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Jazzercise Franchise????

...I was researching this franchise and came across a forum where several instructors were concerned about the costs of running a Jazzercise business. Some were saying that corporate offices were charging a hefty fee for the monthly electronic membership fees...some were saying that what they are making barely covers the expenses. Some said that at one conference for franchise instructors they were given mirros and then posted the following question to the attendees: If your center is not doing good this is the reason? And they were asked to look into the mirror....oh my God; that's
ridiculous. It was also mentioned that Jazzercise franchisee's are NOT allowed to post on forums such as this one...so I might never get an answer as to:

1. Do you run a successful Jazzercise center, or do you lease your space at recreational centers?
2. What was your initial investment to open your center?
3. How many members do you service?
4. How much do your charge per member?
5. How long did it take for you to see your profits?
6. Are you allow to have a center and also provide footwear, exercise clothing, etc.?
7. Do you get profits if any to sell Ryka footwear are your location?
8. Can you own a Jazzercise franchise center and not teach, and just run it with sub instructors?
9. How much are the sub instructors paid?
10. How long have you had your Jazzercise franchise?

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New franchisee

As a brand new, fresh from audition franchisee......some of these commments make no sense to me. I messed up in my audition and still made it. Every single person in my group made it (20 of us...)

Audition

What happens if you don't make the cut at the audition? Do you lose $2000??

Thanks for the comments

I'm late to the party but sooo glad I found this post. I have been a Jazzercise student for almost 20 years and absolutely love it. I've taken classes all over my home metro area and in several different states when I travel for business and personal reasons. I'm constantly approached by people asking me if I teach and telling me I should. I had a passing interest when I first started, but something about it seemed off. Turns out, I "had a feeling" about many of the things mentioned here by veteran instructors and center owners about the costs, clique-ish-nish, image issues, and unwritten "no dissent" policies and practices. I also found it a bit unsettling that I couldn't find honest discussions of the pros and cons of becoming an instructor online and veteran instructors seemed wary of talking. If Jazzercise wants to remain around for another 40+ years, it really does need to change the business model -- not just print some new ads and re-do the logo. It's time for some freshness that moves beyond the music. That may mean making changes -- gasp -- starting at the top. Okay Judi, we get it, you started the program and blah, blah blah it was a success. No disrespect. But it might be time the old ideology-- if even done by new people -- to step aside. (Hell, even Bill Gates did so to a degree at Microsoft). As much as students like me love and are loyal to the workout, it won't make a difference if there's no one around to teach.

Same old routines - gets boring - who said Jazzercise is fresh??

You offer a lot of routines for the instructors. Why do they keep the same format for months?

I am so bored by the same music . Are they too lazy to learn new ones? I was so bored in class tonight doing the same music I did 3 weeks ago.

Jazzercise is not Fresh.

The negative comments here are simply the truth

The Jazzercise Franchise is a joke. They set up all these strict standards and rules for their franchisees, but they don't follow the rules themselves. After taking jazzercise for 3 months I was approached by every instructor recommending I "audition" to teach. Keep in mind I am already an AFAA certified aerobic instructor, have taught jazz/hip hop and arrobics 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 in 2012 they were $1000, but set to change in July up to $2000. The contract I was given in May for to me to sign BEFORE auditioning said $2,000. I called the district manager to clarify and she said "sorry it is $2,000 dollars". I very nicely said, I think if you look at my contract, on page 12, it says $1,000 if I pay before July 1, 2012...she checked the contract and I was right...it was only $1,000. Well, it was clear this district mgr ( a relative of the founder of the company who works here in Carlsbad Ca ) 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 clrifying the fees and what was really in the contract. She was going to make sure I was blacklisted by the organization! This was confirmed to me by a friend at the Jazzercise corporate office. Jazzercise does not want anyone who questions things at the corporate level. 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, spend only $200 to audition snd teach at not only LA Fitness but 24 Hour Fitness...for $35 a class. I have full classes and am LOVED by the gyms who employ me.i have no one coming in every 6 months to "monitor" and review me. There are none of the ridiculous rules or women who conduct business on an emotional level rather than business level!

