Susan Duerksen

  • susand619@gmail.com

My Credentials

  • MPH in Health Promotion, BA in Journalism

Susan Duerksen

Nia Green Belt Teacher
San Diego, California, United States

When a friend took me to a Nia class five years ago, it changed my life. I had never been a dancer or an athlete, but had spent many years looking for workouts that were fun and not too boring. I enjoyed plenty of aerobics classes and videos, step, kickboxing, yoga, Zumba, salsa, you name it. But Nia is beyond a workout. Besides the fitness benefits, it's my favorite way to spend time. For me, an hour dancing Nia is an hour of happiness, focus, confidence, and strength.

In my professional life, I've always been a verbal communicator, first as a newspaper reporter and now in communications for a nonprofit. Nia has stretched me beyond my comfort zone of written communication, dissolving my inhibitions and giving me the confidence and physical power to express myself in dance and movement. Finally, after all these years, I love my body!

I became a Nia White Belt in January 2013, my 56th birthday present to myself. A few months later, Nia helped me recover quickly and completely from serious injuries caused by a freak accident (in which a car drove through my office wall). I was able to start teaching Nia by November of that year and earned my Green Belt in April 2014.

As a teacher, I love sharing the fun, power and grace of Nia – the play-acting and silliness as well as the sublime joy of moving freely in sync with the rhythm and melody of good music.  I see teaching as inviting and guiding you to connect with your body, your own energy, the music, and the people around you. Ultimately, I hope I'm empowering people to be good to themselves and others.

more
less

My Locations

Location Link
Metro Dance Studio II
6338 Riverdale Street, San Diego, CA, United States
view this location
The Dance Place
2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA, US
view this location
UC San Diego Recreation Center
9730 Hopkins Drive, University of California San Diego, North Campus, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
view this location
UCSD Recreational Gym
Scholars Lane, San Diego, CA, United States
view this location

My Nia Classes

Day(s)sort icon Time Location Link
Monday 6:00pm - 7:00pm The Dance Place
2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA, US
view this class
Saturday 10:30am - 11:30am Metro Dance Studio II
6338 Riverdale Street, San Diego, CA, United States
view this class
I don't have any trainings scheduled at this time. Please check back later.