Worldwide Nia event: during the month of March all Nia communities will be dancing a new routine called “RIDE”.
Come dance the routine RIDE with Katia! RIDE connects our hands to our heart (and emotions), and demonstrate how our hands are also connected to our body’s functional, integrative conditioning.
The intend of RIDE is to use hands to touch and connect with space, thereby helping us to move safely and efficiently while functionally conditioning the whole body by integrating the upper body with the lower body. In using our hands as sensory communicators, we are encouraged to sense and open the front, sides and back of the body, and to functionally engage our “shoulder blades,” the bony wings resting over the back of the ribcage that are specifically designed to slide and glide.
Join Katia on 26 March from 18:30 to 19:45 at the Paquis studio – rue Jean-Charles Amat 6. Spots are limited, please sign up early, email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
This has been an amazing year for all of us, with our many dances, our new friendships, and all the special events celebrating our uniqueness and the Nia practice.
As you can imagine, there are a number of tools and approaches available to Nia teachers that help us to ‘move’ people in our training routines. One of the tools that I have been developing in my Nia work this past year is VOICE. Vocalizing in this sense means clearing the stagnant energy in the throat chakra, more precisely, the practice of verbalizing, expressing and even singing, a technique which in fact turns out to be a lot of fun. Since April, I have been learning a new method of movement + vocalization called Kinetic Voice (KiVo), and I expect to be certified to teach KiVo classes as soon as February. As many of you may remember, the founder and director of KiVo, Lis Addison, led an introductory workshop event in March, with much success.
Speaking of events, I wanted to mention how exciting it was to welcome in October my teacher and trainer Ann Christiansen for her first ever big Nia event in Geneva. Ann’s appearance has helped to open up new visions for Nia development in our region and I am looking forward to more events like that in 2018.
Please read on about what will be happening in 2018.
Save the dates and let’s dance!
My Tuesday Nia classes are on at Ecole-Club Migros. Join us starting from January 8 at 7.20 pm. There will be two Nia workshops at Ecole-Club Migros, please sign up directly at the reception.
Colibri Movement Club
I have partnered up with Mildred under the umbrella of Colibri Movement Club, please check out our website! We are opening a brand new class on Monday nights at Space Quartier Paquis – rue Jean-Charles Amat 6, 1202, where both of us will be teaching together. I hope to see many of you there!
Notre communauté Nia de la région de Genève accueille une nouvelle Nia teacher.
Après avoir suivi des cours de Nia pendant deux ans, Mildred s’est lancée pour la formation en juillet dernier. Mildred et moi œuvrons à la création d’un organisme nommé “Colibri”, afin de développer le Nia (cours, événements etc..).
Dès octobre, nous allons ouvrir une leçon par semaine en co-teaching et sommes en train de définir nos besoins et ceux de nos participantes.
Une Danse de bien être, légère, joyeuse et dynamique qui s’intègre bien dans notre quotidien surmené et sérieux.
Cette pratique corporelle s’inspire de 9 autres disciplines telles que : Tai chi-Yoga- danse libre D’isadora Duncan, moderne Jazz, et autres arts maritaux et techniques de développement personnel. Elle se pratique en respect du corps et n’a pas de but de performance, la partie chorégraphie est légère et très secondaire, elle est juste un support pour se faire du bien !
Aucun pré requis n’est nécessaire, si ce n’est l’envie de bouger en musique pour s’offrir une parenthèse de joie et bien-être régulièrement.
Why “JAZZ Dance”? A series of articles on the nine Nia movement forms.
I love the fact that the Nia Technique is based on 52 moves, and that our bodies can move in an unrestricted and limitless manner that allow for personal and imaginative interpretation. Visualize a session where we are dancing a well-known program focusing on yoga arts, then we delve into the same program in a follow-up session but this time the focus is on Jazz Dance. Although both classes may be based on the same moves, they deliver a completely different feel. And that’s ultimately what we are striving for.
