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  "Follow Your Path in 2016"

~Dancing Through Life Along the Way, Know Matter What Comes Your Way~


added May 3rd 2016

by Sherrie Flack
It is through The Body that you realize you are a spark of Divinity!

Invite your friends and family to step into health, healing and awareness the Nia way.
Nia is being offered twice a week at Move Studio Charlotte 1111 Hawthorne Ln Charlotte, NC!
Join Sherrie Flack every Monday at 9:30am & every Thursday at 10am.

Cost is $10
Wear comfortable clothing to move in, bring water to hydrate and bring a yoga mat to use at the end of class.

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Did you know... A Nia White Belt Training is coming to Move Studio CharlotteOctober 15th-21st. If you've been thinking about attending a Nia White Belt Training for personal enrichment or if you have a desire to teach the Nia training is close to home.

During the Nia White Belt Training Week in Oct you will have an opportunity to attend Nia classes every day during that week. Our regular Nia class times will be bumped to 11am during that week and you will have an opportunity to support our Nia White Belts by attending Nia class with them and we will all have the privilege to take class with Kate Finlayson 1st Degree Black Belt and Nia Trainer. 
See attached flyer for more information.

Jason Alan Griffin (JAG) takes his new Nia routines on the

This is the seventh year that Jason has traveled around the USA as a vagabond Nia teacher, and the sixth year that River is dog has accompanied him.

Jason is a Nia 1st Degree Black Belt teacher who thoroughly enjoys traveling and sharing his NEW Nia routine creations with other Nia communities as he travels abroad.

We are fortunate and so lucky to have Jason making a stop here in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, June 5th and Monday, June 6th as he shares two different Nia routines he's created with us.

1. *On Sunday, June 5th Jason will share Woodstock Experience with us at the Belle Johnston Community Center 1000 Johnston Dr. Pineville, NC 4-5pm. *This is an outdoor class.

Please see attached flyer for additional information.

On Monday, June 6th Jason will share his Nia routine Amazing with us at Be Yoga South Carmel
7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd #1a, Charlotte, NC 28226 9am-10am

Please see attached flyer for additional information


Nia Tidbit

Learn more about the Nine Movement Forms Used In Nia.

Nine Movement Forms of Nia

Principle 2: The Nine Movement Forms of Nia:  Dance Arts, Martial Arts & Healing Arts

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The Story of the Movement Forms from Nia co-founder, Debbie Rosas:

We studied various movement forms to balance the feminine with the masculine, the precise with liquid fluidity, the powerful with the yielding. Over time we found that by blending various movement forms, we were able to express and explore different aspects of our
physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. The movement forms connect us to a variety of energies, which together keep the body vibrant and healthy. They create different ways of breathing and moving, different energies and emotions. Each movement from has its own personality, and you will naturally be more attracted to one form over the others. Our intent is to help you discover the unique
essence each movement form offers. It is not necessary to have studied each form extensively; instead, capture the feeling, the essence each form brings to expressive movement.

Descriptions of the energies of each of the nine movement forms…

Dance Arts:  Jazz, Modern & Duncan Dance

p2 9mf jazz

Jazz – Fun, Showmanship & Expression

  • Move energy quickly, in short, explosive lines; isolations
  • Expression; passion exudes from hands and heart; playful
  • Coordination enhanced by synchronizing one body part with another
  • Infuse emotion into all parts of the body, all parts of the movement

Playful, attitude, jazzy, impulsive, showy, senseless fun, sudden, pulsating, sensual, isolated, burst, energetic, surprising, skillful, quick, hips, hands, fingers, shoulders, sexy, spontaneous

P2 9mf duncan

Duncan Dance – Spirited, Honest Movement

  • Childlike – run, leap, hide, climb trees, dance, fly
  • Creative exploration, unfolding mystery, magic & play
  • Joy of all emotion, expression with authentic ease; light heart
  • Opens ankle joints and spine; balance arises through physical ease, light feet & free-flowing expressive movement.

