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.
Aesthetician Sonya Uribe doesn't limit the scope of her skincare expertise to the face. Though she does administer facials for a variety of concerns—signs of aging, acne, and sensitive skin among them—she also pampers backs and hands. Her rejuvenating back facial cleans and exfoliates areas that clients can't typically reach, whereas a hand treatment combines organic oils with sea salt to soften the skin. Regardless of whether she's performing a vitamin-C brightening facial or a firming treatment for the skin around the eyes, she always strives to advise clients on their at-home regimen, helping them to maintain healthy, refreshed pores.
Walls the color of champagne partition the styling stations at Coarsegold Salon and Nails—a subtle hint at the staff’s penchant for crafting sparkly acrylic nails and expensive-looking haircuts. In addition to signature manicures and pedicures that refresh appendages with lavender scrubs and hot-stone massages, the salon revivifies tired tresses with hairstyling services for men, women, and children. It may be difficult for customers to pay attention to their hair—or anything else, for that matter—once the work of nail technicians Genna and Monica catches their eyes. True artists at their craft, the two push the boundaries of their acrylic medium with designs that by turns recall a starry night sky, a tropical coral reef, and a zebra seen through 3-D glasses.
The eponymous owner of Clarisa’s Golden Touch specializes in gilding body builders. She wields a professional spray-tanning wand during each treatment, carefully misting the skin to accentuate each patron’s body and skin tone. Whether patrons want full or partial color, Clarisa creates a comfortable environment with in-studio and on-the-go services. She provides thorough instructions for achieving competition color, suggesting that patrons depilate and exfoliate their entire body in advance of the application. By following these steps and also declining double-dog dares to streak through the car wash, patrons achieve tans that last up to ten days.