On Saturday June 13th, we invite you to dance and reaffirm that Black Lives Matter.
This event is focused on providing self-care and healing while also raising funds to benefit organizations that are leading the fight against injustice.
Participants will be guided through an hour of movement that blends dance, martial arts, and healing techniques by four Seattle teachers: Melanie McFarland, Ann Nicolaysen, Juliann Taube, and Jeanna Wheeler.
To reserve your spot and receive the event Zoom link, please pre-register at this link or by clicking either the picture above or the button at the bottom of this post.
Suggested minimum donation is $25, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Larger donations are encouraged from those who are able.
All proceeds collected by the event organizers, will be split equally between Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and Color Of Change.
Donations can be made via Venmo at @Jeanna-Wheeler. Participants may also make donations directly to these organizations via the links provided here or the buttons below.
When: Saturday June 13th 11:00am - 12:30pm PT (2:00pm - 3:30pm ET).
Event will be held on Zoom, so please ensure that your setup is adequate for viewing prior to the start time. Attendees will be muted throughout the event, and are welcome to dance with their camera either on or off.
Who: All ages and ability levels are welcome to join us.
If you are new to the movement, we hope that this event will inspire you to join the fight for Black lives, or refresh and energize you for your continued efforts. Through this dance, we heal ourselves, strengthen our community, and affirm our commitment to working for justice in the world.
A special thank you to Jeanna Wheeler for organizing this benefit and Aubrey Pullman for designing the graphic.
3/1/2020 0 Comments
Ready to dance your way to a happier body?
Maybe you're thinking, "Aren't I doing that already with Nia?" Well, sure! But as Wellness Visionary and Author Jill Pagano's new movement series "Happy Body: Move!" shows us, there's so much more we can explore. And it all culminates in a fantastic two-hour workshop on Sunday, April 5th from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Move2Center Studio.
All levels encouraged. NO experience needed.
Jill's "Happy Body: Move!" Sunday classes are at 9:15 a.m. on March 8, 22, and 29th.
They are included in all class passes (unlimited, 5 class pass, 3 for $30) Drop-ins are welcome for $18 plus tax.
The two-hour workshop on Sunday, April 5th from 2 pm to 4 pm is priced separately.
$35 via pre-registration (available by clicking the button below), $40 at the door.
Read on for more details.
"Happy Body: Move!" is a guided, easy dance meditation class that will leave you feeling grounded, relaxed and deeply connected to your body.
In this three-Sunday series, Jill will guide you through her signature approach to getting to know your body through consciously-connected, pleasurable movement.
Explore how to "Be with your Body" while being creatively lulled by soothing and inspiring music.
As a former Nia Teacher and Faculty Trainer, these dance meditations are designed to enhance your Nia practice and class experience.
The April 5th Workshop:
Dance, Discover and Feel Happier!
Join Author and former Nia Teacher & Faculty Trainer Jill Pagano for a fun afternoon of getting happy with your body! During this two-hour workshop, you'll play with Getting to Know your Happy from Section One of Jill's new book Getting Happy with your Body: How to Live in, Learn from and Love your Body Once and for All.
We'll seal our experience with a one-hour happy body dance class!
*Handouts included. Books available separately ($20)
Questions? Contact Jill directly by email (click here) or call 206-999-1743
In this workshop, Black Belt Nia Instructor and author Susan Tate and Wellness Visionary and author Jill Pagano will lovingly and playfully guide you to discover how your thoughts, feelings, and actions concerning your well-being can create a happier body and life.
During the second hour, you will have the opportunity to dance that into the body with a specially choreographed hour of joy-full dancing.
No prior Nia experience required!
Saturday, January 25, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 pm
$30 advance, $40 at the door
Why shouldn't fitness be fun, joyful and pleasurable?
Shouldn't it be something that you look forward to?
If you're ready to flip the old guilt-driven, "no pain, no gain" workout script, if you're ready to craft a positive relationship with your body and with your concept of fitness, then you're ready to experience Nia.
