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Valerie Beller

Valerie Beller

  • bellerstudio@gmail.com
  • 312-404-7352

My Credentials

  • BA, MFA, Nia Black Belt Teacher

Valerie Beller

Nia Black Belt Teacher
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Nia is a powerful, energetic workout, adaptable to the needs of each individual, from beginner to highly conditioned athlete. And, Nia is so much more than a workout. Nia is a transformative creative-movement lifestyle practice that attracts the most wonderfully open-hearted, open-minded people. We dance and move in a completely welcoming, nurturing community, and we have a blast as we play with and explore precision and form, as well as freedom in movement, expressing ourselves freely, and moving in a myriad of ways. Nia opens us up to explore our potential and to fully embrace who we are.

For me, teaching Nia is super-joyous and endlessly creative. I adore the ongoing joy of dancing in community and I am grateful to inspire people to find pleasure in movement. My students regularly share their experiences of healing and transformation, body, mind, emotions and spirit, and how the power of a regular Nia practice affects and spills over into all aspects of their lives. It's wonderful to see my students grow into embracing the miraculous function, design and beauty of their bodies. 

Crafting and teaching Nia classes is my passion. I love working and playing with choreography~ learning it, developing it, creating it, and allowing it to grow, change and evolve. In class, we step into a movement exploration that is composed of structured, precise patterns and movements, as well as fluid, less-stuctured ones. Improvisation is part of this, an aspect of teaching Nia and all of my movement classes, that I find deeply exciting and fulfilling (what we call in Nia, diving into 'the river of the unknown'). Being in the river allows me to lead students in exploring their 'edges' to help them to shed notions of limitations, to break through barriers, to condition the body and the nervous system, as well as to explore and create within the 'focus and intent' that is set at the beginning of each Nia class. Each class is a unique journey! We have so much fun together~ moving, dancing, exploring, expressing, conditioning, sweating! I am so grateful to share the brilliance and gifts of this work everyday. 

Valerie has a background in dance, music, and visual art and a deep interest in all kinds of creative movement and fitness. She began leading fitness classes at the age of seventeen. Students describe Valerie's Nia classes as highly creative, seamless, experimental, athletic, masterful, healing, playful and fun! Valerie also teaches creative strength training and balance/core classes.

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My Locations

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Irving Park YMCA
4251 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL, US
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McCormick YMCA
1834 Lawndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL, US
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Voice of the City
3429 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL, United States
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DuPage Dance Academy
109 East 1st Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126, United States
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Client Location
Chicago, IL, USA
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John B Murphy Elementary School
3539 W Grace St, Chicago, IL, United States
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Tribe
1819 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States
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My Nia Classes

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Saturday 9:30am - 10:25am McCormick YMCA
1834 Lawndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Wednesday 10:15am - 11:15am Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Friday 10:15am - 11:15am Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Monday 6:30pm - 7:30pm Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Wednesday 11:30am - 12:30pm Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Wednesday 7:30pm - 8:30pm Irving Park YMCA
4251 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL, US
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