Sunday afternoons meant Jazzercise class at 3:30 pm with Audra, the uber skinny, red headed vegan instructor teaching.
The Jazzercise studio was a long room on the second floor of an older mixed use building on 18th/E. Burnside. Audra was on a raised stage with a microphone headset thing and a black sign behind her that said “JAZZERCISE”. A Top 40 hit was blasting. Traffic on Burnside blasted by outside the windows. She was in a green leopard tank top with “Jazzercise” written across the front, calf link black lycra workout pants, manic panic red hair and pale. I knew she wasn’t a full time Jazzercise instructor. She worked in the bakery of a Whole Foods to pay the bills.
“How’s everyone doing?” she asked.
I turned my head and in the class of 25 no one answered. The woman with thick blonde hair down to her knees was behind me dancing. She never put my hair up. It was a mystery how she could Jazzercize with all that hair flapping around. She was in her mid-50′s, tan and wore a knee brace.
We were beginning class with stretches, marches and toe-taps.
“Is this thing on?” Audra tapped the microphone.
I smiled. This was normal Audra behavior. She was so energetic it was like she had had 3 cups of coffee before class. When I first starting taking Jazzercise classes two years earlier she irritated the crap out of me. I meticulously watched the online Jazzercise schedule so I wouldn’t have to take classes with her.
“Let’s try that again,” the music changed and we started in on a cardio routine. “How’s everyone doing?”
A series of “woos” belted out behind me. That’s how it was at Jazzercise. The instructors asked a question and sometimes everyone yelled “woo!” It took me a long time to appreciate Audra’s style and the random “woos!”. I learned that she was high energy for a reason. I always got the best workouts form her. She was non-stop movement.
Just like me.
From the time I woke up in the morning, had a cup of coffee, went to my office and wrote, worked with clients, cleaned my house, biked to Jazzercise, ate dinner, took a shower, cleaned my house and went to bed it was go time.