Nia melds dance, martial and healing arts in an expressive, low-impact mind-body fitness program. Drawing on concepts from yoga, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Duncan Dance, Alexander Technique, teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, jazz and modern dance, certified Nia teacher Suzanne O’Grady will encourage participants to experience the joy of movement. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the base, core and upper extremities of the body. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels – which means you decide how hard you want to push your cardiovascular workout.
If it sounds a little New Age-y, well, that’s because it is. But some would say yoga falls into a similar category, so we double-dog dare you to give it a shot. You just might find that it’s a perfect mid-day refresher. No prior dance or Nia experience required.
See what Nia is like:
Suzanne teaches Nia at Philadelphia Dance Day 2012