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GirlForce Initiative Offers Free Jazzercise Classes

on November 27, 2017 - 5:37am

The Jazzercise program in Los Alamos is part of a national Jazzercise Initiative that began offering free classes to young women, ages 16-21 and has decided to continue the free program though 2018. Courtesy image


Young women ages 16-21 are welcome to attend the local Jazzercise classes in White Rock and Espanola for free, as part of their GirlForce initiative. The program was launched in 2017 and has been continued throughout 2018.

“What it all boils down to for me is that Jazzercise is a place where people find that being true to their bodies by getting seriously effective, safe and cutting-edge exercise in a fun and supportive environment leads to all kinds of healthful choices,” local owner Tana Beverwyk-Abouda said.

The community programs have five instructors on staff with plans for three more in 2018. Those interested in teaching can ask any member of the team. Their paths to Jazzercise is as varied as the women themselves. Some have taught in large cities, bringing their experiences to our community and some have been on the Jazzercise path for most of their lives.

Berverwyk-Abouda had a career in the health and fitness industry, when she decided to become a Jazzercise instructor because she was so impressed with the program's quality control, professionalism, safety, effectiveness and support of instructors.

“I currently own classes in White Rock and a store-front Jazzercise Fitness Studio in Espanola,” Beverwyk-Abouda said. Patty Court and Nicole Smith teach the White Rock classes and both were instructors in Albuquerque before moving to Los Alamos and they both bring amazing style to their classes.

The Espanola team finds Audrey Lopez, Selena Valencia and Beverwyk-Abouda as instructors. Lopez has been teaching for over 15 years in Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Espanola and Valencia starting teaching when she was 21. The boss has been involved in Jazzercise since the age of 6 attending classes with her mother.

Jazzercise, Inc. and its franchisees have raised more than $28 million for charities over its 47-year history, this the first time the company has developed a corporate initiative. Girls 16-21 who are interested in joining the GirlForce can find more information at, follow @jazzerciseinc on Instagram, call Beverwyk-Abouda at 505.927.8516 or email

“It has been so much fun to see young women come into class, love it, then bring their moms, sisters, cousins, grandmas,” Beverwyk-Abouda said. “There is a really power in multi-generational hip-shaking and health seeking and seeing teenagers connect the modern music we play while learning that it feels good to be healthy is amazing.”

Two of their new instructors are young ladies that have started in the GirlForce program. As they become instructors, it not only allows them to earn some extra money, it could be a turning point for a hobby/career they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

The White Rock classes are 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays at the White Rock Presbyterian Church at 310 Rover Blvd. The Espanola Jazzercise Fitness Studio offers more than 13 classes a week. Schedules are designed to fit every schedule with classes seven days a week, morning, noon and evening. Experience is not necessary and instructors are able to modify all activities to benefit the student for every session. Students range from teenagers to senior citizens.