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Jazzercise Franchise Cost & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 1979

Franchising Since: 1982

Headquarters: Carlsbad, California


Business Description: The Jazzercise dance fitness program's aim is to promote total fitness through dance. Instructors lead classes through dance routines that are choreographed to popular tunes. Instructors learn these dance routines via routine packets that contain choreographed routines which are currently on DVD. In addition, Jazzercise operates a division called “Jazzercise Apparel” which distributes products such as clothing, accessories, DVDs, equipment and visual recordings bearing the “Jazzercise” name.


Franchise Offer: The franchisee will act as an Instructor of the Jazzercise dance fitness program. Some instructors are class owners and sign a Franchise Agreement specific to class owners. Other instructors are associate instructors who only teach classes for other franchisees. Some instructors are licensed to conduct a dance fitness program consisting solely of less strenuous formats. Some instructors are licensed to conduct a dance fitness program limited to children's programs.


Financial Assistance: Jazzercise does not offer direct or indirect financing. Jazzercise does not guarantee note, lease or obligation.


Training and Assistance: : Franchisees will be sent a pre-workshop training packet approximately four to six weeks before the initial training workshop begins. The training packet contains the instructional materials for each subject: text material on health and fitness, and instructional presentations on techniques, safety guidelines, leadership and Jazzercise choreography. Franchisees must review the materials and practice the routines during this period of time. The one to three day extensive workshop for all franchisees is conducted at selected locations throughout the country. Jazzercise does not charge for this training or service, but franchisees must pay travel and living expenses while attending the workshop if the franchisee chooses to attend a workshop conducted away from his/her residence. Franchisees must comply with all of Jazzercise's reasonable requests to attend meetings and training sessions, including the Continuing Instructor Education Program. Franchisees must attend all district meetings.


Territory: Franchisees will not receive an exclusive territory. Franchisees may face competition from other franchisees or from other channels of distribution or competitive brands that the franchisor controls. Franchisees are granted a non-exclusive right to conduct the Jazzercise dance fitness program at designated facilities and on approved dates and times within a non-exclusive territory. Territories are a state or a portion of a state.


Term of Agreement and Renewal: The length of the franchise agreement is five years. If the franchisee meets certain conditions, franchisee can enter into a renewal Franchise Agreement for an additional term of five years.


Obligations and Restrictions: The franchisee is the only individual authorized to conduct the Jazzercise dance fitness program. Some instructors are only permitted to conduct a dance fitness program consisting solely of less strenuous routines, consisting solely of low impact routines or consisting solely of children's programs. An instructor must be actively teaching, as periodically described by Jazzercise in its Franchise Zone, in order to remain a franchisee. Business franchisees do not act as instructors at all. Business franchisees are not permitted to teach classes at all and must make arrangements with other Jazzercise instructors to do so. If the franchisee wishes to do so, he/she may sell certain clothing, accessories, DVDs and other products which we make available under the Jazzercise trademarks. Franchisees may not sell these products via the Internet. Franchisees are not permitted to vary the Jazzercise program or to add products or services which Jazzercise does not authorize.


Estimated Number of Units: 8,185


Investment Tables

Initial Investment

For Franchisees Who Do Not Lease Commercial Facilities

Name of Fee Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $2,000 $2,000
Travel and Living Expenses While Training $0 $1,000
Real Estate and Improvements N/A N/A
Equipment $1,750 $8,000
Miscellaneous Opening Costs $500 $1,000
Opening Inventory $0 $1,000
Additional Funds - 3 Months $30 $650
Estimated Total $4,280 $13,650


For Franchisees Who Lease Facilities

Name of Fee Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $2,000 $2,000
Travel and Living Expenses While Training $0 $1,500
Real Estate and Improvements $5,000 $50,000
Equipment $3,000 $10,000
Miscellaneous Opening Costs $500 $5,000
Opening Inventory $0 $1,000
Additional Funds - 3 Months $100 $7,000
Estimated Total $10,600 $76,500


Other Fees

Type of Fee Amount
Continuing Franchise Fee 20% of gross customer enrollment (10% for certain programs). Minimum rate applies. Business franchise minimum is $500.00 per month.
Associate Fee Currently, $100 per year.
Performance Royalties Varies, depending on organization and number of customers.
Returning Franchise Fee $250
Recertification Fee $1,000
Relocation fee $75
EFT Processing Fee $$1 per customer set up by Jazzercise, Inc. and $0.10 per customer per month.
Customer Reimbursement Fee Payment of Jazzercise's costs.
Indemnification Payment of Jazzercise's losses and costs.
Late Fee $50
Associate Late Fee $25
NSF Administrative Handling Fee $25
Attorney's Fees Reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
Advertising Contribution To be determined.
Insurance Payment $170 to $220

Year of FDD: 2013 

The above information has been compiled from the FDD of Jazzercise.

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