1967 Dancercise 1986
TOTAL EXERCISE SYSTEM
Jon Devlin’s acclaimed Dancercise opened its doors in Manhattan in 1967.
On the cutting edge of the exercise explosion, it combined techniques drawn from
a variety of east/west systems including:
Dance, Yoga, Tai-chi, Pilates, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals
and Trager Work.
Through constant media publicity it attracted international attention expanding to four
schools locally, and was introduced in Japan where several teachers were trained in Osaka
and surrounding cities.
In 1986 Jon sold his rights to the Dancercise name and Studios.
Living: "America Shapes Up" By J.D. REED
From Time’s November 2, 1981 Cover story:
“Whether the reason is the music, or the camaraderie, or the behavior-mode technique of encouraging women to smile and shout during the workouts,
Dancercise has reversed the trend of the lonely long-distance runner....
...Says a student at Jon Devlin's Dancercise in New York: ‘My main reason for coming is my head. If I miss three days, I have to come in for my fix.’ Says Devlin: ‘There is something about dancing and music that's magic—it lifts people up.”
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