From the soul, child, spirit, angelic, freedom, exploring, running, playing, skipping, social, interactive, hope, positive, joy of play, effortless, fairy-like, magic, melodic, flying, unfolding, radiating

p2 9mf modern

Modern Dance – Playing with Balance, Shapes & Space

  • Shape-shifting; possibilities, choices, form & formlessness
  • Explore range of motion, emotion, balance, play; subtle & dramatic
  • Build core power in balance
  • Centered both on and off balance; dance around center

Moody, serious, free, introspective, on & off balance, tight & loose, form & formless, shapes, space, color, heavy, light, playful, contrasts, gravity, surprise, aloof, collapsed, hot, cold, pause, move, angles, circles, lines

Martial Arts:  T’ai Chi, Tae Kwon Do & Aikido

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T’ai Chi – The Slow Dance

  • Mind deeply relaxed; mindful of actions & thoughts
  • Power, ease, & lightness rooted in grace; Peace & harmony
  • Moving from the feet with relaxed joints establishes fluidity
  • Slow Motion cultivates strength, endurance & flexibility in the legs

Soft, relaxed, wind-like, fluid, water, grounded, rooted, connected, liquid, focused, balanced, meditative, graceful, integrated, strong, agile, effortless, gentle, flowing, circular, supple, quiet, open & rounded, dynamic ease

p2 9mf tae kwon do

Tae Kwon Do – The Dance of Precision

  • Lines that deflect, stop & move objects out of your way
  • Emotional strength, confidence, alignment: Warrior, Eagle
  • Punch from heart level, the most powerful center from which to deliver upper body force
  • Hand techniques – punches, strikes, spear finger, etc. –move energy & strengthen

React, sharp, solid, protective, thrust, aware, speed, start & stop, direct, quick, conscious, precise, directed, sudden, kick, punch, block, alert, power, pushing, aggressive, timing, resistance, anger, passion, fire, electricity, voice

p2 9mf aikido

Aikido – Harmonious Spherical Motion

  • Turning conflict into harmony; acceptance of what is
  • Create spiral & circular movements to cultivate energy
  • Consciously connect energy to center and direct it along the path of least resistance
  • Feel yourself in the center of a spiral, supported by vertical axis

Blending, relaxation, attention, continuous, flowing, spirals, circles, recycling energy, perpetual motion, in and out, infinity, figure 8, cooperative, harmonizing, peaceful & powerful, swirling, adapting, soft edges, connected, fluid

Healing Arts:  Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique & Yoga

p2 9mf feldenkrais

Feldenkrais – Conscious Feeling of Movement

  • Movement without effort; ease & efficiency
  • Let go of the pushing mind; slow down to reconnect & feel deeply
  • Move rather than react; listen before you move
  • Empower though self-guided movement, attention off teacher

Somatic, individualized experience, felt, perceived, self-conscious, healthy, healing, slow, self-adjusting, body-centered, connected, body-conscious, mindful, internally directed, awareness, sensation

p2 9mf Alexander

Alexander Technique – Movement from the Top

  • Organize the body from the top down; lengthening, reaching out & up
  • Light, lightness of being reflected in gracious posture, walk & voice
  • Self-observe habits to change them
  • Non-interference, consciousness & reasoned intention

Internal, subtle, not doing, consciousness, ease, flexibility, health, physical freedom, unbound, don’t try, easy, grace, naturalness, head up and out – body follows, upward direction, not overdoing or under doing, re-patterning, getting out of your own way

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Yoga – The Conscious Dance of Alignment

  • Align bones with the forces of the Earth & the energy around you
  • Use the mind to develop a better relationship with your body
  • Gain flexibility & power; restorative; increases and restores the natural flow of energy
  • Let go of effort; flexibility does not equal success; less is more

 We look forward to dancing with each and every one of you!

Weekly Nia Classes @ Move Studio Charlotte

is being offered twice a week at Move Studio Charlotte 1111 Hawthorne Ln Charlotte, NC!
Join Sherrie on Monday at 9:30am& Thursday at 10am.

Cost is $10
Wear comfortable clothing to move in, bring water to hydrate and bring a yoga mat to use at the end of class if you'd like.
Looking for other classes in the Charlotte, NC area? Please visit

Nia has been and still is a beautiful gift and a blessing to my life, which I continually receive knowledge and information from. I can't imagine my life without Nia! Thank you, Debbie Rosas Stewart and Carlos Aya Rosas for bringing this beautiful blend of music and fusion fitness to the world and to MY life!

The unique and blended methods of the Nia Technique offers a wonderful fitness experience in self-discovery and self-expression! Nia is not like any other workout I've ever experienced before...Nia is a life practice of ongoing learning and discovering!

Nia is FUN and truly excites my entire body each time I attend another instructors class or guide my own class!

Nia is the first workout I have discovered that leaves my body desiring more!

Nia has made me realize how important it is to listen to my body and become mindful and aware while exercising, sitting in a chair and even as I wake up and start my day each morning!

Thank you Nia!

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