LaDonte Lotts Hopes to Add JiggAerobics to Fitness Curriculums Across the Globe

by Bridget Conrad | 8/17/2018 6:03 PM

Photo Cred:, photographer: Kenneth Butler.

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker came into my office and showed me a new dance video she found on Instagram. Immediately, I saw people who were extremely into a dance class with an instructor that could command any crowd you put in front of him. Obviously, I needed to know more, so I did some research and found out I was watching a JiggAerobics class that was located 20 minutes from where I live in Louisiana! 

Established in 2015, JiggAerobics is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment, and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensationWith the motto, “Get lit while you get fit,” these exercise classes are more like “fitness parties” that blend modern, upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography for a total body workout 

Creator LaDonte Lotts, aka Ayo Tae, was trained in all styles of dance as a child but gravitated the most to hip-hop. When his parents could no longer afford to pay for formal training, Lotts didn’t let that hold him back. He continued to grow as a dancer by watching YouTube videos and TV. “Dancing has been second nature to me. That’s how I grew up, that’s how I was able to relieve stress,” Lotts told Southern University’s newspaper, The Southern Digest. Lotts went on to be a member of his high school’s step team, dance team, and marching band. Before he graduated high school, he assumed the role of drum major and helped create routines for half-time performances. 

Photo Cred:, photographer: Kenneth Butler.

In 2014, Lotts enrolled in college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and once again became part of the marching band. Throughout college, he participated on the team that’s responsible for the choreography of the band’s halftime field show routines. Also, while he was a member of the Men’s Federation cabinet, he began a weekly fitness/dance class in Southern University’s recreational facility. Quickly, the class received a lot of attention and requests from people outside of the Baton Rouge area started pouring in. This was the moment when Lotts took things to the next level and created JiggAerobics 

The JiggAerobics program makes cardio an enjoyable experience for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Classes target three major muscle groups: upper body, abs, and legs, to give participants increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Want to know the most amazing thing about this fitness program? You can actually burn up to 1,000 calories in a 45-minute class!  

Even though JiggAerobics was already featured in the Wall Street Journal, is just the beginning. Lotts hopes to take JiggAerobics to an international platform, ultimately achieving his goal of adding this fitness plan to school curriculums across the globe. 

To learn more about JiggAerobics, follow @JiggAerobics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and follow LaDonte Lotts on YouTube. 

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