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Dance Lesson by Joy Kogawa

Friday, August 1st, 2014



I have a student named Katherine who truly understands the essence of Nia. It is so joyful to watch her move with such grace and appreciation for her own movement possibilities.

Last week, after our class at The Healthy Joint, she handed me this poem entitled “Dance Lesson” by Joy Kogawa. I took a picture of it to include in this post as I adore reading hand writing (maybe you do too?), and because of the simple beauty of pen and paper (which remind me very much of Katherine). Also, doesn’t she have the most beautiful handwriting?


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I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. My favourite part? “…Calling out that any awkward step will do”

If you’re having a difficult time reading it, here it is in typeface:


Dance Lesson
~ by Joy Kogawa ~

The Dance Master
Dances in the tunnels
In the bone marrow
Calling out
That any awkward step
Will do

Here then and here
Are the gentlest of arms
Holding the limbs
Of the swaying sounds

How beautifully music
Moves in the air
With the dance master naming
our names like a song.

Beach Nia at Jill Hewlett’s Women’s Wellness Circle 2.0

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

It was a pleasure to be part of Jill Hewlett’s Women’s Circle for the second year in a row this past Friday night. We had a large circle of very spirited women join us at Ashbridges Bay, some of whom were experiencing Nia for the first time.



Photo by Mopo Arts


I really enjoy passing along great music and promoting musical genius, so here’s my playlist from that night. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



Take the Long Way ~ Po’ Girl

Brave ~ Sara Bareilles

Grateful ~ Nimo feat. Daniel Nahmod

I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) ~ Michael Franti

River Deep, Mountain High ~ Glee Cast

Give Thanks (feat. Tevya Jones AKA Wisdom) ~ +Elijah- And The Band Of Light

U R the Answer ~ Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith

Trip the Light ~ Alicia Lemke (made famous by the “Where the Hell is Matt” 2012 Project)

Everybody ~ Ingrid Michaelson

I Know~  Karen Drucker

Remember ~ Omkara


If you’re interested in even more good music you can see last year’s playlist here.  And, if you want to continue to be inspired by the unique and magical combination of movement and music that is Nia, check out my class schedule here.  If you prefer to dance at home, you might want to look at the collection of Nia DVDs I have for sale here.