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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 creative fusion of dance, martial arts and healing arts, and a transformative lifestyle practice that attracts the most wonderfully open-hearted, open-minded people. We have a blast as we play with and explore precision, structure and form, as well as freedom in movement. We fully express ourselves and move in a myriad of ways. Nia opens us up to explore our potential and to embrace who we are. 

Crafting and teaching Nia classes is my passion and an endlessly creative process. I adore learning, developing and creating Nia choreography, and diving deeply into the river to develop a rich and limitless unfolding and metamorphosis of our choreography. In class, we condition the body with a gorgeous blend of form and freedom. We also condition the nervous system, exploring and creating with a focus and intent that is shared at the beginning of class. We bring awareness and potentiality to all realms: body, mind, spirit and emotions. My strengths in teaching include leading students in exploring and expanding their creativity, as well as leading them to their edges to help them to shed notions of limitations. Each class is definitely a unique journey, and no two classes are ever the same. 

In our community, all are welcome, and we have so much fun together~ moving, dancing, exploring, expressing, conditioning, sweating, laughing! Participants regularly share their experiences of healing and transformation in all realms, and remark upon how the power of a regular Nia practice positively impacts so many other aspects of their lives. It's wonderful to witness such growth as students embrace the miraculous function, design, power and beauty of their bodies. 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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DuPage Dance Academy
109 East 1st Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126, United States
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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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Glow Private Studio
Portage Park, Chicago, IL, USA
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My Nia Classes

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Sunday 9:30am - 10:30am Glow Private Studio
Portage Park, Chicago, IL, USA
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Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm Leaning Tower YMCA
6300 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL, US
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Saturday 9:30am - 10:25am McCormick YMCA
1834 Lawndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Friday 10:15am - 11:15am 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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Thursday 6:30pm - 7:45pm Glow Private Studio
Portage Park, Chicago, IL, USA
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Wednesday 7:30pm - 8:30pm 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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Wednesday 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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