Monthly fee increase

They are raising our fees to $55 this year. The girls and I are going elsewhere.

The Negative comments here are siply the truth

You definitely made the right decision! Too bad so many others are afraid to strike out on their own.

jazzercise audition

When you signed up did you get videos? If so do you still have the videos? Ill buy them off you.

Jazzercise business fundamentals

Does anyone know what the average unit volume in sales for a franchise in the Jazzercize network? I don't see that information disclosed in the Franchise Disclosure Document. Any best guesses on average earnings before income tax in a center that is three years old? (Can you provide a link to the source of the data?)

How to Make Money with Jazzercise

If you want to make money with Jazzercise, here is what I recommend. Start classes in a rural area that doesn't have alternatives. Offer classes only during peak hours and only offer 1 or 2 classes a day (so you have large, well-attended classes). Teach all classes yourself and just have a substitute instructor who can fill in when you are out of town or ill. Hold classes in a very large place that is highly visible and that has very cheap or no rent. A large space is essential so you can have large classes with many attendees. Schools, senior centers and churches were great for this back in the day, but that is difficult to find with new rules for non-profits. The bread and butter in our area was retirees and teachers. The same ladies came every day and it was a social thing as much as it was about getting exercise. They didn't mind the automatic deductions. People under 30 will have an issue with an automatic deduction and prefer an auto-pay option which Jazzercise doesn't allow. They also were very frustrated by the lack of availability for an on-line daily workout option. I also recommend that you not bother with equipment. Customers didn't like using weights/balls/bands and it was expensive and difficult to maintain and keep clean. Offer Personal Touch, as it is an easy way to supplement your income with personal training.

Jazzercise Pros and Cons

I was over 40 years old and about 20% overweight when I became a certified instructor and Associate Franchisee. I highly recommend Jazzercise if you have never taught dance-based group fitness classes. They provide excellent training and support for a new instructor. From there, if you don't like the business model which I didn't, you can teach Zumba or another group fitness after a period of time has passed (I believe it was 6 months). The business format is a lot like Tupperware, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Arbonne, etc. Corporate makes money primarily off their franchisees who must do grass-roots marketing through their social networks to build their own businesses. There are a lot of rules that impact profitability that Zumba doesn't have regarding sound systems, microphones, attire and appearance, etc. The regional managers also can tell you how many classes you can have and at what times. Also, you have to follow Jazzercise pricing and payment models which are antiquated and the pricing in our area is double what the gyms charge that offer more classes and diverse classes which offer more diverse classes.

There seem to be a lot of negative comments about the audition process. I recommend that if you are interested in becoming an instructor, you should behave as if you were in a job interview during all classes and during all interaction with Jazzercise instructors and staff. Your daily attitude and appearance will influence how others perceive you. Jazzercise only wants to certify people who will follow rules, teach a great class, be professional and courteous with diverse and difficult customers, and have the core skills needed to run a successful business and represent the brand well. I had no problem making it through the audition process (was professional dancer as a child and a cheerleader in college). However, half of the people in the audition were rejected, and I personally would have rejected many more. Most were simply not ready to teach classes independently. Many couldn't keep time or dance well. It was a professional experience and similar to an audition for a performance dance troupe. I was not young or fit, and I felt I was fairly judged based on my ability to teach an hour long class at a medium-high intensity (which includes big movements, high impact, and jumping). I arrived in a stylish outfit, with my hair styled and my makeup done which helped me look like the best possible version of myself. Others at the audition arrived looking as it they just rolled out of bed a threw on some stained and shabby workout gear. Some weren't professional, friendly or outgoing. Others who were certified included an attractive and athletic 20-something to a 50-something obese woman who did an excellent job and both led the class at their individual maximum intensity levels. Jazzercise didn't seem to discriminate whatsoever based on age or body size.