Join us for a two-hour workshop from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, January 24 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?
Create a Vision, Move Your Body & Seal it with Sound: A New Year Intention-Setting class blending Tarot, Nia, ArcanaDance™ & Sound Bath with Jennifer Lucero-Earle & Tai Velasquez
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Move2Center, 3618 SW Alaska St (lower level), Seattle, WA 98126
Cost: $60 in advance/$65 at the door.
Where do you want to place your attention in the year ahead? If you have an idea for an intention or simply want to invite one to surprise you, join us for this new year intention-setting class!
What you will experience:
- Use tarot imagery to inspire a meaningful intention for your life in 2020.
- Dance to release 2019 and welcome 2020 to a classic Nia routine (no experience required).
- Bring your 2020 intention to life through guided movement with ArcanaDance™.
- Receive and seal your intention with a Vibrational Sound Bath guided by Tai Velasquez.
No tarot or movement experience required. Tarot decks will be provided for use during the workshop. We will also provide paper and pens.
What to bring:
Wear comfortable clothes to move in freely, bring a water bottle, a journal (optional), your own tarot deck if there’s one you love, a yoga mat, blanket, pillow or anything else that will provide you with physical comfort during the sound bath.
Payment options: Cash, Check, Venmo (Jennifer-Lucero-Earle), PayPal, Credit Card
Ready to secure your slot? Email Jennifer by clicking the button below!
Or e-mail Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you sense it?
With every new year comes fresh possibility. Somehow, though, 2020 feels different. I’ve been sensing the coming of a great shift. In what direction? That’s up to each of us.
And all of us.
Join us for our New Year's Day Class this Wednesday, January 1 at 10am, featuring our very special guest (and always special to us!) author and movement revolutionary Jill Pagano, joining Mel and Ann in a Happy Body/Nia Jam to kick off the New Year!
Beforehand for inspiration, let’s look at the numbers.
According to something called “Angel Numbers,”
the meaning of 2020 is “that you have all the reasons you need to live your life to the fullest.”
In other numerology systems, the energy represented by the number 2020 has a resonance of focus and relationships, as well as conscientiousness, pragmatism, and teamwork.
Most of all, 2020 contains infinite potential.
According to Affinity Numerology, “The active use and evolution of facts and theories pertaining to a hard science is a 2020 trait. The 2020 energy is adept at discovering relationships among the facts of a science — and relationships between two or more unique science subjects.”
Want more inspiration? Adding the numbers together gives us 4 – the number of focus, specifically the focus on conscientiousness and building a foundation for the future.
Nia is a mind-body-emotion-spirit practice, and that makes is different from other fitness modalities. It's invites us to condition our bodies, but it also invites us to turn inward and consider all the possibilities we have our our lives.
We start every Nia class by setting a Focus and an Intent.
This gives invites us to fully immerse ourselves in sensation, and it also invites us to embrace every aspect of movement medicine. We also embrace the truth that Movement Is Life.
As such, we invite you to embrace the infinite potential of 2020 and step in with us on New Year's Day...
Set Your Focus and Intent...
Step Into This Magic Year of Possibility with Your Dance, Your Way.
Class is at 10am on Wednesday, January 1.
Already a Pass Holder? Email us and let us know you're coming: email@example.com
New to Move2Center? Your New Year's Dance with us is only $10.
Click the button below to reserve your slot!
Want to get moving during your holiday season?
Join Move2Center for our Joy-Full Holiday Open House
on Saturday, December 7 from 2pm until 5 p.m.!
Move2Center's Juliann, Alyssa, Melanie and Ann are excited to host Nia lovers and curious dancers for our first ever holiday open house!
If you're a current member come on in and bring a friend! If you've ever walked on by and wondered what Move2Center is all about, this is a terrific opportunity to drop in, check us out!
(C'mon, we know a few of you are curious...)
Regardless of whether you're new or already part of our incredible community, everyone who swings by the open house will be able to take advantage of special (VERY special) discounted prices on class passes. This is a terrific opportunity to purchase gift certificates for friends and family, or grab some deals for yourself.
