February 11, 2011 // Franchising.com // CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jazzercise, the world's leading dance fitness program, posted $96 million in system wide sales for the past fiscal year. The total marked nine consecutive years of system wide sales growth. Jazzercise has more than 7,800 instructor franchisees teaching 32,000 fitness classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries worldwide.
"Our continued success demonstrates the overall power of our growth strategy which is to create innovative fitness classes, offer an amazing customer experience and inspire people to value the importance of health and fitness," said Jazzercise Founder and CEO, Judi Sheppard Missett.
Other notable highlights for Jazzercise during the past fiscal year include Shanna Missett Nelson named President of Jazzercise; International growth and expansion to Egypt; and the extension of its partnership with Cheryl Burke through the end of 2011. Burke, professional dancer and two-time champion of the popular ABC TV show "Dancing with the Stars," will continue to serve as a Jazzercise spokesperson in a variety of marketing campaigns.
Jazzercise soared into the top 20 on Entrepreneur Magazine's prestigious Franchise 500 list for 2010, climbing 24 spots from last year, one of the biggest jumps of any company in last year's top 50. Additional Entrepreneur rankings for Jazzercise include: #5 in Top Home-Based Franchises; #6 in Low Cost Franchises; #14 in Global Franchises; and #17 in Fastest Growing Franchises.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has 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 7,800 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, cardio box and Latin style 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. Jazzercise, Inc. also includes company divisions of Jazzertogs fitness apparel and award-winning JM DigitalWorks video production. For more information about Jazzercise, go to jazzercise.com or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.