EMMA STADER

JOB: Jazzercise dance instructor, 2350 Spruce Hills Drive

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Augustana College, 1983

FAMILY: Husband, John, is a chiropractor. Children: Nicholas, 25, and Jenna, 23.

You are synonymous with Jazzercise and Bettendorf. What's the history?

I moved to Bettendorf in 1985 when I purchased the Bettendorf Jazzercise franchise. I taught classes at the Lincoln Center on Central Avenue, which has since been torn down. I ran the franchise for 12 years but sold it 17 years ago so I could focus more on my family. This is my 29th year teaching Jazzercise in Bettendorf.

How many clients and classes does the Bettendorf Jazzercise franchise have?

We have about 160 clients ranging in age from 14 to 79 attending 36 classes a week. Weekdays, we have four classes before 10 a.m., two evening classes before 7 p.m., with additional classes Saturday and Sunday mornings. I teach three to four classes a week.

What is Jazzercise?

It's a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing movements. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor.

What is your goal when you teach?

Whether students come to class to lose weight or to release stress, I try to encourage my students that exercise needs to be done on a constant basis. The dance component of Jazzercise helps to keep it fun. Sometimes, fitness can be boring, and we motivate our students to express themselves and have fun through dance!

What's the most rewarding thing about being a dance instructor?

I have been able to touch people's live and have established lifelong friendships through Jazzercise. I love making my students laugh and see them with a big smile on their face. Sense of humor is important in life and I love to share that.

— Compiled by John Baer

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