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Mixtape of the Month: Jazzercise

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

July's "mixtape of the month" is Cassette 1 from Judi Sheppard Missett's Jazzercise tapes.

This is a tape I came across on eBay recently. The album art alone caught my eye.



You may have heard of Jazzercise, as it was one of the biggest franchises of the 1980s.

The aerobic dancing company is actually still around today (Google Maps says that there's still one in Manhattan) and led by the original creator, Judi Sheppard Missett, and her daughter, Shanna Missett Nelson. (There's an interesting video from 2019 about the company by Inc.com, which you can watch here).


Judi has put out a ton of videos over the past 50(!) years—including the first exercise video to be certified gold by the RIAA. Here's a classic from 1983 that someone uploaded to YouTube:

On the cassette tape, Judi herself guides you through a series of exercises set to a playlist of original music. The instructions are kind of hard to follow without any visuals, but I love the way she syncs the instructions up with the music, as if they are the lyrics to a song.


Listen here:


Here are the lyrics to Upper Torso, part 1


Let's Jazzercise that upper torso now, c'mon

I wanna see a big smile on your face

Take a big breath, arms overhead

yeah that looks good

Now breath out, arms down

Stretch overhead

Right and left

and right and left

just stretch it right

and left and right and left and

right, yeah, left, woo!

you look terrific!

C'mon, keep it moving, yeah

Now stretch it side right

and left and right

and left and right

center left

center right

center yeah, yeah

Alright Alright [inaudible] fine, yeah.

C'mon now stretch it overhead again

the right

[Jazzercise] and left yeah

[You going to Jazzercise now]

Keep it goin' goin'

[Jazzerise, you wanna Jazzercise now]

Oh yeah, c'mon keep stretching it

right and left and right

and left now side right

and left, yeah

and right

and left

c'mon, c'mon keep smiling

you look terrific

yes, uh

the right center

left center

right

left

and right

and overhead right

and left, yeah

and right

and left

yeah, woo!

It feels good!

You look good!

C'mon C'mon and do it, yeah

Stretch it to the side again

a-right

a-left

a-right

center left

center right

center left

center, yeah.

Woo!

Keep smilin smilin smilin, yeah!

Overhead right

and left

and right

and left

yeah!

C'mon c'mon keep smilin'

now lets do a waistline stretcher

to the right

reach it out

round it over

and reach it out, left side

over

and out

round it down

and reach it out

to the right side

stretch

reach it out

take it down

and reach it out

left side

stretch

reach out

round it over

and reach it out now

bring your feet together with the rib cage

contract release

here we go

contract release

contract release

contract release

yeah

c'mon now move that rib cage, yeah

in out in out

in out, now add the arms

in out in out

yeah

cmon get rid of midriff bulge, you can do it

woo!

yeah, yeah

keep it goin going goin

[Jazzercise, You going to Jazzercise now]

yes it is!

[Jazzercise You want to Jazzercise now]

woo! and it feels so good, uh-huh!

now a waistline swing through

right, center

swing it left, center

swing it right, center

swing it left, center

swing it right, center

and left

easy does it

nice and graceful

stretch it stretch it

and keep on smilin, yeah

right, center

and left, center

alright

center

and left, center

and right, center

and left, center

yeah!

oh, doesn't that stretch feel terrific?

it's gonna make you look terrific too, cmon now

keep it goin'

yeah

yeah

now feet together

with the rib cage

contract and release again

take it now

in out in out

in out yeah yeah yeah

alright alright [rolling tongue noises] yeah

you can do it, uh

woo!

now add the arms

in out in out, yeah

whoa it feels good!

c'mon, feel that beat

yeah, keep smilin lots of teeth

lots of teeth, yeah

in out in out

in now on the knees, keep goin'

[Jazzercise, You going to Jazzercise now]

in out in out contract release contract release

[Jazzercise] alright, keep goin'

You wanna Jazzercise now]

you ready?

Take it to the floor

stretch it

You were sensational.


I transcribed this song myself, so apologies if there are any inaccuracies.


Enjoy! Let me know if you've ever done Jazzercise. I think I would love to check out a session in NYC.






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