Nia classes with Ann Marie
Current Class Schedule - updated Aug 28th, 2013
Mondays ~5:30-6:15pm Lower Native Sons Hall, Courtenay - new session starts Sept 16. Drop-in or register through the Lewis Centre, open to all.
Tuesdays ~ 3 to 4:15pm. Ongoing- d'Esterre House, Comox. Drop-in or register at the door, open to all.
Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30am Lewis Centre Gym - Special Need Adult Class - starts again in September.
Friday 9am - 10:15am. Ongoing Comox Seniors' Assocation. Drop-in or register at the door - reduced rate if you are a member of the Comox Seniors' Association. Open to all.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
You might even want to try consciously moving through your garden or on your favourite trail or walkway with this focus in mind. Notice how you sense your own bones and the energy that is within, moving and circulating. Then begin to notice the ways you sense that movement and energy traveling out along the bones as your feet step, as your arms swing, as you turn your skull to listen to a bird or to catch sight of a flower. Bring your Nia practice with you out into the world!
There are many updates I'd like to share with you, and I've sent out an email with the details. If you'd like to receive a copy of this email, make sure I have your address. You can email me at annienia(at)yahoo(dot)ca and ask for it.
Here are the basic details:
New Thursday night class starting in Comox on April 4th at 6pm in the Little Red Church. We need 6 people to sign up for the class to be a go, so pass on the word.
There is a Nia playshop on March 30th in Nanaimo with Marth Randall, who is the trainer I did my White Belt with to become a Nia teacher. I'll be going for sure! March 30th from 1 to 2:30pm, $25, at the Yoga Weir just past Nanaimo. click here for map
Ongoing Class Details:
Monday night classes resume on April 8th in the Florence Filberg - this is a big deal for me! We have been trying to get back into that wonderful space for over a year, so let's show the city that we're grateful for the space by filling it up with students.
Tuesday and Friday classes at the Comox Seniors' Association (d'Esterre House) are ongoing - Tuesdays at 3pm and Fridays at 9am.
There is one more session of Special Needs Nia before the summer starts, so if you know any adults who might like to try dancing with us, let them know it starts on April the 11th and goes until May 30 at the Lewis Centre Gym.
Embodying Gratefulness - Denise Nadeau is offering a series of classes in May that focus on embodiment and gratefulness. click here for details.
This summer I will be teaching Creative Dance classes for kids through Courtenay Recreation. The details are still being worked out, but the summer program guide will have all the information. There will be two age groups and both classes will be like Nia, but with less structure, and more emphasis on spontaneous play based on an imagined theme of the week. I'll keep you updated as the details are firmed up.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I found some great music during the holidays that I hope you'll enjoy. I've linked to a bunch of youtube videos below so you can get a taste. The videos themselves are just a means to an end - try listening with your eyes closed, or dancing away from your computer screen.
Looking forward to teaching you the new moves - it feels so good to get moving again after the holidays, doesn't it?
Monday, April 30, 2012
As the days lighten and warm up, I sense a lightening in my own heart to continue bringing more and more embodied movement, Nia, and community dance to this beautiful place where I live. I have deep gratitude for all the students who help keep my dream thriving, coming to classes and workshops, and so obviously enjoying themselves. If it takes two to tango, it takes a whole community to dance prayers and gratitude and joy and connection.
There is an opportunity coming up this Saturday, May 5th, to once again be part of the co-creation of community art. We've all been invited to come and dance while the Letz Sing choir sings in the Sid Williams courtyard. It's at 2pm, and you would be so welcomed into the circle of movement to help create a mandala of music and movement.
Monday, April 16, 2012
In this playshop we'll be looking that closely at the 9 movement forms:
Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Aikido
Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, Jazz
Alexander Technique, The Work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Yoga
Debbie and Carlos have taken something from each, the essence of each practice, and woven them all together to create the practice of Nia.
We'll take time to explore all nine forms, and then there will be time to reflect in movement as to which movement form you resonate with the most, which you find most challenging, and what the gifts of the movement forms are for you in your Nia practice and in your daily life.
The class is limited to 12, with a minimum 8 registered required to run.
Sunday, May 6th
1 to 4pm
Island Pilates Fitness Studio
Register by paying Ann Marie with cash or chq.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The response was overwhelmingly positive that the practice of breaking down the moves was helpful to participants. The chance to ask any questions and to check alignment in the mirrors were high on the list of things people appreciated most.
I've got my next palyshop date set at Island Pilates Fitness, for May 6th from 1 to 4pm. If you've got any requests for a theme, let me know!