We're also treating our Joy-Full Open House visitors to:
A Free Nia Class at 3 pm: Our holiday gift to the community! Space is limited, so reserve your spot online.
Fantastic Giveaways: Attend our free Nia class (or Juliann's regular 9am Saturday class on December 7) OR make a pass purchase at our Open House, and you’re automatically entered to win one of these great prizes.
Snacks and drinks will be provided as well. So drop by and step in with us!
Joining us for our FREE 3 p.m. Nia class? Let us know -- click on the button below to reserve your spot!
When newcomers join us for Nia, we always invite them to wear comfortable clothes they love moving in. Truly that is the only qualification. If you can move freely in it, if it feels good, it's suitable for Nia.
However, many times over the past few years Mel, Juliann and Ann have been asked where they get their Nia clothes -- and we're always happy to share our sources! To that end, here's a quick guide to our favorite dance clothing brands. We'll add new favorites as we find out about them.
(BTW: We're not getting paid to recommend these brands. We're just devoted wearers and honestly like them!)
Soul of Jiva
This is Mel's favorite dance wear brand. The fabric is sturdy and has great compression, and the tailoring is flattering to a variety of body shapes. The company is based in Sweden and offers free shipping to the U.S. However, be aware that if something doesn't fit, you'll have to pay the shipping cost to return the item.
Our first fitness-wear love! All of your Move2Center teachers love its flare pants. Nia has largely moved away from the classic styles but a variety of cool leggings and tops sport inspiring mottos and art from each of the latest routines.
If you've danced with Juliann, Alyssa or Emily, you've seen how flattering these tunics are on a varied of body shapes and sizes. And you can wear them out and about, too! We can't recommend this brand enough!
Move2Center welcomes Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen to a pair of special events at our studio. This is a last-minute visit for us, and we hope the West Seattle community will enjoy the work she is offering on Wednesday and Saturday of this week.
Introduction to the Time of Prophecies & the Sacred Wheels
8-10 p.m. Wednesday, October 23
Fee is based on a sliding scale: $33 to $55
Available via PayPal in advance or at the door.
During this event participants will:
* Explore guided movement to drop into embodiment and presence
* Share in the ancient ways of circle names locations of birth and intentions
* Offer greatest fears alive at these times
* Begin to walk on the WHEEL of GRIEF to experience what is ancestrally awaiting awakening
* Dance integrally to move what has awakened
* Sit in circle once again to share what is now realized
Dance of the Sacred Wheels Full Activation
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, October 26
Fee: $111 for the Dance of the Sacred Wheels Full Activation Day workshop,
Culminating in the Wheel of Abundance and Cacao Ceremony
During this event participants will:
Invite in the Building of Community through coming together with commitments:
* Trust building
* Sharing ancestral stories
* Arrive at Thresholds for leaving pain body
* Entrance on to the WHEEL OF GRIEF
* Commune with ancestral grief at each direction
* Circling with insights two by two then full circle
* Facilitating the WHEELS with the inquiry: WHAT does this invite from soul levels?
* Final circle: focusing on this earth body and where we all came from
From Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen:
In these times of prophecy and climate change. In these times of ecological awakening to what the earth herself is transmitting, we are called to the Sacred Wheels
What is it to walk a Sacred Wheel?
How does this move from the within of humanity into right service and right livelihood?
How can walking a Wheel make the grief of our ancestors palpable and expressed?
What is the alchemy of ceremonies held in traditional indigenous ways relevant for where I am right now?
Experience your birthright as a force of nature expressing beauty, grace, confidence and power.
Join Move2Center's own Ann Nicolaysen on Saturday, November 9th for Dance of the Deep Feminine, an experience 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: 1-4:30 pm on Saturday, November 9
Location: Move2Center Studio
3618 SW Alaska Street Seattle,WA 98126
(entrance is on 37th Ave SW)
Early Entry: $55 until November 4
After November 4-Day Of: $65
Please RSVP: Ann Nicolaysen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 963-9479
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