Jazzercise owner celebrates eight years in Federal Way

Jena Krantz (left), Kimberly DeMile (center) and Jeanette Hunt (right) lead Jazzercise classes at the King County Aquatic Center and Federal Way Community Center. - Greg Allmain/Federal Way Mirror
Jena Krantz (left), Kimberly DeMile (center) and Jeanette Hunt (right) lead Jazzercise classes at the King County Aquatic Center and Federal Way Community Center.
— image credit: Greg Allmain/Federal Way Mirror

Local Jazzercise class owner Kimberly DeMile will host a free open house at the King County Aquatic Center (KCAC) Banquet Hall at 7 p.m. May 31.

DeMile, who’s been involved with Jazzercise in some form or another for the better part of 15 years, is hosting the open house of the popular workout program as part of celebrating her eighth year as a Jazzercise franchise owner.

DeMile hopes the open house will help people experience the community of Jazzercise and the positive effects it has on people’s lives.

“What I’m trying to do is impart to people that Jazzercise is not old ladies in leg warmers,” she said. “It’s kick-butt music. It’s sound instruction and a lot of fun in a non-pretentious environment. We change things up enough that people don’t get bored. And our program allows people to feel successful because of the consistent nature in which it’s taught.”

DeMile herself had to overcome that perception of Jazzercise when she first started, she said. Following a fatal car crash in which she was a passenger, DeMile said she felt an impetus to try new things in the aftermath of the crash.

Jazzercise originally started in the late 1960s, and has been one of the most successful group workout programs in America, with corporate growth/profits steadily increasing every year since its inception. For women like DeMile, it’s also an opportunity to be self-employed while still being family-oriented.

For the open house, DeMile said anyone decides to sign up for class that night will have their sign-up fee waived. Sign-up fees range between $25 to $45. The theme of the open house will be rock music, DeMile said, with the emphasis for the open house on just having fun and getting a good workout.

“The reason I can make it in Federal Way for eight years, is because I have a really good base of customers,” she added.

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DeMile’s current Jazzercise class schedule runs Monday-Thursday with classes at the aquatic center. There are morning classes on Tuesday and Thursday, along with evening sessions during those Monday-Thursday classes. On Fridays and Saturdays, DeMile takes the show over to the Federal Way Community Center, with an afternoon class on Fridays and a morning class on Saturdays.

“It’s really nice, you don’t have to be a member there (at the Community Center) to attend classes, and members can go to my classes,” she noted.

There are three membership options, ranging from a two-month membership at $52/month to a 12-month membership at $42/month. Either way, the value of Jazzercise is fairly apparent, DeMile said.

“$42 a month seems kind of expensive, but if you’re coming twice a week, that’s $5.25 a class,” she said. “If you go to a hot yoga class or different group fitness classes around, it’s like $18 a class. So five bucks a class? And if you’re coming three or four days a week, obviously your price per class is going down because you’re using it more.”

To learn more, contact (253) 333-8886 or visit


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