Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
Kayakjak's and Sage Hill Vineyard have joined forces to create an idyllic escape for twosomes, including outdoor escapades, scenic vineyard views, and tasting fermented fruits. During the romantic overnight, customers visit the family-owned vineyard's tasting room to swish and sip 10 Nebraska-grown libations, including three red wines, five whites, two dessert wines, and unlimited melted-ice wines. The lodge where twosomes stay overlooks the vineyard and boasts a full kitchen, bath, living/dining area, and sleeping space for up to six people ($25 extra per person). Kayakjak’s will bestow each occupant with their own kayak, for either leisurely paddling or fishing, and set them free for a full day on the placid Rock Creek Lake. After spending a day trying to paddle away from the person in the back of your kayak, visitors reboot with a dinner of either enchiladas or beef stew cooked in an outdoor Dutch oven and finished with a dessert of peach cobbler. Duos have flexibility in planning their stay and may opt to have their wine tasting the day they arrive, spend the night in the winery’s lodge, and then kayak the next day, or arrive early for a day of kayaking and stay the night afterward.