Nia, an internationally acclaimed practice for over 30 years.
Nia is now taught in 49 countries around the world. Awakening the senses, Nia teaches you to love your body and your life. Here in Australia, Nia is shared with enthusiasm by a lively community that has grown organically since 2004.
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15th April, 2021 in Nia Community
Three new routines are produced by Nia Headquarters each year. One of those routines is released to the Nia Teacher Membership on the very last day of the year, and it’s like receiving a Christmas present! The most recent one is called 2GETHER.
The name 2GETHER came from Debbie Rosas’s daughter who suggested how in this time of separation, people are hungry to be together again. A reminder that we are all connected.
Being able to get together in person and in class is something I am deeply grateful for, knowing that others may still not be able to, and also knowing that things can change very quickly and one day we may not be able to.
~ dance together now, because tomorrow we may not be able to ~
Just as we have a focus and intent in each Nia class, each routine has its focus and intent. This is then woven into the music and the choreography. The focus of 2GETHER is the kinesphere, a term created by Rudolf Laban (1879-1958).
Laban first studied architecture, then moved into dance and choreography. Laban became interested in the relationship between the moving human form and the space which surrounds it. The kinesphere is the space around us that we can reach to its periphery with our limbs, hands and feet, without stepping away from one’s place. You could think of it as your personal bubble.
What does “dancing in community”
mean to you?
“Dancing in community means connection to me. Seeing others dancing, smiling, laughing or just being aware of the their presence. A synergy can be felt that is entirely different than when dancing solo.” — Jen Fowler, Nia Teacher Canberra
“Togetherness. We are one. Entwined hearts. Bonding. Connection and connectedness. Nourishment of spirit.” — Jacqueline Quenault, Nia Teacher Magnetic Island
Written by Fiona Glenn, Nia Teacher Canberra
Fiona has completed the Nia White, Green, Blue, Brown and Black Belt trainings and the Nia 5 Stages training. Fiona is based in Canberra.
Fiona has always had an interest in health, human development and potential, and the field of epigenetics and epienergetics, and the central role the nervous system plays in this. She has been a practising chiropractor for 26 years.
4th September, 2020 in Nia Community
An Interview with artist, Annica Malmkvist who designed the Nia Swish on our apparel collection
In 2018 Nia Australia commissioned Brisbane artist Annica Malmkvist to design the artwork for our first apparel collection. That was such a success we again commissioned her late last year for our Spring design also. Below you will learn about Annica’s story and the inspiration behind her artwork.
Please share with us a little of your story?
I was born in Sweden but since 2005 I have called Brisbane home. I recently celebrated my 15th anniversary of living in Australia – that was on the 19th August. It is a very special date for me, as it is also my sister’s birthday.
Moving here 15 years ago with my partner, the intention was for us to only stay one year, as he had secured employment here. Through sponsorship, I was able to join him in Australia. It wasn’t long before I started on my own next life chapter and began training in Kahuna Massage on the Sunshine Coast and continued training there for many years.
16 August 1948 – 13 April 2019
Rose was a much loved member of the Nia community on the NSW South Coast.
You may have danced with her at one of the many Nia events she enjoyed – the most recent being the Nia Australia Gathering in Berry in March this year.Read More >
5th June, 2019 in Nia Community
Earlier this year we saw the power of our Nia Australia commUNITY and this was demonstrated once again with grace and generosity as 26 community classes came together to #dance4dignity to raise much-needed funds for Share the Dignity.
Every day, 48,000 Australian women face another night with nowhere to call home.
Not only did this wonderful event raise money it also raised awareness of the issues faced by women and girls experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and period poverty.Read More >
2nd April, 2019 in Nia Community
One of the most wonderful benefits of practising Nia is the commUNITY of beautiful souls you meet along the way.
It could be your teacher, your class members, other teachers, your students or even the many trainers who visit us from all over the world.
The heart of Nia is JOY.
This is the strongest when we come together.
This happened in March when 42 people came together for The Gathering, in Berry NSW.Read More >
It has been a number of years since Nia Australia has hosted its annual Gathering and as our community grows we wanted to offer the opportunity for us to come together to connect, learn and grow.
The Gathering is a two-night, two-day experience for our Nia Australia Community Member or Teacher Members. It will be held in Berry NSW on the 22nd-24th March 2019.Read More >
30th June, 2018 in Nia Community
If you are on Facebook you may have noticed a few people sharing a video about community. It is titled – ‘What we do together matters’ – a video celebrating community.
It pulls up your photos and has this text overlay over the video;
What we do together matters
Community means a lot
but it’s different all over the world
whoever you ask,
one things is always the same.
It’s what we do for each other
that makes community matter.