Jenn Hicks

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Sing-a-long Nia Dance Jam: A fundraiser

Saturday, September 17th, 2016


~ Dance – Sing – Raise $ to Save Dogs ~


In celebration of 10 years as a Nia teacher, Jenn is having a fundraising party!

Join Jenn and her Nia colleagues as we dance and sing to fun & familiar songs!

Proceeds from this event will benefit Save Me Rescue, a local dog rescue organization.

There will be a silent auction, raffle and you’ll have a chance to meet some adorable dogs

(who are looking for fur-ever homes)!


Get your tickets here!


Nia dance jam fundraiser

We’ll have a fun afternoon of dancing and singing
as well as raising $ for Save Me Rescue though

– a silent auction

– a 50/50 raffle


– a specially designed Nia calendar ($20)



Supporters of the cause will be selling merchandise to raise even more $!

101 Life Hacks Inspired by the Dog Park is a book written by Nia dancer Alysa Golden

S’wag Jewellery is a jewellery company owned/operated by Nia dancer Sarah Dobranowski


I’m With Sarah is a sewing company owned/operated by

2 Nia dancers Sarah Dobranowski and Sarah Etienne


More information here!

These are just some of the cuties looking for fur-ever homes.

Learn about them at the fundraiser on Sunday and/or by visiting


Exercise Addiction – My Story in the Toronto Star & On Talk 1010 Radio

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

I’m not shy about my past. After coming out the other side of a major mental health crisis I knew I needed to share my story. I speak openly quite often about my history of an exercise addiction and anorexia. I view the fact that I have bipolar disorder as one of my assets, not something that brings me down.

People say things like “you’re brave for sharing your story”. I disagree. The courageous part was surviving what I went through.

Why has it been so important for me to share? It’s because I CAN. I won’t perpetuate the shame and stigma of mental health issues that has long existed in my family and many others.


We all have a story. Telling mine helps me to feel that I’m making meaning and purpose out of the confusion I’ve been through. And I trust that elements of my experience will resonant with and inspire others (no matter what one’s life situation is).

This is why I was thrilled when I was contacted by Lauren Pelley of the Toronto Star to be interviewed for an article on Exercise Addiction. You can read that article here – or click on the images below.

You can also listen to an interview on NewsTalk 1010 that Barb DeGiulio did with me here or on the audio file below.






You can listen to my interview with Barb DiGiulio below. I’m not sure how to take being introduced with Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” playing in the background… Luckily I do have a good sense of humour so am not offended by it. I did however do one *giant* eye roll upon hearing it while waiting for the interview to begin!