The pay for an instructor is very poor. We were paid 20% of the revenue or a minimum of $10 per class. We were a "successful" branch, and I only made more than $10 per class one month. It was a break-even endeavor for me, but it took many hours that I wasn't paid to learn the routines, prepare my playlists, monthly reports, etc. Then, we were expected to do business side such as selling, collecting, data entry, cleaning, etc. that we weren't compensated for. There were also weekly unpaid meetings and it seemed like monthly special events we were expected to attend and often cost us money out of pocket. These were fun-runs, parades, charity events, regional meetings out of town, and specialty holiday classes. If you worked out of a gym teaching Zumba, HIIT, kickboxing, or something else, you would make 3-4 times more and wouldn't have all the extra stuff to deal with.

Jazzercise is run like a sorority....

Jazzercise needs to get rid of their archaic audition process and learn from the Zumba franchise (which certifies about 80 people per training workshop) when I went thru the Zumba certification no one was turned down. Common sense dictates that if you are NOT a good instructor NO one will hire you. And if your class is lousy you wont be able to keeo students.

Jazzercise has set up its model to make money for the owner of Jazzercise and her daughter. I get franchise fees...but the application process, extra additional fees...constant monitoring (by less qulaified people I might add) has no place in the current business market.

If any of the knuckle heads who run Jazzercise read this, here is what you need to do (coming from an ex Jazzercise owner and current successful Zumba owner:

1) drop your application fees - come on $1-2000? Seriously
2) get rid of all of the monthly rificulous fees
3) forget the monitoring process- teachers AND customers hate having their class disturbed
4) motivate jazzercise instructors to want to work together without this nasty sorrority like climate
5) reduce the cost of your clothing line and offer to sell boutique style at Jazzercise locations.

The one thing that did make Jazzercise great was the music...but thats it = (

Get it together Jazzercise Corp and you can attract a whole new crop of instructors and customers.

i am a jazzercise instructor

I've been teaching for 10 years. This is written perfectly to a tee. The franchise is a rip off. Many hours you are paid nothing for. I love instructing, I love my class. And, I have a bitter side that I am working to profit just the owner. I am required to sell, clean, and do events on my own time. It is ridiculous for the amount of money earned 10-15 dollars each class. I have had to teach when I'm not feeling good, sprained ankle, only because sometimes subs are not available, and also you can't have people always subbing, your class will dwindle in size. They usually are picky about who instructs them. It is a rip off , don't do the franchise . Do zumba, do regular aerobics and just get certified, a gym can hire you.

i am a jazzercise instructor

I've been teaching for 10 years. This is written perfectly to a tee. The franchise is a rip off. Many hours you are paid nothing for. I love instructing, I love my class. And, I have a bitter side that I am working to profit just the owner. I am required to sell, clean, and do events on my own time. It is ridiculous for the amount of money earned 10-15 dollars each class. I have had to teach when I'm not feeling good, sprained ankle, only because sometimes subs are not available, and also you can't have people always subbing, your class will dwindle in size. They usually are picky about who instructs them. It is a rip off , don't do the franchise . Do zumba, do regular aerobics and just get certified, a gym can hire you.

i am a jazzercise instructor

I've been teaching for 10 years. This is written perfectly to a tee. The franchise is a rip off. Many hours you are paid nothing for. I love instructing, I love my class. And, I have a bitter side that I am working to profit just the owner. I am required to sell, clean, and do events on my own time. It is ridiculous for the amount of money earned 10-15 dollars each class. I have had to teach when I'm not feeling good, sprained ankle, only because sometimes subs are not available, and also you can't have people always subbing, your class will dwindle in size. They usually are picky about who instructs them. It is a rip off , don't do the franchise . Do zumba, do regular aerobics and just get certified, a gym can hire you.

