In 1969, fitness advocate and aerobic dance pioneer Judi Sheppard Missett turned her loved of jazz dance into a global dance exercise phenomenon when she founded Jazzercise, a “feel good” workout program that unites jazz dance, resistance training, kickboxing movements, yoga, and Pilates. Since then, Jazzercise has positively affected millions of people around the world; participants experience increased strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. Jazzercise’s network of 7,800 instructors teach over 32,000 classes per week in 32 countries, including the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, Norway, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
Jazzercise believes fitness plays a key role in well-being and enhances the overall quality of people’s lives. Thus, the international company is dedicated to helping people of all ages realize and value the importance of health and fitness by educating them about the physical and emotional benefits of Jazzercise, inspiring them to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and expanding its product and service offerings. Jazzercise believes in giving back to the community as well; over the years, Missett and her instructors have led large-scale workout classes, local benefits, and performances at major sporting events to raise money for various charities.
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Jazzercise operates Jazzercise Apparel and JM DigitalWorks, both of which were established in the 1980s. Jazzercise Apparel offers a complete line of activewear, accessories, logo merchandise, and Jazzercise DVDs; while JM DigitalWorks is an award-winning video production and post-production company that has provided its services to Google, Boston Scientific, and CBS Sports, among other corporate clients.
Currently serving as CEO of Jazzercise, Missett continues to teach classes, choreograph new routines every 10 weeks, and star in Jazzercise DVDs and the public-access television workout program, “Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch.” She oversees the company and its management team together with her daughter and Jazzercise president, Shanna Missett Nelson.