Over my 27 years of teaching NIA I often receive "gratitude" notes from those who take class from me. I want to share this particular insight about self-awareness/healing from our community. Here is just one that I received the other day ~ I respect the privacy of every dancer and share this anonymously and with permission. I love the way this practitioner relates this bounty of work to spatial exploration on the dance floor and in the forest. EnJOY.... a 1 minute read: Hi Anita. I am really enjoying the way you always bring new movement explorations to our practice. What I have been noticing lately is more flexibility in my chest and rib cage. I realize that it is not uncommon for me to just hold my chest rigid. This is probably partly due to my asthma, which fortunately is much better than it used to be. I have spent decades splinting my chest, holding it rigid, just to allow air flow. As I get more mobility I feel an incredible sense of ease. I also like doing movements to "2 o'clock, 10 o'clock, 8 o'clock and 4 o'clock. The usual axis for most of our activity is 12 and 6. The next most common axis is 3 and 9. Beginning to move intentionally into the in between axes( yes this is the plural of axis, I looked it up!) gets us off our usual paths into the territory in between that has always bee there, but that we don't often enter intentionally because of our habits. It is similar to what I have discovered by mushrooming where you have to get off the trails (where it is allowed like in state and federal forests) to find the mushrooms. Suddenly you realize you have been living on a narrow path in the woods and you discover an entire world that you have in the past simply passed by. I feel the same thing is happening with my body, whether I am reaching in to 5:30 or 2:15, or going down, rolling on the floor and standing up on my tippy toes. I learn there is freedom for my body, and by extension for my spirit and my life that I am just beginning to explore. As always, thank you! Thank you helping me to ground, helping me to soar, helping me to dance, helping me to live fully! From Anita: I AM SO THANKFUL!
Hi Summer Beauties, Below are the dates for the Summer Schedule at Anita’s Studio. NOTE no Friday classes during July and August. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE RSVP so we can get some dancing in to keep us all fit and strong for summer time play time. If your new to our dance community, please contact me at email@example.com, call or text 503-310-2864. Mon June 26 Wed June 28 Wed July 5 Mon July 10 Wed July 12 FRI JULY 14th NO CLASS at Anita’s Studio and NIA at the Beach on Fri July 14th ~ overnite beach trip ~ thank you HEIDI!!!!! Mon July 17 Wed July19 Mon July 24 Wed July 26 Mon July 31 Wed Aug 2ANITA”S STUDIO CLOSED 8/6-8/12Mon Aug 14Wed Aug 16Mon Aug 21Wed Aug 23Mon Aug 28Wed Aug 30
Mon, Wed, Fri class schedule resumes Sept 6th! I LOVE SUMMER! Anita
The focus of Bring It is Nia steps to generate a fitness workout using the primary movement form Jazz – Fun, Showmanship and Expression. Steps are among the tools we use to develop cardiovascular conditioning, along with the use of the three planes and the integration of the pelvis, chest and head. Working barefooted, we must become sensitive to the sensations of our feet during Nia steps. Steps in this routine include the foot techniques of Toes In and Out and Parallel, Heel Lead, Stepping Back on the Ball of the Foot, Ball of the Foot, and Whole Foot.
Steps can be done in all directions, to the front, the side, the back, in place, across and around the room. Steps are inherently rhythmic so they connect us directly to the rhythms of the music. Steps can be balanced, as in right and left, or they can be one-sided. Steps can be slowed down and sped up. Steps can be large or small, aiding in the practice of Levels 1,2 & 3. We can also create patterns with our steps, adding rhythmic complexity and creativity.
Steps provide excellent conditioning for all of the muscles of the base, aiding in the fluid experience of stability, as well as the freeing experience of mobility. Through Nia steps we engage with the space around us, keeping us aware of our bodies and our environment. As we step into our feet we find our center, and our ability to travel through time and space.
Have fun with this routine as you bring your passion and playfulness to your practice. Let’s Bring It!