Pamela Fontaine, of Williston, opened her Jazzercise studio in 1998 in the New North End of Burlington. She operated there until 2006 when she moved to Colchester. This year marks her 10th year in business in Colchester.
“I was introduced to the dance fitness program in 1997 by a neighbor,” explained Fontaine of the franchise. “First I babysat in the childcare room in trade for classes, then moved to a position behind the desk as a Class Manager. It was not long before I realized I belonged on stage. I trained and was certified in fall of 1998, worked for another franchisee, then moved out on my own in June 1999.”
Over the past 16 years the most memorable moment Fontaine remembers is the day she opened her own studio in Colchester at the old school house on Main Street. The fitness center is now located in Creek Farm Plaza.
“The biggest reward for me has been for me to witness transformations, milestones, life changes and success for each individual that has walked through our doors,” added Fontaine. “I have made many life-long connections and friends, locally and afar. And I have the best support system with my dedicated staff. It is about fitness [and friendship]; you walk in as strangers and walk out as friends.”