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Jazzercise Inc.

2015 Franchise 500
#44
At a Glance

Products & Services: Dance-fitness classes, conventions, apparel and accessories

Number of Locations: 8,373

Total Investment: $3.5K - $75.8K

Founded: 1969

Began Franchising: 1982

About Jazzercise Inc.

While teaching traditional jazz dance classes in Evanston, Illinois, in 1969, Judi Sheppard Missett turned her students away from the mirrors and started a "just for fun" class that incorporated dance moves to provide aerobic exercise. After moving to Southern California, she started training other instructors in the Jazzercise program in 1977. Six years later, the company began franchising. Now Jazzercise's CEO, she continues to teach weekly Jazzercise classes and choreograph new dance routines. Based in Carlsbad, California, Jazzercise's instructors teach its total-body conditioning program to almost half a million participants each year in the United States and more than 30 other countries. Jazzercise instructors are trained and certified before becoming franchised.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 6,637 186 1,547 3
2013 6,854 186 1,500 3
2012 6,984 183 1,474 2
2011 6,763 165 1,251 2
2010 6,627 149 1,233 2
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico, South America, Western Europe.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $3,530 - $75,750
Franchise Fee: $1,250
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 20%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At franchisee's location: 2-3 weeks home study. Seminars : 3 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #44 (2015), #42 (2014), #27 (2013), #13 (2012), #17 (2011), #18 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #7 (2013), #14 (2012), #21 (2011), #17 (2010),
Low-Cost: #5 (2014), #5 (2013), #3 (2012), #4 (2011), #6 (2010),
Top Home-Based: #6 (2014), #5 (2013), #3 (2012), #4 (2011), #5 (2010),
America's Top Global: #13 (2014), #16 (2013), #12 (2012), #15 (2011), #14 (2010),