When we talk about JAZZ Dance in this case, we need to imagine much more than just the moves, like ‘jazz squares (triad)’ or ‘shimmies’. We should imagine the energy and excitement that JAZZ dance can generate; the fun, sassy and sexy look-at-me kind of energy, at times bouncy like popcorn, other times sudden and unexpected like a bolt of lightning. It’s a flash dance with an attitude that moves you to the puts you up front where you tell your own story through movement.
Here are a few Jazz Dance workout tips from Debbie and Carlos Rosas, founders of the Nia Technique:
– Move and express yourself with pizzazz
– Move and be aware of isolated body parts
– Move and use your face and hands to speak to the world
– Move and play with small gestures that speak with passionate emotion
(Debbie Rosas & Carlos Rosas, The Nia Technique, New York, Broadway books, 2004, p.270)
So why JAZZ Dance? Jazz energy teaches us how to get on the stage of life if we need to. It drives us to show our individuality and helps us to be more outspoken and less restrained. This particular energy will especially benefit people who wish to practice free self-expression in a relaxed environment, like the one that a Nia class can provide. Through JAZZ dance, I was able to teach myself how not to shy away from being in the spotlight, which in turn led me to guide others and become a Nia teacher.
For those who feel at ease with the unique energy that JAZZ Dance creates, your Nia workout will prove to be an even more playful and childlike experience.
Are you a JAZZ-y person? I would love to hear how you play with Jazz energy in or outside your Nia class.
Back in 2011, one of the things that compelled me to start teaching Nia was the need to start having more fun with my workouts, to drop some of the seriousness and even start laughing more. At the time, I saw how my teacher was play-acting and fooling around while leading her class and it got me thinking “why doesn’t she take herself seriously? I tried to imagine myself doing the same, but realized that I couldn’t, because I have suppressed my inner child to the point where I have lost the connection. Since then, I decided to train myself to be more playful and child-like, and now I use these notions when teaching my classes. It took time and dedication, but it was well worth it. We all know that laughter is the best medicine. Laughter has been clinically proven to promote whole body – mind relaxation, boost the immune system, release endorphins, aka “feel – good” chemicals and more. Both dance and laughter work wonders to bring our mind and body back into balance. They connect us to others and keep us grounded, focused and alert.
This is why I have partnered with Lais, a certified Laughter Instructor, for an upcoming event, ‘Laughing and Dancing’ Night. We are excited to be able to share with all of you the wonderful sensations of wellness that the unique combination of dancing and laughing has to offer. Please read our full invitation text here. Please read about Lais here below.
Lais is an ASCA accredited Energy Therapist, Reiki & Meditation teacher. More recently she became certified in Laughter Yoga because she loves the therapeutic benefits of laughing in a group setting. Since then she and her partners created the Geneva Laughter Club that holds monthly laughter events. Read more about Laughter Yoga here .
I am excited to invite you for my 90 minute Nia class focusing on the ‘Joy of Movement’. The aim of this class is to bring joy into the body as you move in your own unique way.
How does it work?
I will demonstrate the fundamental Nia movements while allowing you to ‘tweak’ or adjust the moves in your own way so that you fully enjoy the dance in your body rather than unconsciously imitating the teacher. You will be able to create your own dance by applying the existing choreography along with your own unique personality.
This class is for beginners and seasoned Nia dancers alike.
In this class you will be exposed to:
Nia stances, including explanation (benefits) and mindful exploration (movement)
Nia Dance choreography
Semi-guided Free Dance
Eclectic selection of music including world music, new wave, electro, rock, disco
Good vibes and laughs
What will you experience after the class?
Along with the sensation of a great work out, you will feel both energized and balanced, all at the same time. You may also experience sensations of freedom, expansion, elation and child like curiosity. These sensations are there for you to take with you outside the class in order to continue your unique dance throughout your day.