i am a jazzercise instructor

I've been teaching for 10 years. This is written perfectly to a tee. The franchise is a rip off. Many hours you are paid nothing for. I love instructing, I love my class. And, I have a bitter side that I am working to profit just the owner. I am required to sell, clean, and do events on my own time. It is ridiculous for the amount of money earned 10-15 dollars each class. I have had to teach when I'm not feeling good, sprained ankle, only because sometimes subs are not available, and also you can't have people always subbing, your class will dwindle in size. They usually are picky about who instructs them. It is a rip off , don't do the franchise . Do zumba, do regular aerobics and just get certified, a gym can hire you.

i am a jazzercise instructor

I've been teaching for 10 years. This is written perfectly to a tee. The franchise is a rip off. Many hours you are paid nothing for. I love instructing, I love my class. And, I have a bitter side that I am working to profit just the owner. I am required to sell, clean, and do events on my own time. It is ridiculous for the amount of money earned 10-15 dollars each class. I have had to teach when I'm not feeling good, sprained ankle, only because sometimes subs are not available, and also you can't have people always subbing, your class will dwindle in size. They usually are picky about who instructs them. It is a rip off , don't do the franchise . Do zumba, do regular aerobics and just get certified, a gym can hire you.

i am a jazzercise instructor

I've been teaching for 10 years. This is written perfectly to a tee. The franchise is a rip off. Many hours you are paid nothing for. I love instructing, I love my class. And, I have a bitter side that I am working to profit just the owner. I am required to sell, clean, and do events on my own time. It is ridiculous for the amount of money earned 10-15 dollars each class. I have had to teach when I'm not feeling good, sprained ankle, only because sometimes subs are not available, and also you can't have people always subbing, your class will dwindle in size. They usually are picky about who instructs them. It is a rip off , don't do the franchise . Do zumba, do regular aerobics and just get certified, a gym can hire you.

Jazzercise is about Corp not you..

Look, here is the reality. I have had a Jazzercise franchise for 5 years now and it simply is all about the corp office and corp image. If you like Jazzercise, simply take their classes...but don't get duped into teaching. It will be a waste of time AND money. Of course they won't tell you this up front, but their business model is very outdated and exclusionary..sorry, but that is the truth coming from someone who has been there done that. Take the classes and have fun...but don't become a franchisee!

Innovative or outdated?

"their business model is very outdated and exclusionary"

I don't understand what you mean. How is Jazzercize's business model outdated? What does a modern fitness franchise model look like? What brand best describes what the modern franchise fitness business model should be? Why?

In what way is Jazzercise exclusionary and to whom (instructors, customers, or franchisees)? What brand is more inclusive of its franchises? How so?

Jazzercise IS xclusinary and outdated

Jazzercise is exclusionary because if you don't fall into their "stepford mentality" then they quickly weed you out. They are looking for followers not leaders. They want franchisees to make Jazzercise money, they could care less about the typical franchisee. A brand that is more inclusive is Zumba. They have a reasonable audition process, are very encouraging to new instructors and Zumba instructors may work anywhere they please...for $35 a class. Do the math, Jazzercise $10 earned per class / $3,000 franchisee fee OR Zumba $35 earned per class with a $200 start up fee.

Talk business about Jazzercise

How much business (money) did your Jazzercise fitness center pull in during its best year? Worst year? What did you learn in trying to develop new members and what was the biggest challenge? How many members did you have?

Is Jazzercise still growing in franchised centers? Or, are they contracting? How much?

What did the franchisor get right in growing a fitness center's traffic and profits? What did they get wrong?

What's happening in the dance exercise fitness segment? Is it growing?

Was there a competing fitness center brand that outmaneuvered Jazzercise? Who? Why?

They only want young fit instructors...

