I found Jazzercise when my eldest son was about a year old. I’d moved to a new area, with a young child having had an emergency C section and was feeling unfit and lonely! Who knew that class would change the course of my life? I have been hooked ever since, and that baby was followed by two more. When we moved to a new house again, with a young family, I knew I would find my tribe at the local Jazzercise class. In 2016 I took over the franchise in my area and set about getting more instructors trained to add classes to our timetable. It’s been a huge learning curve and incredibly rewarding.
I have a background in ballet and contemporary dance, and firmly believe that technique will set you free. I am quite hot on how to do the moves correctly but chat constantly about all sorts of things to keep the class fun. I teach children’s and senior classes too, proving that all ages and abilities love to dance and it’s just the best way to keep moving, make friends and keep you smiling!
Day Job - Jazzercise Class Owner -Started Jazzercise 2000, Qualified 2009. Also Wife, daughter, sister (to 6) and Mum to 3 boys and dog mum to Poppy, a LabStaffBoxAtion (in other words, a mix!)
Favourite Class Format - Has to be the classic Dance Mixx
Something Unique - I’m a keen needlepoint enthusiast. I was commissioned by Princess Diana to sew Christmas Stockings for William and Harry when they were children. I met her twice and had a cup of tea at Kensington Palace with her and a colleague! She commented on my lovely dancer’s posture!!
Describe yourself as an instructor – It depends on what mood I’m in!! I like to take people away from “real” life to lose themselves on the dance floor while having fun and getting fit.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor? Something nice I hope!
Started 2008, Qualified 2012
Day job - Training Specialist & Assessment Coordinator for Jazzercise Inc
Kids/Pets - Two little ones that keep me on my toes as well as an adventurous bunny & two Hamsters.
Other hobbies - I love spending times with Family & Friends. Learning about Nutrition. Oh and trainer shopping but don’t tell Stewart!
What got me into Jazzercise - My friend Gemma asked me to go with her to class at Lacy Green and the rest as they say is history!
Something unique - I have a slight addiction to Pip & Nut peanut butter …. Ok a very big one. I Jazzed through both pregnancies, I taught my Thursday evening class 9 months pregnant and gave birth to Calla at 8am the following Friday morning.
Favourite class format - Too hard to choose has to be Flip Fusion or Interval Fusion
Describe yourself as an Instructor - I believe I’m like a cheerleader. I hope that I encourage my class to enjoy themselves but also work hard. I aim to help my class to reach their goals whatever they may be, from fitness, to meeting new friends.
Day job - Marketing Manager
Kids/pets - A wonderful son.
Other hobbies - Jazzercise is my hobby - Started 2010, Qualified 2016
What got you into Jazzercise? Gyms never worked for me. I was in my late 20’s & eating too much was starting to show, so I needed to get my body moving & fast!! My Auntie was going to an exercise class that she enjoyed & recommended I try it. I was hooked from the first class! I love to dance at the occasional friends/family party & this was exactly that!
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect - I was always a very shy person and found it difficult to make small talk with new people that I meet, let alone get up on stage in front of a crowd. Jazzercise has enabled me to conquer my fears & like myself both inside & out. I now have the best friends that I get to dance with at least 3 times a week and am a lot more confident! I believe you must try everything at least once, so you can cross it off your list – how do you know if you haven’t tried it?
Favourite Class Format - Dance Mixx
When did you start Jazzercising? - On and off, I've Jazzercised since 2009, I think.
When did you start teaching? 2020!
Day job Technician Co-Ordinator for a local plumbing and heating company
What got you into jazzercise? I’ve always done some form of dance - I did tap and modern jazz for many years as a child. I got bored of the gym but was struggling to find a form of exercise that challenged me but that I also enjoyed. I really wanted to find something that was dance based, my mum started jazzercise and said she thought I’d like it - after one class I was hooked!
Pets/children 2 girls, a Jack Russell called Nelson and a tortoise who lives in the garden
What made you want to instruct? I love the energy and feel good factor that jazzercise gives me and I really want to be able to pass that feeling on to others. I like motivating people and giving others a boost!
Something unique about you: I have been doing pole fitness for 6 1/2 years and 3 years ago qualified as an instructor and am a teacher at a local studio. I also enjoy burlesque dancing and aerial hoop.
Describe yourself as an instructor - Fun (I hope!), and challenging. I like to make class challenging of course, while hopefully making customers forget they’re actually at a workout class!
What do your customers say about you as an instructor - Energetic, motivating, encouraging. Or so they say anyway!
Day Job - Personal Trainer - currently studying for a Masters Degree in Psychology and Sports Science.
What got me into Jazzercise - I was already into the gym and running, and a friend convinced me to try a class as she thought I’d enjoy it. Turns out she was right! Started 2014, Qualified 2017
Favourite class format - Flip Fusion