Back in March our friend and First Degree Black Belt Instructor Jason Alan Griffin shared a lovely routine with us called Blue Earth -- and it blew us away. Immediately students asked whether Move2Center teachers would have the opportunity to embody and share it.
Well, Jason is offering an opportunity to learn Blue Earth that's open to everybody. Learn it for your own enrichment...and if you're a Nia instructor, embody and share it with your students!
Dance a preview with JAG prior to the Immersion!
Class #1: 6:30p.m. Wednesday, August 29 at Move2Center
(Drop in: $18 or included with Move2Center unlimited or 5-Class Pass. Not transferable to Balance class.)
Class #2: 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 at Balance Studio in Fremont, 418 N. 35th St.
(Drop in for Balance is $15)
Final Jam on Saturday, September 29: Time is TBD, but Save the Date!
The Routine Learning Experience
Connect with the Music: Sunday 9/9, 1-4 p.m. at Move2Center
Learn the Moves: Saturday, 9/ 15, 1-4 p.m. at Move2Center
Fee: $75 (includes public classes if you sign up prior to August 29)
For information or to register reach out to Jason at: email@example.com
Here's an excerpt of from Jason's blog post describing Blue Earth:
"Blue Earth was created as a very special project initiated by JAG in July of 2017. His idea was to enlist Nia teachers from all over the globe to collaborate via electronic media on a brand new routine.
The focus of the routine is on The Base and the intent is to bring Stability to our movements by touching the Earth.
...Students are saying that they love the routine and really appreciate all of the opportunities to settle into stability through focusing on the Base: the Lower Extremities. And while the focus on Stability offers an opportunity to self-heal, there is also great opportunity for a good work-out. This routine leaves students with an open, expansive feeling."
First she showed us how to Ignite the Power of the Pelvis and Maintain the Flame.
Now Susan Tate returns on Saturday, July 28 for a workshop guaranteed to lift up everybody:
"Cherishing the Sacred the Sacred & the Sensuous in Sexuality."
This workshop is magical, truly. I treated myself to previous version of it as a birthday gift to myself a few years ago, and can attest that it is a gift that continues to give long after its three hours are up.
Here more about it from Susan herself:
"Whether or not you are currently partnered, this workshop is about cherishing your relationship with your sexuality. This dynamic multi-media workshop offers a safe, sensitive discussion space to talk about how sexuality can be fun, sensuous, and sacred too. Pleasure, mindfulness, and wholeness will be discussed in a loving manner that honors individual values and spiritual beliefs. During the last hour, we will seal the experience into the body with the power and grace of a uniquely choreographed Nia routine. No prior Nia experience is necessary."
Saturday, July 28, 2018
1 pm - 4 pm
$50 Advance Registration
$65 at the door
Don't wait -- register today!
We are delighted to offer a special Monday night class with guest Nia teachers Tai Velasquez and Jennifer Lucero-Earle, blending meditation and Nia to start the week in balance!
Jennifer, a much-beloved member of our Nia community who recently relocated to another city, is visiting us from her new home in Southern California. And Tai's bright smile and sparkle are so uplifting for her students. Together, they are creating a beautifully centering evening.
Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $27 (tax included)
Payment: Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo and Square
Here are the details from Tai and Jennifer:
"Our inner and outer worlds are sometimes filled with noise and stressors that can feel unsettling and disrupt our sense of peace. Meditation is a mindfulness-based practice that can guide us to a calm and centered state of being. Nia is a movement-based practice that allows us to consciously guide our body, mind, heart and spirit into increased joy.
In Nia, we practice the art of living meditation; noticing sensation, creating space for whatever arises and emptying so that we can be fully present in the moment.
Combined, meditation and Nia can cultivate a sustained sense of inner peace, where you feel spacious, centered, light and present. This workshop will introduce you to a simple and soulful meditation practice that will soothe your body, mind, heart and spirit. Then, we will step onto the dance floor for a special Nia class focused on sustaining your connection to inner peace. "
About Tai and Jennifer
Tai is a meditation facilitator and Nia instructor whose passion is helping people slow down, get still and connect to their true self.
Jennifer is a Nia instructor, creator of ArcanaDance™ and a tarot counselor whose passion is supporting people to become more embodied, self-determined and attuned to their intuition.
Both Tai and Jennifer are proud to be women of color who deeply understand the journey their sisters go through to find sanctuary in their bodies, community and society. They create loving and supportive experiences so that people can let go, breathe deep and feel their way to hope and healing.
Your relationship with your body is the longest one you'll have. Shouldn't you love it?
This is how our view of fitness and wellness should begin. Too often instead we look at it as something we must force ourselves to do or we feel badly for not doing enough, or at all.
Ready to flip that script and to craft a positive relationship with your body? Then you're ready to experience Nia.
Join us for a two-hour workshop from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, September 21, that's designed for absolute beginners or newish Nia-lovers who want to find out more about the practice.
$15 for first-time visitors to Move2Center Studio.
5-Class Pass holders and Unlimited Nia Pass holders may attend for free. Bring a friend!
All fitness levels, ages, body types and abilities are welcome!
What to expect: In the first hour we'll discuss and move through the basic concepts and principles of Nia. Then, experience a beginner-level Nia class that puts it all together.
In Nia classes, we start from a place of pleasure and feeling good. We dance, we kick, we execute punches and blocks, and we laugh -- a lot. In doing this, we become more connected to our flexibility, strength and mobility, increasing our level of agility and improving our sense of stability. With regular practice, you'll experience an increase in stamina and have more energy.
So, are you ready to love your fitness routine?
Experience your birthright as a force of nature expressing beauty, grace, confidence and power.
