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Jazzercise adds new instructor and Saturday classes
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Carrie Feist

Carrie Feist, a newly certified Jazzercise instructor, has begun offering classes at the Jazzercise Great Bend Fitness Center. Feist earned the right to teach Jazzercise by completing an intense two-day workshop and performing a letter-perfect audition. Becoming a Jazzercise instructor requires dedication and thorough training. After submitting adequate references and putting in long hours of practice, Feist recently participated in a rigorous workshop in Leawood, sponsored by the Franchise Programs and Services Department of Jazzercise Inc. She was required to learn approximately 15 Jazzercise routines for her audition; pass a written exam on basic anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition; learn Jazzercise business practices; and become certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
With the addition of Feist, the Jazzercise Great Bend Fitness Center will be expanding its schedule to offer classes six days a week.  The newest class, Saturday at 9:45 a.m., will begin on March 8.  
Jazzercise owner Charise Oelger stated, “With another instructor we are able to expand our schedule to accommodate new participants and to provide current participants with a greater choice of convenient class times. I’m excited about the growth of Jazzercise locally, said Oelger. Jazzercise offers a unique blend of fitness and jazz dance that Great Bend residents have discovered is a lot of fun. Having classes most days of the week will just make it easier for participants to enjoy a workout where and when it works with their schedule.”  Regular Jazzercise classes are offered at 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Feist will be teaching Wednesday evenings as well. Lo classes are offered Monday through Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Current specials, class information, and pricing information can be found at, checking out the Great Bend Jazzercise Center facebook page, or contacting Oelger by email or phone.
Jazzercise combines effective exercise with jazz dance-based choreography and popular music. Each 60-minute high-energy class includes a warm up, aerobic segment, muscle toning and flexibility exercises, and a cool-down. Fresh choreography is continually introduced into the program as Jazzercise founder Judi Sheppard Missett creates new routines every ten weeks. The non-competitive atmosphere makes it easy for people of all fitness levels to participate. Instructors demonstrate both challenging movements and low-impact variations. Most importantly, Jazzercise classes are designed to be fun.