Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2007

Jazzercise to hit Nottingham

September 6, 2007

The Jazzercise exercise program has the potential to grow in Eudora.

Instructor Jacque Tummons is working to make the most of that potential.

She has led the aerobic and dance classes in the city for about a year, but with a new recreation facility under construction, she thinks it's about time to expand.

She's also preparing her students for a big show.

Her students, including some from Eudora, will be out in front of the screaming fans at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 6 performing a routine during halftime of the Kansas City Chiefs football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tummons has brought groups to the same event for almost a decade, she said.

"It was obviously a huge thing," she said.

To publicize the program and to help raise money for the halftime show, she's offering a Jazzercise class at 9 a.m. Saturday at Nottingham Elementary School, 1428 Elm St.

"I have been trying so hard to get the word out for Jazzercise in this town," Tummons said. "I know there are more women in this town that would love Jazzercise, but just trying to get anyone to try something new is hard to do."

Tummons has been trying to spread the popularity of Jazzercise through word-of-mouth, she said.

The program blends aerobic work with jazz dancing, resistance training and kickboxing.

The class usually lasts about an hour and contains stretching, warm up and training exercises, Tummons said.

"It doesn't matter if you have rhythm or coordination," Tummons said.

The class is free, but Tummons will be taking donations for the show. The halftime event raises money for the Chiefs Children's Fund and for breast cancer awareness.

Although this year's roster of dancers is full, participants still need to raise at least $275 to attend the game.

"I've got 15 to 20 people who have never done it before, so that's exciting," Tummons said.

During the show, participants perform several of the routines learned in class backed by music.

It's an incredible experience, Tummons aid.

In addition to the opportunity to perform, participants are granted a seat behind the team during the game.

"If you are a football fan on top of this event, it's the biggest rush you could ever imagine," Tummons said.

Moments on the field pass quickly, she said.

"The six minutes is like 30 seconds because your adrenaline is rushing," Tummons said.

For more information about the Jazzercise class or the halftime show, call Tummons at (785) 709-1098.

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