When a friend took me to a Nia class six 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. I trained with Nia co-founder Debbie Rosas and Casey Bernstein to earn my Blue Belt in July 2015, and also completed an Art of Teaching workshop with Debbie.
As a teacher, I love sharing the fun, power and grace of Nia – the goofiness and play-acting 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 to others.