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Nia with Helen Terry

Join me and other Nia teachers of Geneva and Lausanne areas for dancing with Helen!

Helen is an internationally known Nia Faculty trainer, teacher and choreographer.

Spend time around Helen and you will learn something, receive inspiration, and garner support for your dreams and desires (not to mention be highly entertained by her loving sense of humor and English-Texan accent, which many mistake for Australian). ‘ I am passionate about moving people physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I bring people together and inspire them, at my studio, the Ranch and around the world. That turns me on.’

Helen was my Brown Belt trainer last July. Sunday, November 11 from 3 to 4 pm, Helen will give ONE class in Geneva. I welcome Helen with excitement for our community to be able to taste Nia with Helen.

Happy Dancing!

RIDE Event in Geneva

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 to book your spot.

Happy dancing!


End of year message

Dear dancers, supporters and enthusiasts!

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!

Love, always,



Registration is open for Tuesday class!

Join me on Tuesdays at Ecole-Club Migros!

Follow the link to sign up

Join me and other motivated dancers for some really awesome exercise called Nia!

If you are new to Nia, here is what you need to know:

Nia is a fitness movement program that addresses body-mind and emotion.

Nia combines three types of dance, three types of martial arts and three types of healing arts including yoga

Nia will make you sweat, laugh and let go

Nia is danced barefoot, bring your comfortable clothes and water bottle






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Nia: nouvelles dans la region de Geneve

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.

Au Plaisir de vous revoir,

Katia + Mildred


Nia and Jazz Dance

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nIa and jazz dance

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.