Jazzercise Victoria



Laura Uppal

From a young age, office work was my passion, or so I though. I enrolled in an Office Administration program but soon realized I wanted to HAVE, not BE a secretary, so I went to night school, eventually earning a Business Administration diploma. During the day, I worked – full time with a local technology company and part time at two other jobs. I also started dating the man who would one day become my husband.

Needless to say, I had little time for recreational activities, but I was 19 and filled with energy, so my friend and I attended aerobics classes at our local recreation center. It seemed like a good idea, but getting ourselves to class was torture. “And knee lift, and 32 more, now 31, now 30….and so on”.

As we were leaving class one evening, hoards of people entered the room. The class assembled, the music started, and I found myself transfixed. The music was catchy, and the routines were enthralling. We had to see what this was all about and how we could join their group. Well, that was my introduction to Jazzercise and I’ve been hooked ever since.

In 1995, I became pregnant with our first child. I left my Office Management job to be a stay-at-home mom, but I continued to Jazzercise through my pregnancy (barf-bag not too far away at any given point in time). After our daughter was born, I was back at Jazzercise within 2 months.

Two years later, our son was born. He was a colicky baby, so I got my exercise as I bounced him and walked with him and rocked him in my arms, but with so many sleepless nights and exhausting days, Jazzercise went by the wayside. Unfortunately, it was the easiest thing to let go.

A couple of years later, our third child was born. I needed Jazzercise to help me through the post partum depression and to get me out of the house, so I hunted for the nearest class. I loved my classes and looked forward to every Tuesday and Thursday night when I got a little time for me! A release! The friendly group would greet me, and then I’d get lost in the music for an entire hour.

After our third child turned two, I took my Jazzercise passion to the next level and became a Certified Jazzercise Instructor. It was totally outside my comfort zone. After all, I was the one who would quietly slip in and find an inconspicuous place to retreat to at a party. And now you want me to strap on a microphone and lead a motivating, energizing, invigorating Jazzercise class?

I instructed once e a week at the local recreation center at a lousy time on a lousy day, (3:00 Sunday afternoons), but the classes grew.

In 2007, I started working through some BCRPA courses and became a Certified Weight Trainer and in 2008, a Personal Trainer. With my team of instructors, I now offer seven Jazzercise classes throughout the week and a Body Sculpting class as well.

It’s not what I would have expected to be doing at this point in my life. Growing up, I was never a sports and fitness fanatic. I’m still not! But physical fitness has had an amazing impact on my life. I predominantly work out because I enjoy it. All the other benefits are a bonus to me. I hope that I can motivate you to do the same thing!


Megan B.
Associate Instructor
Kymberli G.
Associate Instructor
Sabrina G.
Associate Instructor