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Jazzercise is a waste of your $$

The Jazzercise Franchise is a joke. The fact that they are trying to re-brand themselves now proves they are losing to the powerful Zumba competition. This is all because Jazzercise employs people who make emotional decisions not smart business decisions. They set up all these strict standards and rules for their franchisees, but they don't follow the rules themselves at corp. After taking jazzercise for 3 months I was approached by every instructor I took class with to become a Jazzercise instructor. I am a AFAA certified aerobic instructor, have taught dance for over 15 years, was a high school and college cheerleader...you get the picture I was qualified to teach. : ) When I signed up and was asked to pay my fees, the district manager said it will be $2,000 dollars. I very nicely said, I think the contract says $1,000 if I pay before July 1, 2012...checked the contract and I was right...it was only $1,000. Well, it was clear this district mgr ( a relative of the owner ) did not like being corrected. I worked on my audition routines..and they were flawless. I participated in two pre-audition workshops where i was told by all 3 leaders that i looked great and would make an amazing instructor. I got to the Carlsbad audition and we were told, no matter what you do don't stop. There were 10 women auditioning and 2 of them stopped in the middle of BOTH their routines! I felt so sorry knowing they would fail. I got up to do my 2 routines, smiled, performed them flawlessly, talked about low impact options, muscle groups..while performing routines. The other girls clapped when I was done! When I was called in to get my results I was told I was "not ready" by the woman running the audition. I was flabbergasted as were the other women! The 'judge" looked like a zombie delivering the news. Could not give me ONE example of anything done wrong..she could not it was flawless. Oh and the other 2 who should have failed because they stopped? Passed right through! So i called this district mgr and told her this was insane and I wanted to audition elsewhere. This time Vegas. Same EXACT thing happened...told how amazing I was by EVERYONE..sailed through audition only to be told by a woman who acted very odd. She delivered the news like a robot...I was "not ready" and when I said what are you talking about?? She referred me to the district manager. By now the light bulb went on. I made the district manager mad by questioning the fees and she was going to make sure I was blacklisted by the organization! This was confirmed to me by a friend at their corporate office. So here is my advice; unless you want to be a part of an organization that is run like a dysfunctional sorority, don't get involved. They set forth strict rules for YOU to follow, yet they don't! Do what I'm going to do, become a certified Zumba instructor and open up shop 2 doors down from a jazzercise location! It is MUCH better and way more popular...none of the ridiculous rules or women who conduct business on an emotional level rather than business level!

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