It is true. I am 42, tried to become an instructor in southern Calif and it is obvious that because I am a size 12 (but very fit) and older, i need to "come back" again. Well, forget it it. Good luck to Jazzercise trying to get new instructors that are willing to pay $1,200 for that kind of humiliation. I have already looked into becoming a Zumba instructor at the cost of $200, it is a group audition ( with at least 100 per training) and from what i have heard it is rare for anyone to fail. Jazzercise needs to wake-up, their exclusivity will bury them by the competition.

fit young instructors? not really true

Just came across this website - lots of good comments in information about franchise. But I do not agree with your comments about instructors. The instructors at my franchise are all different ages and sizes and none of them had a problem with being a size 12 or larger. The training they get is way more informative about fitness and working muscle groups than any Zumba instructor ever gets (I know this for a fact). And the choeorgraphed routines we get are definitely for fitness and not just dancing having fun. While Zumba gets your moving Jazzercise gets you moving and ups your fitness maintenance.

Then you teach outside southern california..

If you try to become an instructor for Jazzercise in southern california you the management DOES look at size and age. Maybe if you live in the midwest where a district mgr is away from the crazy management in so cal you don't have the same ridiculous standards.

We have instructors of all

We have instructors of all ages and sizes in my location in Ohio as well. One of my favorite instructors is almost 60. And she's fantastic!! The routines work all my muscles in addition to the cardio. I am seeing crazy, sculpted results that I never saw possible with Zumba. Just my experience. Wanted to share.

Instructor makes strong case for Zumba vs Jazzercise routine

"While Zumba gets your moving Jazzercise gets you moving and ups your fitness maintenance."

I disagree. Actually while Jazzercise gets you moving, Zumba actually ups your fitness maintenance. It's scientific fact (trust me, an anonymous visitor, on this).

This is not a fact

You may disagree, but I will insist you've never taken the Jazzercise class to make any claim such as "trust me." As an existing Jazzercise instructor who has taken Zumba classes, I can assure you, Zumba does not do strength training, unless that specific instructor pays extra for the additional training. Most Zumba classes are cardio only. Since teaching Jazzercise, my fitness level and physique are off the charts in comparison to Zumba. Zumba still is, regardless of the fad stage they are enjoying, still a cheap knock-off.

Opinion and adjectives are not fact

If your assumption is true that jazzercise is a better workout for customers, does it matter? How does that translate into profit per center? In your due diligence of businesses to invest in the many fitness center brands, which one makes more profits per store? How much?

I hear CrossFit centers are growing like gangbusters.

Discrimination

Jazzercise was successfully sued for something similar. It's illegal. The girl who sued was overweight, but fit.

New advertising

The headless figures of scantily clad oil adorned women now cover the walls of the jazzercise studio I once loved to go to. The new ads have taken jazzercise to a whole new level...I now feel like I am in training to work a strip club. When I questioned the owner about the change she told me that it was their new ad campaign to show strong women. Since when does disrobing show strength? I am very saddened by the change in jazzercise that promotes the exploitation of women. I also find it very alarming that many of the centers offer childcare when sonG's like maroon 5 animals are playing in the back ground. Look up the lyrics..disgusting. Yes I am complaining. I have been trying to find an address where I could send a letter to Jazzercise inc. But I am not able to find one. So sad... So very sad. I sure hope that corporate is not encouraging their instructors to prostitute themselves by asking them to wear less clothes when they teach and rid themselves of those pesky blinds in their studio windows.

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!

Which fitness centers pull in the most $$

Instructor: "become a certified Zumba instructor and open up shop 2 doors down from a jazzercise location!"

How much per class do you make more?

What about buying a fitness center? From your freelance employee viewpoint, which one earns you the most money? What chains are the instructors whispering are filling classes?

Any idea on how much revenue the center makes? Expenses?

Salary for teaching Zumba...

I was passed over by Jazzercise, am an AAFA certified instructor, HS and college cheerleader and have taught dance for over 15 years. I went to a one day audition for Zumba and they were simply lovely. Very kind, helpful snd the process was hard but fun! I went through with 130 other people of all shapes and sizes. I currently teach Zumba a well known gym and make $40 per class. Jazzercise pays $10 per class..

