Monday, January 19, 2009

Jazzercise Your Way To Health And Fitness

Judi Sheppard Misset, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness programme in 1969. Jazzercise, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, stretch, and kick boxing movements, has positively affected millions of people around the world through a host network of 7500 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. Jazzercise Inc. presently has its headquarters in Carlsbad, California, USA.

Each 60-minute Jazzercise workout class blends dance and muscle toning movements choreographed to the latest music, including the Top 40, jazz, country, funk, and classics. Every class includes a gentle warm-up, 30 minutes aerobics workout, muscle toning and strengthening segment with weights and Xertubes and a stretch finale. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility as well as an overall "feel good" factor.

Jazzercise Malaysia recently showcased its fitness programme at the Youth '09 Carnival which was held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur from January 9 to 11. The crew put on an hour of non-stop performances which depicted a typical Jazzercise class and challenged the youths present to complete it. Everybody had a great time and the youths were surprised that they actually enjoyed a fitness program that is 40 years old!

Jazzercise classes are currently being conducted at the Kuala Lumpur Dancers' Association (KLDA) at Level 2, Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (diagonally opposite Stadium Negara) every Wednesdays from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm. The fees are RM60 per month or RM20 for individual walk-in classes. To learn more about Jazzercise, please contact Grace Chan at 012-3255380, Janet Camillus at 019-3873193, email: or visit

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