While Michelle Glazier has seen some changes in Jazzercise over the past 35-years of teaching, she has recognized how the core values of the program remain as strong as ever.

While Michelle Glazier has seen some changes in Jazzercise over the past 35-years of teaching, she has recognized how the core values of the program remain as strong as ever.

“It’s just a big fitness family,” Glazier said. “All of us, we truly care about each other. In a world where you are a number, I think that’s really what sets us apart.”

Glazier reached her 35-year teaching anniversary in May, and is planning a celebration class at Geneseo Jazzercise on Saturday, June 30 at 9 a.m.

In celebration of Glazier’s benchmark achievement, instructors will teach a free DIVA-themed class which includes a special performance routine by the Geneseo team at 10 a.m. with special offers and giveaways for customers.

Certified in 1983, Glazier said it hasn’t felt like 35-years at all and it feels like the program just began in Geneseo.

“What’s kept it going for so long is the program,” Glazier said. “It’s not me. It’s the program. It’s a great fun program that is always changing. You will never be bored in our classes.”

Glazier thinks Jazzercise has lasted because of its ability to adapt and change with what is current and trendy without losing sight of its core values.

The Geneseo Jazzercise team pays top dollar to make sure what is being heard on the radio is what is being played during classes.

“We will meet the needs of what the consumer wants in the fitness industry, but we will stay true to the dance part of it and the music,” Glazier said.

With a variety classes that include different elements, Glazier said even people who say they can’t dance find over time it’s not as intimidating as they think.

“It’s so rewarding for us to see people start in a strength class and before we know it they are kind of watching the cardio classes,” Glazier said. “Then they will try a little bit and then they have got it.”

With over 10 different formats, Glazier praised the abilities of her team of instructors.

She says her staff’s training allows Geneseo Jazzercise to offer a variety of workouts that allows every age group to be able to take a class together.

“Whether it’s someone 80 or someone who’s a teenager, they can come together and work out and both get what they want out of it,” Glazier said.

And Glazier hasn’t seen a change in the support from the Geneseo community who have backed the program from day one.

“The community embraced it as much as I did in the early 80’s, and we just kept going,” Glazier said.

For more information, contact Geneseo Jazzercise at (309) 507-0502 or geneseojazzercise@gmail.com.