Founded by President/CEO Judi Sheppard Missett, Jazzercise ranks second on the San Diego Business Journal's list of San Diego County women-owned businesses and 21st on its list of top private companies in San Diego County (ranked according to 2007 gross revenue). Additionally, Jazzercise ranks 44th on Entrepreneur Magazine's top 500 franchise list for 2008; 14th on the publication's list of fastest growing franchises; and eighth on its list of top home based franchises.
"Jazzercise is committed to helping people understand the value and importance of health and fitness," said Missett. "In today's ever changing fitness landscape, Jazzercise has offered a high quality and consistent program that has remained at the forefront of the fitness industry for nearly 40 years. We provide our franchisees with a proven and successful business plan and our customers with fun, varied and intense workouts, innovative choreography and superior customer service."
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. Judi and Jazzercise Executive Vice President Shanna Missett Nelson have advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,500 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information about Jazzercise, go to jazzercise.com or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.