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Jazzercise is dancing in dollars

The dance fitness pioneer pulled in $73m in revenue in 2021.

What if I told you that you could dance your ass off and get into the best shape of your life at the same time?

That’s been the Jazzercise pitch for 50+ years, and guess what? It’s still working.

Though best known for its ‘80s era dominated by neon spandex, Jazzercise had a monster 2021, pulling in $73m in revenue, per Bloomberg.

Jazzercise was founded in 1969…

… by Judi Sheppard Missett in a small classroom near Chicago. Missett, now 78, still runs the company, which has expanded to 8k+ franchisees teaching 32k classes a week.

She attributes this growth in schvitzing to several factors, including:

Dance fitness…

… has blown up since the company’s early days, spawning new competitors like Zumba and dance variations of yoga and pilates.

Now in her seventh decade in the fitness game, Missett isn’t worried. “We’re survivalists,” she says.

If you’re looking for an excuse to break out your old neon leotard, look no further — just because Jazzercise has moved on from the ‘80s doesn’t mean you have to.

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