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Dancing Through Life With Pleasure: Nia Student Stories

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
I’ve been dancing with Kim since 2013. She graciously shared her Nia story with me!

Nia movement is life
Nia is fun!

Nia with Jennifer turned a corner for me. 

I had previously tried all sorts of other physical activities and found they were either not fun, too repetitive (aka boring), or too constraining (striving to attain perfection is frustrating if you don’t possess a competitive personality).” 

Nia: no judgement & lots of laughter

“I love Jenn’s approach to her Nia classes – ensuring everyone feels comfortable in taking the routine only as far as their own bodies can go that day – without judgement, without goals, other than to enjoy the movement.  I always feel rejuvenated by the low impact technique and did I mention the typical laughter that also flows in each session?”

Thank you, Kim, for sharing your story and experiences with Nia!

Want to share your experience and inspire others? Contact me!

New to Nia and ready to experience a class? Take a look at my schedule or visit NiaNow.com to find a class in your neighbourhood!

Dancing Through Life With Pleasure: Nia Student Stories

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Photo by Nia Technique

Photo by Nia Technique

Meet Sue: she has been attending weekend classes at Joy of Dance since 2012.  She is a very dedicated student of Nia and graciously responded to my invitation to share her Nia story. My experience with Nia has been about getting more into my body and so I am so inspired to know that Sue shares that!

Here is her story:

“The last couple of classes I noticed something weird. I saw my body doing rather complex patterns correctly without my even thinking about it. It was just falling into the music and doing what everyone else was doing – with it’s own touch of style. I just had to watch and enjoy. Wow! What fun!

I don’t even know for sure how I ended up in Jenn’s NIA class. I think it started when a therapist said I should get more into my body. Next thing I knew I was looking up NIA classes on the web and thinking, “Hmm, Joy of Dance, isn’t that near me?”

But the thing is, I don’t even remember how I heard of NIA in the first place. Must have been some kind of grace. Since then, NIA with Jenn has been an important anchor in my life. I always feel a un-anchored on weekends and can get a bit down if I don’t watch it – not doing enough fun things – spending too much time doing (or avoiding) chores, etc. NIA gets me up and out on weekends – having serious fun first thing in the morning.

Jenn picks great music – stuff I normally wouldn’t think of. I just knew she was going to grab the Pan Am song and choreograph it for us – and she did – it’s great! I just love the exuberance factor – inherent in NIA but channeled beautifully by Jenn and my classmates.  Even though I was never athletic I have always enjoyed movement and NIA kicks it up a notch – or several. And speaking of kicks – I love the mix of abrupt martial arts and more flowy dance forms and how the movements are constantly changing”.

Thank you, Sue, for sharing your story and experiences with Nia!

Want to share your experience and inspire others? Contact me!

New to Nia and ready to experience a class? Take a look at my schedule or visit NiaNow.com to find a class in your neighbourhood!