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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Nia

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Nia

Barb Wesson

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Nia

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Nia

Event Type: Dance Jam

Start: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 10:15am

End: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:30am


201 Hillsboro Avenue, Lower Level , Edwardsville, IL, US


Preregister with Sally Burgess and pay $15.  Email her at: or call 618-779-5378

Register after December 13th and pay $20.

Notes About This Event

The Backstory.....

The music is BIG, the movements are expressive, and the magic lies in our dance of these stories of hope, love and compassion.  Treat your Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit to a holiday Nia class with Barb Wesson, Nia black belt teacher and white belt trainer.  The music is “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Be prepared to move your body in response to musical emotion.

Paul O’Neill, one of the creators of TSO is often asked, “What is the purpose of art?”   His response is, "The purpose of art is to create an emotional response from the person exposed to that art.  The easiest emotion to trigger is anger but anyone, even a child, can do it.  The emotions of empathy, love, and compassion are much harder to evoke but since they operate on a much greater level they bring a much greater reward.  This is the first Christmas Rock Opera of a trilogy.

Barb, the choreographer of this classic Nia routine, played with this album for 4 years before the magic fully emerged.  Not knowing of Paul’s quote above, Barb was intent on bringing the emotion of the music into choreography that is simple yet magical.  She invites each student to allow the emotion to move their body, to become the emotions.  She says that this is her greatest creative work to date.  As the holiday season approaches, she looks forward to sharing this masterpiece once more.

At once, a celebration for what is and hope for what can be, this dance is certain to bring a smile to your face, hope to your heart, and compassion to all you meet on your path.  We will dip and soar and twirl.  We may sing and chant.  We will emote with all our realms!!  And we will sweat.

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