"Isabelle Walker-Lefebvre, 47, a Nia dance teacher, will be feeling a lot more of the winter chill this year after having her long curly hair removed to raise money for depression-recovery charity Journeys."
"Nia is not your average dance class. It’s a wonderland of high kicks, shimmies, punches, stretches, noises, sweat, and lots of laughs. And before you think this sounds strangely like Zumba or Jazzercise, it’s not."
"Nia is founded in the idea that fitness meant not only physical but emotional and spiritual well-being, and that pleasure and joy rather than pain and guilt produce lasting results, NIA carved new ground in the field of fitness by combining aerobic movements with T’ai Chi and other martial arts,... Read more
"The Nia sequences were relatively simple and straightforward to follow, and mixed in different elements, such as karate chopping with the hands and kicks to the side. Some students smiled the entire time, and their enthusiasm was infectious." - Nicole Tsong
Little did Sarah Love know that when she started taking Nia classes in 1999, she would become one of the movement’s most dedicated instructors and eventually teach college students about the role that movement, visual art, music, writing and media can play in problem-solving.
"Shannon Mairs first experienced Nia, a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, in 2003. The mother of twins (then 3 years old), she was overweight and easily became winded and short of breath. She knew it was time to make a change."
"Like so many of us, Minna Aalto took a few detours until she found her niche. Instead of following a career with her Master’s degree, she was moved to carve out a livelihood by teaching Nia, a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance and healing arts."
Jill Factor, of Boulder, is a Nia Black Belt teacher and White Belt trainer. She has studied dance most of her life (modern, jazz) and was a member of the 40 Women Over 40 dance group. She discovered Nia 12 years ago and liked it because it combined movement and... Read more
"Thanks to Zumba infomercials and testimonials, everyone knows that you can burn a lot of calories from dancing, but a new-to-NEPA dance fitness class hopes to teach participants more than just moves that burn."
Nia Teacher Maureen Small has her Nia class featured on French Television in a report by journalist Bérengère Bourgeot for France 3 Rhone- Alpes' regional edition. Bourgeot gives a short synopsis of the many benefits of Nia as a "new" fusion fitness that is growing in France. The report explains... Read more
"With so many new workout options available, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Luckily, we’ve done some of the work for you! Here are 7 FOFriendly workouts that you’ve probably never tried but should! Plus, they were all started by FOFs!"
"Debbie Rosas is the creator of a new fitness craze called “Nia”. And she happens to be  years old. Nia is designed to work functionally with the body, reducing stress and injury, and increasing overall FUN in a workout. Rosas is the image of a young, energetic woman, regardless... Read more
Eric Johnson, a forensic and clinical psychologist with the Oregon Forensic Institute, is 58 years old and stands at 6 feet, 3 inches. Eighteen months ago, he was looking for something low-impact but aerobic to add to his workout, and began taking Nia. Now, Johnson takes two 75-minute Nia classes... Read more
"When it comes to fitness, there's a lot of noise out there. Try this. Do that. Take this. Change that. But there's one thing that has stayed the same for thirty years now–the Nia Technique. And for good reason."
"As dance-fusion routines are sweeping the nation, fitness creators want to take the work out of workout. Zumba focuses on fun; Nia on joy; and the Bar Method (the most discipline-heavy of these three popular trends) on the delights of achieving a long, lean, sculpted body."
Weekly sessions in Nia at Gilda's Club Seattle–now hosting support sessions, meetings, lectures, movies, meals, concerts, art groups, yoga and exercise classes and more for 20,000 members–gives cancer fighters a boost.... Read more
Fitness innovator Debbie Rosas, co-creator and founder of The Nia Technique, is coming to Oahu to lead a week-long blue belt training session from March 17 through 23 at the Still & Moving Center.... Read more
"Rachael Resch teaches a class at the Dance Space in Ashland. Don't get it confused with Zumba, because Nia blends dance yoga and martial arts all in to one; it was created about 20 years ago by a few people who wanted to prevent injuries while working out."... Read more
"Dance exercise is a little like restaurant cuisine. It leaps from culture to culture, and the latest extended trend is fusion. At the year-old Snap Fitness franchise in Longview, a zesty routine is keeping members moving. Nia Dancing mixes the flavors of martial arts, yoga and ethnic folk dancing, with a... Read more
"If you want an inside look into what the future might bring, you could go to the source. Debbie Rosas, co-founder of Nia Technique, the dance/exercise/fitness class that has got people buzzing, will be part of a trip to the Yucatan to explore the area with guests and speak on... Read more
Sarah Proctor, Nia teacher from York, shares her passion for Nia, a mind-body-spirit dance fusion exercise, which is gaining popularity in the UK since it was developed in the States almost 30 years ago. (See Balance magazine, Spring 2012, pages 134-135.)