Jazzercise launches local GirlForce campaign

Classes are free for girls, women ages 16-21

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 14, 2017

 Jazzercise Mount Clemens owner Lisa Michalik stands outside the studio she opened in 2015 after outgrowing her space inside the Mount Clemens Ice Arena.

Jazzercise Mount Clemens owner Lisa Michalik stands outside the studio she opened in 2015 after outgrowing her space inside the Mount Clemens Ice Arena.

Photo provided by Lisa Michalik

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Jazzercise of Mount Clemens offers a few unique services not seen everywhere in the local fitness community.

For one, it offers 29 Jazzercise classes for all fitness levels seven days per week. In addition, it also offers babysitting services. But what’s most unique is how, through the end of 2017, all classes are free for girls and women ages 16-21.

Owner Lisa Michalik said the free courses are part of the GirlForce initiative created by Jazzercise Corporate based in San Diego, California.

“In addition to helping adults with their health and fitness goals, we hope to make a difference in the life of teen girls by introducing them to a healthy, fit lifestyle that can lead to improved body image and self-esteem,” said Michalik. “These young women are our future leaders, and we want to send them out into the world proudly embracing their strength and power.

“We’ll get fit, have fun and establish some great relationships in a welcoming, non-threatening environment.”

The initiative began Jan. 1 and will continue through Dec. 31.

Jazzercise Corporate CEO and founder Judi Sheppard Missett said in an email that the idea for GirlForce was born during a trip to the White House last summer.

“Last June at the State of Women Summit hosted by the White House, so many amazing speakers talked about the importance of helping girls as they grow up, and a light bulb went off for me,” Sheppard Missett said.

Participating Jazzercise locations will encourage teens and college-age women to join the movement and learn to “dance their own path.” Sheppard Missett said the program “might evolve into other things, but for now we want to keep it simple.”

Michalik, whose Jazzercise classes were once offered inside the Mount Clemens Ice Arena, said there are no contracts to sign and “no strings attached” to take advantage of the special offer.

“We feel fortunate to do business in Mount Clemens,” she said. “This is a way of giving back to our community.”

Jazzercise Mount Clemens relocated to its own site in 2015, located across the street from the ice arena at 273 N. Groesbeck Highway.

Michalik said the move was the result of a considerable growth in their customer base.

“Our instructor team and customer base has consistently grown,” she said. “We provide 29 weekly classes per week and a welcoming environment for people of all ages and fitness levels to have fun getting fit with our dance-based fitness classes that include cardio and strength training.”

Jazzercise Inc. President Shanna Missett Nelson said Jazzercise doesn’t only strengthen the body.

“As a mom of two girls, I know that young women confront unique challenges,” said Missett Nelson. “We know what physical activity does for us. We hope that offering girls a safe place for them to get fit can help … so they can become strong women.”

GirlForce is also perfect for girls who are on dance and sports teams for when there is downtime. Jazzercise is a conditioning form of exercise that can help keep young athletes in shape for the return of the season.

A parent signature is required for 16- and 17-year-olds to participate. For more information or for a complete list of class times, call (586) 307-5299, email jazzercisemtclemens@gmail.com or go to jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-mt-clemens-studio.

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