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Joanne Edgar

Joanne Edgar

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Joanne Edgar

Nia Brown Belt Teacher
New York, New York, United States

Until I discovered Nia more than 15 years ago, I was a happy desk potato. I was actually a workaholic, but it was work that I believed in, so it wasn’t a problem. I had never danced much, not even in my living room as a child. But it only took one Nia class for the spirit to capture me.

For me, Nia opened paths to movement, health, grace, creativity and more fun than I could have imagined. I gained a whole new set of close friends who both nurture and challenge me. I still confess to workaholic tendencies, but only if they don’t interfere with my Nia practice and all the other activities I have added into my life since I started dancing, such as training for triathlons.

In my professional life, I am a writer and editor living in New York City. I work almost exclusively for nonprofit organizations and foundations, specializing in chronicling stories of social change, particularly foster care reform. I was a founder of Ms. Magazine, where I honed my work ethic, my politics, and my writing and editing skills. When I left Ms. after 17 years, I became communications director for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, a grant-making philanthropy.

For the past 15 years, I have worked on my own as a consultant, which means I am in charge of my own day-to-day schedule (though I have questionable control over sometimes clashing deadlines). This freedom gives me time to hang out with friends and family. It gives me time for my Nia practice and for strange and wonderful vacations, the most recent of which was working with koalas in the Australian bush.

As I dance into my eighth decade, my body is changing, but I’m still growing. I have no idea what the future holds, but I trust there will always be a place in my life for Nia.

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