It was a miserable, minimum wage job

It was a miserable, minimum wage job until I left the center I was working for and went to another studio where they actually treat you like a person and not a slave. The owner ran the studio with her daughter and they were the most unprofessional people I have ever met in my life. They would bad mouth the instructors and talk to you like garbage in front of customers. I'm so glad I didn't resign and went to try a different studio before I gave up. I'm actually enjoying it again. The pay is lousy but like I said...its a free workout and you meet some really nice people.

Needed Money at the Time, but GLAD I FAILED!

I'm in the "me too club" from way back in 2002 when I was "only" 42. My timing for training was unfortunate as my main instructor was busy and pregnant. I was dispatched to Riverside, CA for dress rehearsal type practices in a 70s looking dump of a Center (super graphic stripes on walls and overhead fluorescents on carpet) with an uber arrogant owner. She had it out for me, like many of the other very qualified candidates writing here. However, I did not guess this right away.

Despite much dance experience, Jazzercise experience, encouragement from my instructors and peers, my high level of fitness, flexibility, good humor and ability to dance to the beat and cue, I was branded "NOT ready for Workshop" and the District Manager had "concerns". Was it that I used the word "butt" during that routine, "Bootylicious'? Was it that I bought MY Ryka shoes online for half price and mentioned this to others casually? Was it my actual dance ability and fitness level for my "advanced" age? Was it age discrimination? Was it jealousy that I live in desirable south OC? The other students were definitely not up to the proper technique, yet they received much praise, especially if they lived in Riverside County. I got "We don't talk that way in RIVERSIDE! (I uttered the obscenity, "butt")

I STILL DON'T KNOW. I love being a Jazzercise student at home and in other states, and coming and going as I please. In 2002, I discovered that their litany of fees, the way they handled the music, (CDs and CASSETTES at the time!)the JazzerPolitics and the general stick-up-the-ass all the higher-ups had really turned me off.

I also heard that if you want to be a Jazzercise instructor, you better not be in it for the money! WTF???!! They portray it as an empowering independent BUSINESS for women! Judi speaks about this frequently in interviews and when she makes speeches. You can make more money for less start-up selling Mary Kay or Avon.

I have been doing Jazzercise since 1989. I will continue as a student, but even now, I would become a flaky Zumba instructor before putting way out for Jazzercise and getting judgments, annoyances and EXPENSES in return! No wonder Jazzercise still has a reputation of being run BY grandmas FOR grandmas. The expensive marketing and advertising affair with Cheryl Burke (2008-09?) was a bust as well. Judi will probably live a long time, but she has to give up more creative and corporate control now.

Jazzercult

Count your blessings that you never became a Jazzercise Instructor! I did and it was a complete waste of money. My so called Jazzercise Mentor who was supposed to help me through the process never explained the fees, the time involved, policies or additional costs. During the training process prior to the audition she worked twice with me and said hope for the best. The audition was filled with a bunch of "20 somethings" and looked more like a cheerleading tryout than a fitness audition. There were 12 of us at the audition and anyone over the age of 35 (there were 3 of us) were labeled not ready.
When I tried to get my money back after being labeled "not ready" it was a nightmare. I decided to attempt one more audition because I wanted to prove a point to myself. The whole instructor experience was downright awful. It is no longer your workout but the student's. After certifying, they tell you how they want you to dress, wear make up and only wear thong underwear or none if you are teaching. If you modify based on the demographics in your class you get into trouble because there are specific class formats.
The center owner I worked for is a hypocrite. She would criticize me and I would get in trouble for saying these I never said on stage. I could go on and on, but she is a corporate favorite because she is also the Quality Coordinator for the region. I would teach and go without a paycheck because she couldn't afford to pay all of us so some of us would let her hold our checks until her husband got paid and she had enough money to pay us. She would also pay the youngest instructor more and give her "gas" money if she subbed at her center.
I finally resigned after all of the nonsense. It was one of the worst experiences in my life! What I came to realize was this particular center has too many clicks. The center owner is the ring leader and she talks about her instructors to other instructors and students. This center owner was overweight during her teenage years. She has now become the mean girl that used to pick on her and treats people how she used to be treated. People talk about a family atmosphere at Jazzercise, but those same family members will talk behind your back and stab you worst than your worst enemy. She tried to talk me out of resigning because she didn't have any fallback instructors and it meant she would have to teach more until she found another trainee (aka victim). She tried to make me feel guilty, but I realized it wasn't my problem. She is best friends with her center manager who is flighty and the biggest gossiper. She divulges confidential information about students and often the students are the butt of the jokes at her "book club" meetings.
The workout itself is great, but the catty women and ridiculous fees they charge are certainly not worth the frustration. Be careful of the center you join because the center owner may be as morally bankrupt as this one in Virginia and the bottom line is that they don't care about you - only money and royalties.