Join Move2Center's own Ann Nicolaysen on Saturday, April 28th for Dance of the Deep Feminine, a evening of purposeful movement meditation.
What is the Dance? Originating in tantric traditions, this is a moving meditation that opens the portal to explore our deepest Feminine essence. It teaches women to move from their center and their womb (or womb space).
From Ann: "As women, we hold a universal truth that cannot be understood through the mind. To embody your feminine wisdom it must be awakened through your womb as a second 'brain'. Tapping into the mysterious fluid rhythms of your unique feminine essence, this movement allows for an effortless flow of energy leaving you feeling more sensuous, youthful, and more alive."
When: 6-9:30 pm on Saturday, April 28
Location: Move2Center Studio
3618 SW Alaska Street Seattle,WA 98126
(entrance is on 37th Ave SW)
Please RSVP: Ann Nicolaysen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 963-9479
Winter officially ends on March 20! To celebrate the start of Spring, Move2Center Studio is welcoming back our friend Jason Alan Griffin to share his new collaborative routine Blue Earth.
He'll be Melanie's guest on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30p.m. Those who dance with Jason know that he balances a fiery energy with a light playfulness, and his creativity is incredible.
Here's an excerpt of from his blog post describing Blue Earth:
"The Blue Earth routine was created as a very special project initiated by JAG in July of 2017. His idea was to enlist Nia teachers from all over the globe to collaborate via electronic media on a brand new routine. Using mostly Facebook and Dropbox, JAG, in Seattle, worked together with about a dozen teachers from as nearby as Portland, OR and as far away as New Zealand. Together they compiled a playlist and shared choreography ideas over video until, after several months, they co-created a wonderful routine.
The focus of the routine is on The Base and the intent is to bring Stability to our movements by touching the Earth. "
"...Students are saying that they love the routine and really appreciate all of the opportunities to settle into stability through focusing on the Base: the Lower Extremities. And while the focus on Stability offers an opportunity to self-heal, there is also great opportunity for a good work-out. This routine leaves students with an open, expansive feeling."
5 Class Passes and unlimited memberships can be used for this special class. Drop in is $18 plus tax.
Jill Pagano originated the first "Naughty and Nice" event in 2009. "Isn't it time you got a little naughty?" she asked her Nia students. Hers was an invitation to daring and joy, with a simple proposal: put way the exercise wear and strut our stuff in lingerie, nighties, evening wear, whatever made us feel sexy and beautiful.
"Now ladies, there is a time to play it safe-- taking Nia class in your gorgeous lingerie is NOT one of them!" she wrote. "I know dancing in your sexy nighties and such is a little unnerving, a little 'out of the box' shall we say. That's why we are doing it and exactly the reason you'll never forget the feeling of doing it! Vavoom!"
She was right. That night, women flocked to a private, velvet-walled cocoon that she created at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center dressed in lingerie, gloves, boas, whatever made us feel beautiful. Together, we celebrated the gift of our beauty, supporting each other in a celebratory, body-affirming environment. For me it was paradigm shifting in a HUGE way, incredibly empowering and profoundly healing. That was nine years ago.
Now, we have our own comfortable, perfectly secluded space...and we're resurrecting "Naughty and Nice" again!
The new "Naughty and Nice" takes place Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at Move2Center Studio. We're already cooking up some playlist ideas...a little Prince, some PJ Harvey, maybe even a musical cameo from RuPaul? It's going to be wild and fabulous, just like you!
Please note: This is an event for women only. Be sure to get there on time -- to keep things private, we'll be locking the doors by 6:15pm or 6:20pm.
Admission for this special fundraising event is $20. Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
See (more of) ya there!!!!
Did you know that throughout December and January, thousands of dancers in more than 20 countries participated in #DanceWild events? In March we have the opportunity to take part in the next round, in celebration of Ann Christiansen's new routine Ride!
Join us on Sunday, March 11 at 10:30am for this special class, part of a month-long global event designed to unite the global Nia community! This class is open to everybody, so bring friends along for the Ride! Until then, enjoy the official video to the routine's title track, embedded below.
#DanceRide is included with your 5-Class Pass or Unlimited Membership
Drop in: $18 plus tax.
Questions? Shoot us an email!
Let's be frank, it is hard to be happy when your feet hurt. Prevention is the best medicine to having happy, healthy and pain-free feet!
Happy Feet = Happy Body = Happier YOU!
In this 2.5 hour workshop not only will we review anatomy and mechanics of the foot, you will:
* Assess if you are in a Foot Fog.
* Learn Jill's 4 Step "Get Happy with Your Body Process" ( you can use anywhere on your body...we'll be using on our feet).
* Receive take home tools to keep your feet healthy thus improving how you walk, dance and keep your balance.
* Gain better understanding, appreciation and gratitude for your amazing body!
Date: **SUNDAY**, February 25, 2019
Time: Noon-2:30pm, $35
Online Pre-Pay discounted price: $25 + tax -- SAVE $10.
For more information, email Jill at JillFPagano@gmail.com.
Space is limited...reserve your spot today!
Coming Saturday, February 17: Make Mojo Work For You in the Year of the Dog!
Tap into magic as we move into 2018! Let’s gather and celebrate "Year of the Brown Earth Dog."
Auntie Sindy Todo always packs her workshops with high energy fun and enlightenment.
All ingredients and handouts will be provided while you enjoy bubbly punch and tasty hors d’oeuvres as you learn the process of constructing and blessing your own mojo bag.
The fun takes place on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 6p.m.
Limited space available, so reserve your place today! Cost: $25 per person, all inclusive.