"Dance is the hidden language
of the soul of the body."
Martha Graham

Shari is a Certified Nia White Belt Instructor teaching Nia, Dance and Movement Facilitation classes in Santa Fe, NM. Dancing since 1970, trained in modern and improvisational dance, she brings her own unique talent and energy to her classes, with a consistent focus on balancing, empowerment and joyful interaction with her students.

“Nia is movement-medicine for the body and soul.”

Nia simultaneously addresses the body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and puts them on the “same page” using music, movement and personal expression to integrate one’s neurology (including the mind, emotions, and spirit) with one’s outer body, or musculature. To achieve this whole-being integration, Nia addresses the whole person using a comprehensive, holistic exercise approach designed with a combination of nine classic movement forms. Created by Debbie and Carlos Rosas over 25 years ago, Nia blends dance arts, martial arts and healing arts.

Dance Arts: Jazz Dance, Modern Dance, Duncan Dance
Martial Arts: T’ai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido
Healing Arts: Yoga, Alexander Technique, The Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

Practiced barefoot to music, Nia is self-guided, adaptable and safe for any fitness level, from stiff beginners to highly fit athletes. Delivering cardiovascular, whole-body conditioning, Nia is based on creating a loving relationship with the body and following The Body’s Way – the innate intelligence of the body.

How does Nia work?

Nia honors the organic movements of the body to strengthen, stretch, open, align, balance, invigorate and heal. Accessible and innovative choreography engages the mind, stimulating music evokes the emotions, and instructor-guided focuses and visualizations access the soul. Engaging both the outer and inner self invites freer and fuller movement and results in a well-rounded and satisfying movement experience.

Who can do Nia?

The foundation of Nia is the pleasure principle-all gain, no pain. Nia choreography is designed to be adaptable by students according to their own intuition and self-referral. From athletes to dancers to those who are just starting out, students of all levels and backgrounds will be challenged and energized.

Who teaches Nia?

Nia teachers undergo an intensive certification process led by professional Nia trainers. Training sessions include instruction in anatomy, music theory and a wide range of movement techniques. Nia instructors are required to renew their certification annually.

For more information about Nia, please visit www.NiaNow.com.

“Nia is like chocolate - you can't describe it, you have to taste it!”

~To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.~
Martha Graham

Please contact Shari for more information or to schedule a private session.