Jazzercise for Epilepsy Society

  |  Published: Nov 19th 2017

Saturday 18 November 2017 at Cottesloe School, Wing

On Saturday 18 November, over 150 Jazzercisers took part in a 6 session marathon to raise money for the Epilepsy Society. 10 instructors and 55 routines through the day, including Funky Fusion, Ballet Body & Party Mixx, to keep participants on their toes.

The charity was chosen in memory of a young man from Tring, Jeremy Snape, who sadly lost his life to Epilepsy at the young age of 20. More than half a million people in the UK have epilepsy and one third have seizures that cannot be controlled through available anti-epileptic drugs. There are 1,000 deaths from the condition every year, including many children and young adults. Epilepsy can have a devastating effect on people and their families, affecting all aspects of their lives.

As well as celebrating Jeremy, the group were also celebrating 10 years of Jazzercise in the local area and Keri Donnellan, the class owner, teaching Jazzercise for 25 years. 

To date, more than £7800 has been raised for the Epilepsy Society; £950 of which came from the raffle, which was only possible with the support of local businesses.

After the event, the room was buzzing with energy, with exhausted happy people! Here are sme of the comments:

  • ·        Great day today, everything hurts but so worth it. Thanks to all the instructors, you’re rockstars.
  • ·        Over 25000 steps, more than 3000 calories burned and a huge £7000+ raised
  • ·        Well done to Keri and her amazing instructors and managers. So well organised. Fun with a serious side. Just an amazing experience.

About Jazzercise

The 60-minute Jazzercise class includes a warm-up, high-energy aerobic routines, muscle-toning and cool-down stretch segment. Jazzercise combines elements of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kick-boxing and more to create programs for people of every age and fitness level and has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. 

Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969.  She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing her program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,500 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. 

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