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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, fun, 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 freedom and form 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 love the ongoing process of working 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 movements, as well as fluid, less-stuctured ones. Improvisation is part of this, a part of teaching Nia that I find deeply exciting and fulfilling (what we call 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! Crafting and teaching Nia classes is my passion.

Nia empowers people of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels to be expressive and creative, and to live healthy lives full of joy. I am grateful to share the brilliance and gifts of this work everyday. Join us on the dance floor!

 

Valerie is a Black Belt Nia Teacher, and has a background in dance, music, and visual art. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, taught painting and drawing, and has exhibited her work nationally. Valerie's fourteen year study and practice of ballet evolved into 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 playful, experimental, athletic, sweaty, graceful, inspiring, masterful, soulful, healing, expressive, and joyful. She also teaches creative group fitness classes specializing in balance, core work, weight training, and stretching. Additionally, Valerie is involved with energy work and healing, and is a Level II Reiki practitioner.

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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 Tribune YMCA
1834 North Lawndale Avenue, Chicago , IL, US
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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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Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, United States
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My Nia Classes

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Sunday 9:30am - 10:30am McCormick Tribune YMCA
1834 North Lawndale Avenue, Chicago , IL, US
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Sunday 4:15pm - 5:30pm Voice of the City
3429 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL, United States
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Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm 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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Wednesday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Irving Park YMCA
4251 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL, US
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Wednesday 10:15am - 11:15am 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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My Events

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Introduction to Nia 08/15/2015 - 5:30pm DuPage Dance Academy
109 East 1st Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126, United States
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