Kathy Davis has been a part of Jazzercise for an amazing 38 years – 5 years as a student and then 33 years as a teacher. She has a true passion for movement, people and music. She leads every class with a smile on her face and an entertaining story to share.
Kathy’s first Jazzercise location was in the West Allis area. She was there for about 2 years before moving her classes to St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Greendale on the corner of Northway and Grange. Her first class at that location drew in over 70 people! She eventually moved the evening classes to Ambruster Elementary School that was behind Southridge Mall. She was there for 11-12 years before transitioning her classes to Franklin. Working with the Franklin Community Education & Recreation Department, Kathy led Jazzercise classes at Robinwood, Ben Franklin and finally at Forest Park Middle School for a total of about 18 years.
Recently, Kathy moved to Cho’s Martial Arts School (AM Classes) and Christ United Methodist Church (PM Classes) in Greenfield. Her classes draw attendees from Greendale, Franklin, Muskego, Greenfield and other surrounding communities.
If you would like to try a fun fitness program with great music and an amazing instructor, contact Kathy for more info at 414-412-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy and her husband Pete have been married for 35 years and have lived in Greendale for 32 of those years. They have two sets of twins, ages 31 and 27. All female. They also have two adorable Havanese dogs: Olive and Hazel. Kathy shared that there have been a lot of pets at their house through the years, always two at a time. Two dogs, two cats, two guinea pigs. Always, always two. 🙂
“A simple, good, happy life.”
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: People. I’m very much a people person. And this group comes with people, lots of them! I am very into health and fitness and have become more so as I’ve gotten older. And I’m into music. This kind of put it all together. Because it’s a franchise, I do run my own business. I’ve enjoyed that part of it, too. It’s a great job!
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Greendale and what do you love there?
A: Ruby Tuesday salad bar. It’s just one of the best ever salad bars. That’s all I get. In fact, Pete does too. My girls, when we take them to Ruby Tuesday, everybody gets salad bar.
Q: How long have you lived in Greendale?
A: Since 1987. 32 years.
We raised both sets of twins in Greendale. They are now 27 and 31. They arrived when we were living on Darnell Lane. And right now, Tom Reifenberg – the wonderful band director – and his wife live in our old house! It’s pretty fun. All four of the kids were in band, so they think it’s pretty cool.
That’s where we started. We were there (on Darnell) 11 years and then we’ve been in our current house on Forest court for the rest of the time.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Greendale?
A: Judy Fons. Wonderful Judy Fons. (Greendale School Board 2000-2009)
We lived across the street from them on Darnell for 11 years. She and her husband, Attorney Norm Fons, and their children. They have adult kids now who all have their own children. They are a wonderful family. They were wonderful parents. Judy Fons has done so much for the community. There’s nothing that she hasn’t done to make Greendale a better place.
A: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I want to jump in the car and I want to drive. I would love to road trip. I’d like to be able to find some past friends that I haven’t seen in forever and just see what they’re doing today. I’d like to drive Wisconsin and I’d like to drive around the United States and visit some of these people that I don’t get a chance to spend time with. I have a few friends in New York. I used to live in New York for a very short period of time. I’ve got a friend who now lives in Florida that I haven’t seen in 35 years and a friend in the San Diego area. Two of our daughters live in Las Vegas and North Carolina.
And Door County. I must say something about Door county and, in particular, Egg Harbor. It is our favorite place. We just love it.
Q: What is your favorite movie? Or what is the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
A: I have two forever favorites: The Sound of Music and the Wizard of Oz.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Always treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself. If we would all keep that in our minds the world would certainly be kinder.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: I don’t really have a bucket list, but Pete and I might someday possibly like to have a home on a lake. Pete loves the water and he has drawn me to the water also. I don’t think that would be our permanent home but something that we could maybe buy and fix up. Something that’s on some water that maybe we could have a little boat.
Q: What is your favorite music / three bands you’d like to see (dead or alive)?
A: Maroon 5. Jimmy Buffett. Zac Brown.
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Greendale?
A: Ricardo’s. It’s just a great place. Everyone loves Ricardo’s. I know a lot of people will just stop in there for a beer on a Thursday night and meet up with friends. We have some friends that meet there every single Thursday evening! They got this little group and they always say “come on down”.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Greendale would you have lunch?
A: Judi Sheppard Missett. She founded Jazzercise 50 years ago and is 75 years old. I would take her to Joey Gerard’s. And if that wasn’t open, I would go to Panther Pub.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Greendale?
A: It’s a great place to raise a family. The schools are phenomenal. The Village is so sweet and a great place. We also loved the Village Club. We didn’t go to the Village Club when the kids were really young. We started when they were a little bit older. We really appreciate it being there. Eventually the kids worked there (3 of them). They were swim coaches and instructors. They put in lots and lots of hours with John Bly.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: Hopefully healthy, hopefully very active and helping other people: family members, friends, neighbors and just doing for others.
Will I be teaching Jazzercise in 5 to 10 years? I might still be!
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I wear my heart on my sleeve. It’s all very simple, but it’s very important to me. I love children. I love animals, all animals. I am an avid birder. I love my birds and especially my Orioles. I think anybody that I know well knows all that about me. I love my family. I love my mom. My mom is still living and I just love to help my mom and my mother in law.
Q: What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word home?
A: Family, the feeling of being safe, and love.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your costar, who would you choose?
A: I chose one man and one woman. Male: Robert Redford. Female: Julia Roberts. She just seems fun. I’ve seen her interviewed before and she’s kind of sassy. She’s kind of witty. She’s got a great smile. And Robert, I like to look at him. 🙂
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for who would you choose? Chef housekeeper, driver, coach, physical fitness trainer or nanny.
A: I would go with a housekeeper. It’s just a lot to keep up with year after year. A lot of dusting!