$2k franchise fee

It sounds like your failed experience with Jazzercise only cost you a few thousand dollars.

I take it that this is a pretty cheap franchise so that you fail, you don't have to sell your home, car and assets and owe millions. Jazzercise is a dip of one's toes into entrepreneurship that avoids the costly life lesson that other franchises would teach.

Jazzercise wants franchise owners not to tell the truth!

Jazzercise asks potential franchise owners not to discuss Jazzercise with others if unhappy. If you have a brain and want to voice an opinion about YOUR franchise... Jazzercise is not for you. Believe me, I worked for Jazzercise at the district level. They want you to do what THEY want, and do not want to hear nor do they care about your opinion. They want you to make money for Judy and her daughter Shanna. Why would you want to subject yourself to a humiliating audition process and fork over $2,000 franchise fee?

Re: Jazzercise wants potential buyers not to tell the truth!

Visitor: "Jazzercise asks potential franchise owners not to discuss Jazzercise with others if unhappy"

What sort of leverage does Jazzercise have over someone who hasn't signed a contract and is only looking to see if they are interested in buying one of their franchises? That doesn't make any sense.

Can you post the agreement that asks buying candidates to not discuss anything bad they discover in their due diligence about Jazzercise?

If you meant that Jazzercise has franchise owners sign a contract to not disclose anything to potential buyers that doesn't reflect well on the brand, that would make more sense. Can you post the actual wording from the franchise contract that is signed by franchisees and what page it can be found that bans any "unhappy" talk?

Do not discuss Jazzercise or your out

Discretion is taught during mentoring, training, and finally implied once you bevome a franchisee...if you soeak ill of anything or anyone at Jazzercise you will be in trouble and eventually gone. Everyone who works for Jazzercise knows this going in.

It may not be a contractual

It may not be a contractual obligation? Maybe in saying "asks"...the meaning could be taken as verbal? If that is the case, it would totally make sense.

I used to love Jazzercise:(

After Jazzing on/off since 1996, I recently attempted to become an instructor. I have been a Jazz and ballet dancer for most of my life, and had a lot of experience with the routines. I do about 8-10 classes weekly.

I attempted dress rehearsal after learning all 10 songs completely and practicing on stage for weeks with several different instructors. I was told that I really wasn't ready. Okay, I can handle that, even though I was extremely eager I went back to try again after 3 months. So now for practice I'm going through 10 songs in class onstage, cueing completely, and basically leading class. I do this for the entire 3 months, and everyone expects there will be no problem getting certified. So I go to the next dress rehearsal completely confident there will be no problem at all, and my jazz dreams will finally come true! Guess what??? She lets me know that she thinks I'm not ready, and I should wait another 3 months. To which I say not for me, and she's actually surprised! There are only 5 other girls there. 1 is her own trainee that doesn't move at all or cue, but she goes through to audition. Another has completely thrown her back out, but is told she can audition in 5 days. A girl doesn't even know all the routines, and she lets her pick her songs at rehearsal and puts her through to audition. Another is amazing, and then there is a girl who says she has been going through this for over a yr!!! I asked her why she never got to the audition and she said the trainer keeps telling her she's not ready. Okay, she's not as ready as I am, but she's obviously trying really hard, and not as bad as the other's that are passed through. First dress rehearsal there were 2 girls that also said it took them over a yr. to pass. What do all these girls and myself have in common??? Hmmmm, we are all not based in North County, none of us are under 35, and we all have a few extra pounds. The girls that took the longest are well over 200 lbs. I'm not even plus sized, but all of them are. I'm a 12, but maybe in jazz land that's huge??

