About Us



When you hear Jazzercise you think legwarmers and leotards, right? Or a workout for your Mom but not for you? We admit our workouts got so popular in the '80s that we created a fitness revolution that people still associate with us today. It’s true that we were the original dance party workout. But today the leotards—and the '80s—are long gone and our classes are way too hot for legwarmers. We’re still evolving and transforming people’s bodies and their lives.

Why are we still here 55 years later?

Because our program works! Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping, body-blasting fitness program that gets you results…fast. It’s a high intensity dance party that fuses cardio, strength, Pilates, hip hop, yoga and kickboxing. Burn up to 800 calories per hour in any of our 60 minute classes.

Why do people stay?

If you try our classes odds are you’ll stay with our program for 7 years. That’s our average and we’re proud of it. Why do people stay? Because we keep it fresh so you never plateau and never get bored. We have a variety of class formats to challenge you—Cardio Sculpt, Power Sculpt, Sculpt, and Stretch. So how do you want to work it?

Judi Sheppard Missett started that revolution in 1969 when she created Jazzercise. Today she runs our company as CEO and Founder and teaches classes every week. Her daughter, Shanna Missett Nelson, is our President and an instructor. We’re psyched to be led by strong, active women. And if you want proof that our workouts crush it, just take a look at those two.

Something else we’re proud of is our longstanding tradition of giving back. Our Jazzercise instructors have raised more than $28 million for a wide range of causes, most of them directly affecting their local communities. We also offer Kids Get Fit, a community outreach program to fight childhood obesity. Our instructors throw free dance parties at schools all over the world to get kids moving.

So yep, we’re the original dance party workout. And today we continue to rock it.


What’s it like to work for Jazzercise?

We freakin’ love it. We’re seriously committed to fitness and we live it. We get to take classes daily and many of us teach. We truly embrace fitness not just as a way of life but as our way of life. Want to reach us at our corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, California?

Where are we today?

Over the years we’ve adapted and grown like crazy. And we’ve maintained our high standards. Today we’re one of the world’s leading dance fitness companies. We have 8,300+ franchisees teaching 32,000+ classes each week around the world. Want to teach and own your own franchise? Or do you want to know more of our story for a media inquiry?



We create and teach fitness classes that transform your body and your life.


We believe you can create a stronger, happier, healthier life through fitness. We embrace fitness as our way of life.


Draw on our passion to motivate and inspire our customers, instructors and employees to live healthier, fitter lives.


Constantly evolve to respond to fitness research, trends and, most importantly, what our customers need.


Keep evolving our music, moves, classes, methods, systems and events. Create the hottest, most effective beat-pumping workouts for our customers.


Make a difference every day—in our classes, our schools and our communities.

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You won’t see a single leotard or legwarmer—we promise. What you'll see is sweat, swagger and high intensity endorphin-packed workouts that leave the ’80s behind.

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