Anyway, to say I'm sad and disappointed is an understatement. I've built up a huge rapport with all the students at our center, and no one is going to believe that I'm not even invited to audition.

I would NEVER recommend this type of humiliation to anyone else! The trainer literally lay on the group and watched to see if I got enough air under my feet. She really didn't make sense when I asked her what to fix. And at 43, this is something I don't feel like I need to put up with anymore. So sad, still love my Jazz but I may be too embarrassed to go back to my center now.

You are right on!

I bet you did great! THEY have a problem, not you. = ) Just remember, the higher ups at Jazzercise are like creepy sorrority girls! I have a professional dance background, was "flawless" according to the corporate trainer at the dress rehearsal. Two years ago I "auditioned" at corporate...5'7, 170 lbs....(but well proportioned and taking 6 classes a week) and nalled the audition. It was obvious the "judge" was told not to pass me. When I said "what are you talking about? I did not pass, you are kidding right? What didn't I do correctly?" She was speechless and very uncomfortable. I found out she quit Jazzercise corp after that.

Training DVD

Do you know how I can ring the instructor training videos. I don't want to become an instructor just looking for the training DVD's.

Training Videos

How do find the dvd's for training. Not looking to become instructor, just he videos.

Any thoughts on the design of training videos?

Speaking of training videos, do you have any thoughts on the design of video training?

Is there merit in DVDs nowadays or should curriculum be designed for online use?

What is the ability of video customization by individual store in a chain and by end user?

What are best practices with video training design?

You are crazy if you buy into th Jazzercise Franchise...

All you need to know is this: you pay THEM $2000 to teach for THEM, you have to "audition" to teach, you pay hefty franchise fees monthly along with insurance, music, rent space, equipment.....all to lose money or maybe break even. Then 6 months after you "audition" someone shows up to your class to evaluate you while you are teaching, based on their limited knowledge. Seriously? Who would want to subject themselves to all of that to lose money? Just pay the $45 a month they charge to take classes and you will be much better off. Jazzercise wants to recruit more instructors because that is how THEY (Judy and Shanna) the owners make money.

Don't buy into Jazzercise...unless you like a challenge

I have been a Jazzercise instructor AND worked for Jazzercise corp as well. Unfortunately, if you are a franchise owner in southern California, than what has been said here in this forum is absolutely true. There is a strange mentality in Ca, if you question anything you are not wanted. If you are already in, you are ignored, if you are trying to get in and question anything you are rejected. It DOES cost $2000 to become certified and there are lots of additional franchise fees associated with running this business. The reality is this; Jazzercise now has to compete with local gyms charging $10 membership fees per month (offering classes like Zumba and spinning all for $10 a monty) franchise owners need to charge $45, $50 + registration fee to stay afloat. I guess if you like a challenge, this would be an opportunity for you. My advice is...look before you leap.

Cancelling Jazzercise Membership

Beware of cancelling your automatic withdrawals with Jazzercise. I have been a member of Jazzercise on and off for the past 16 years.
This has been the second time I have canceled my membership and both times they continue to withdrawal their monthy payment from my account after I have canceled. The first time one of the owners stated they they were not trying to steal my money and refunded me through a check. The second time I canceled, due to joining a gym at a much cheaper monthy fee, they again continued to withdraw after canceling. I was advised by the other owner that they do not know what happened and the corporate office would refund the money back into my account. Of course this would not be today maybe within a week. This is one Jazzercise customer that will not be returning.

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